Medical Instrument Technician Vascular Job in MANCHESTER, NH

Vacancy No. CBTD-11039178-21-JKC Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $59,498.00 to $77,346.00 Grade 9 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 2/23/2021 Close Date 3/9/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
MANCHESTER, NH


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 02/23/2021 to 03/09/2021

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 9

  • Salary

    $59,498 to $77,346 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Part-Time

Locations

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Manchester, NH 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Announcement number

CBTD-11039178-21-JKC

Control number

592991100

  • Videos
    Videos

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/00ehNfVIhUA

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The incumbent in this position is in the Vascular Surgery Section and reports to the Chief of Surgical Service at the Manchester VA Medical Center within the VISN 1 New England Health Care System. He/she provides care and well-being of patients with conditions and diseases related to vascular care and the treatment of such conditions.

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    Responsibilities

    The duties include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Responsible for the day-to-day operation, administration, strategic development, and overall implementation of policies in the non-invasive vascular diagnostic lab.
    • Performs non-invasive vascular diagnostics studies (approximately 90%).Administrative responsibilities associated with lab function including QA (approximately 10%).Performs high quality non-invasive physiologic and duplex ultrasound vascular studies.
    • Performs high quality ultrasound exams of the cardiovascular system utilizing B-mode, 2-dimensional ultrasound, Color Doppler and Pulsed Wave Doppler measurements.
    • Performs a high degree of technical skill in the lower & Upper extremity physiologic exams, abdominal visceral duplex exams, abdominal aorto-iliac duplex exams, abdominal vena cava and iliac vein duplex, and lower & Upper extremity duplex arterial and venous exams.
    • Performs standard examinations and performs more in-depth examinations when abnormalities are present.
    • Logs and processes requisitions to the vascular laboratory.
    • Maintains adequate reports and files of all studies.
    • Relays information to the physician and patient care providers to provide diagnostic assistance when needed.
    • Evaluates all equipment and the techniques for non-invasive vascular testing.
    • Enters patient demographics correctly into the hospital computer system as well as the ultrasound equipment.
    • Records pertinent patient history and supporting clinical data in obtained to facilitate optimal diagnostic results.
    • Performs high quality ultrasound exams of the cardiovascular system utilizing B-mode, 2-dimensional ultrasound, Color Doppler and Pulsed Wave Doppler measurements.
    • Performs standard examinations and performs more in-depth examinations when abnormalities are present.
    • Advises the vascular physician and ordering provider of preliminary results of the exam, recognizing significant findings that may require emergent care and relaying information to insure proper treatment.
    • Evaluates the nature of critical and emergent procedures and rearranges patient priorities to accommodate them.
    • Processes all worksheets and digital images, including the preliminary findings and presents to the vascular surgeon for interpretation.Receives patients, explains method of procedure, and prepares the patient for examination.
    • After reviewing the patient's chart, determines the method of scanning to be used and makes the necessary machine adjustments and transducer selection appropriate for the exam.
    • Routinely devises innovative and adaptive approaches to technical problems while working with patients to include adjustments of equipment and technique. Problem solving is done independently so that the patients are not delayed. or required repeating.Employs universal precautions of infectious disease control.
    • Reviews, evaluates and participates in the continuing education programs and refers to pertinent clinical literature with regards to improving the quality of examinations.
    • Maintains current knowledge of requirements in the areas of infection control and patient safety.
    • Maintains a safe patient care environment, identifying environmental risk factors impeding patient safety and comfort and taking proper steps toward resolution.
    • Orders and stores supplies for the laboratory to ensure continued support for patient care.
    • Ensures compliance with universal precautions. Ensures appropriate procedures are performed to prevent cross-contamination. Engages nursing staff to assist as needed when patients arrive with wound dressings.
    • Follows manufacturers recommendation for cleaning instruments and equipment that may contact the patient.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule: Monday from 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST)Compressed/Flexible: May be Available
    Telework: Not available
    Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position.
    Functional Statement Title/FS#: Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)/PD608-F2300
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • You must be a United States Citizen to apply for this job
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • VA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov.
    Qualifications
    This vacancy announcement is open to the public (United States Citizens). If you are a current permanent VA employees or current permanent Federal employees (Other than VA), please apply to Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) CBTD-11039177-21-JKC. All applicants will be considered external applicants for this position.

    Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
    • CITIZENSHIP: Applicants must be United States Citizen as required by 38. U.S.C. 7402 [NOTE: When it is not possible to recruit qualified United States Citizens, necessary personnel may be appointed on a temporary basis under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 without regard to the United States Citizenship requirements of 38 U.S.C. 7402 or any other law prohibiting the employment of or payment of compensation to a person who is not a citizen of the United States. Candidates must meet all other requirements for the grade and position concerned.].
    • ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
    • EDUCATION: There are no specific educational requirements for this position.
    • LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.
    • PHYSICIAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must complete a pre-employment physical and other medical related requirement in accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

    GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-09 GRADE LEVEL:

    In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.
    • EXPERIENCE: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would be experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fully perform all vascular ultrasound tests and examinations and to function as a technical director of the vascular laboratory and provide oversight and/or guidance to other technicians.
    • DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk
    1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to vascular ultrasonography.
    2. *Knowledge of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and other regulatory requirements.
    3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.
    4. *Ability to manage and supervise employees.
    5. *Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.
    • CERTIFICATION: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.
    • ASSIGNMENTS: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
    • SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS: Non-supervisory vascular technicians may have assignments that because of their nature substantially exceed the full performance level. A review of proposed non-supervisory special assignments for the GS-09 grade level and determination regarding their appropriateness will be conducted. These assignments are expected to be relatively few in number and must represent substantial additional responsibility over the full performance level.
    References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Dated March 17, 2006.

    Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing or walking for prolonged periods of time; bending, reaching, stooping, and stretching to set up an take apart equipment and apparatus, and pushing or pulling heavy objects such as mobile ultrasound equipment. The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average dexterity to perform intricate vascular laboratory study procedures.
    Education

    There are no specific educational requirements for this position.

    Additional information

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are NOT covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    38 U.S.C. Section 7412, Annual Determination for Staffing Shortages; Recruitment and Appointment for Needed Occupations waives the requirement to apply Veterans' Preference to external applicants for appointments made during critical staffing shortages across the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for this Occupational Series, 0649.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume/CV - required by ALL applicants
    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search - required by ALL applicants
    • Most recent Notification of Personnel Action with salary information (see below) - required by current and former Federal employees.
    • Most recent performance appraisal - required by current Federal employees
    • Copies of licensures, certifications, and/or registrations - required by ALL applicants
    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    Optional:
    • Cover Letter
    • Declaration for Federal Employment OF-306 - required by applicant who is selected for the position

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/09/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11039178.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.

    HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

    Agency contact information JENNIFER CHANDLER JENNIFER CHANDLER
    Address

    Manchester VA Medical Center
    718 Smyth Road
    Manchester, NH 03104
    US
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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    A bustling urban center in quiet New England, Manchester, New Hampshire combines history, industry and business. The Amoskeag Millyard is home to The Millyard Museum, which tracks the history of what is now Manchester back 11,000 years. The Currier Museum of Art focuses on paintings by big names like Picasso and O'Keeffe. Head to the nearby town of Merrimack and visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where guests can taste seasonal beers and see the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses.

    You are invited to join a team-oriented medical staff providing care for those who have served.

    Manchester VAMC's services include urgent care, primary care, ambulatory surgery, specialty clinics, mental health, hospital-based home care, community acute care, and long term care. In addition to the medical center, it also operates 4 community-based outpatient clinics, a Research Department that is internationally recognized for its study of PTSD and other behavioral disorders, and it has a contract with Concord Hospital to allow NH Veterans served by the facility to have improved local access to inpatient hospital care.

    Please visit https://www.manchester.va.gov/about/index.asp for more information.

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