Advanced Medical Instrument Technician (Endoscopy)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Portland, Oregon
Internal Number: 712187800
The incumbent will function as an integral member of the GI team during procedures of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterology (GI) Technicians assist the practitioner in endoscopic procedures, such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy(EGD), colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound. The technicians ensure proper performance of the equipment, set up equipment, and reprocess endoscopic reusable medical equipment (RME). 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Secures patient's confidence/cooperation during procedures. Explains the endoscopy procedure within technician's scope. Answer patient's question during procedures. Position patients for desired results and cushions and shields as appropriate. Varies procedure or position to adjust to patient's medical condition. May administer medications under close supervision and direction of physician. Operates and maintain medical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Grade Determinations: GS-8 (Positions at this grade may be lead or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.) (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of advanced specialized gastroenterology procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, 3, and 4 are appropriate for all positions at this level. KSA 5 is to be used as appropriate for the specific assignment. 1. Knowledge of complex gastroenterology procedures, such as ERCP with spy glass, ablation procedures, mucosal resection procedures, fine needle aspiration procedures and capsule studies. 2. Ability to provide briefings and orientations to hospital staff including physicians. 3. Knowledge of regulatory and advisory agencies such as Joint Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and applicable laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). 4. Knowledge of medical terminology related to GI and biliary systems used to identify pathology or for specimen identification and procedure documentation and knowledge of advanced anatomy and physiology to recognize obvious abnormalities during procedures. *5. Ability to provide staff development and training. (c) Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have SGNA core level one and two certifications (BLS and ACLS). (d) 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. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 2 YEARS GI EXPERIENCE PREFERRED The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-8 to GS-8. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["Secures patient's confidence/cooperation during procedures. Explains the endoscopy procedure within technician's scope. Answer patient's question during procedures. Position patients for desired results and cushions and shields as appropriate. Varies procedure or position to adjust to patient's medical condition. May administer medications under close supervision and direction of physician. Operates and maintain medical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and treatment procedures. Determines technical factors, sets up and adjusts specialized endoscopic equipment with multiple features that requires precise patient positioning to operate correctly. Selects and sets technical factors for invasive endoscopic procedures. Operates endoscopy equipment and assists medical staff with or performs diagnostic procedures used to diagnose medical conditions. Assist in the performance or independently performs invasive procedures. Recognizes deviations in patient's condition and takes appropriate action. Uses practical knowledge of the location and function of major body organs and structure related to the gastrointestinal system. Work Schedule: 9 hour shift 745-1715 Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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