Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, Texas, Texas
Internal Number: 722864800
The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician provides supervision of medical instrument technicians who perform ECHOs is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab (NICL). The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician works under the day-to-day supervision of the clinical director of the Cardiology Department. 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. 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. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. 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 Determinations: GS-10 (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS 9) , 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 possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services. Examples of qualifying experience are: 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 Echocardiography; Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.; Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels; Ability to manage and supervise employees. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training. AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques. *2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program. *3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations. *4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget. *5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions. Preferred Experience (PE): PE 1. Required - BLS certification PE 2. At least 5 years of experience with echocardiograms including stress echocardiograms, TEE, strain imaging and 3-D echocardiograms. PE 3. At least 2 years of experience with supervision or program management PE 4. Registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer References: APPENDIX G27. MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-649 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS 10. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required Walking (6 hours) Standing (6 hours); Repeated bending (2-4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision 20/30; Both eyes required; Depth perception: Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted) ; emotional and mental stability; sit for extended periods; perform independently; cognitive stability ["The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician provides supervision of medical instrument technicians who perform ECHOs is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab (NICL). The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician works under the day-to-day supervision of the clinical director of the Cardiology Department. The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician ensures the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab performs comprehensive ECHO testing and provides results of ECHO studies to the Cardiologist for interpretation and treatment. The incumbent provides education and training for technicians assigned to the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab. 1. Utilizes computer skills to document patient notes and other Service work including necessary reports. Provides accurate and timely documentation of all procedures and therapy in the appropriate medical record, e.g., CPRS. 2. Maintains and submits statistics and other required reports by due date. Follows up on status of any open requests weekly and provides updates to Cardiology Section Chief in writing until completion. 3. Understands and adheres to policies and procedures of Cardiology Services the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). 4. Communicates effectively using interpersonal relationship skills when interacting with other members of the health care team or patients. Displays tact and courteous behavior when working with staff and patients. 5. Increases knowledge and skills by attending workshops, lectures, and meetings in the field of diagnostic ultrasound, cardiology and communicates information to NICL staff through email. 6. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. Supervision 1. Ensures ECHO techs complete their assignments timely and are competent on every procedure performed and have the knowledge required to set-up and operate all equipment employed to care for the patient. 2. Communicate expectations and provide monthly feedback on job performance to include improvements needed and positive performances to technicians. 3. Oversees the daily operation of the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab to include ensuring that clinic cancellations are submitted at a minimum 50 days in advance and that rescheduling plans include all attempts to reschedule patients into earlier appointment slots. 4. Conducts at a minimum monthly staff meetings and weekly verbal communication with staff to discuss issues if requested to be addressed prior to monthly meeting. 5. Informs subordinates of matters relevant to them in writing and has the authority to prepare and follow-up on personnel actions. Complaints by staff should be validated through data or reports prior to corrective actions or further actions being communicated to staff. Clinical Duties are the actual performance of Medical Instrument Technician duties in support of patient care and consistent with orders from Medical Doctors. These duties include: 1. Demonstrates competence to perform assigned patient care responsibilities required to meet the age-specific and developmental needs of patients served by the department. 2. Utilizes knowledge of thoracic anatomy, especially heart position; of dynamic internal structural anatomy of heart and component functions; of Cardiac pathology and how it alters heart position and internal structural detail. Work Schedule: M-F (Monday - Friday) from 0700-1600 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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