Vascular Lab Diagnostic Coordinator, Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: 711866100
The VA St. Louis Health Care System is recruiting for a Vascular Lab Diagnostic Coordinator, Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)at the GS-10 grade level located in Surgery Service at the John Cochran Division. Vascular Lab Diagnostic Coordinators operate non-invasive diagnostic equipment to help coordinate longitudinal and acute care with the vascular surgery for all vascular disorders. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/23/2023. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. . 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 certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations". 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Grade Determinations: 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level. KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment. 1. Advanced knowledge of the most 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. 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 desirable. Preferred Experience: References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard GS-0649. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. Physical Requirements: Position requires frequent walking, stooping, bending, and pushing/carrying of heavy weights, involving movement of equipment, supplies and patients. Prolonged periods of intense concentration are required up to 8 to 12 hours without relief, and stress is extremely intense, especially during emergencies. Long periods of work followed by call situations are frequent due to the nature of the job. The job calls for above average agility and dexterity with an ability to make rapid decisions and reactions that can immediately affect the morbidity or mortality of the patient. Work Environment: Work will be in the operating room, outpatient vascular clinic and laboratory, wards and ICU/CCU. May be required to work in other medical institutions. Danger is involved in working near anesthesia gases and ionizing radiation. Exposure to these agents is hazardous. Contact with patients and blood products may expose the incumbent to transmittable diseases. Movement of emergency equipment and patients may cause injury from heavy weight or blunt trauma. Exposure to special hazards such as body fluids, body waste, blood and blood products. Exposure to contagious and infectious diseases (such as HIV, and Hepatitis). Exposure to surgical hazards of needle/scalpel punctures. ["The Vascular Technician independently performs the full range of vascular ultrasound procedures including the most complex and non-routine, in the peripheral vascular diagnostic lab or on the inpatient wards. They are required to perform and synthesize data on tests regarding life and limb preserving treatment strategies and hence their performance requires the highest level of responsibility and professionalism. They make appropriate adjustments in established procedures and techniques to obtain the results required for clinical diagnosis and documentation. Unparalleled technical expertise is essential to avoid misguided clinical decisions which can result in the performance of unnecessary procedures and operations, loss of life and limb and have associated liability risks. They are concerned with blood flow abnormalities, which is one of the specialties in Vascular technology. Vascular technicians use ultrasound and non-invasive machines to record information, such as blood flow and pressure; cerebral, abdominal and peripheral circulation; and oxygen saturation. Then they share their findings with the doctors and advance Practioners for diagnosis. Vascular studies are done in Pre-operative workup of patients with vascular disease, diagnosis of diseases and complications as well as for post-operative surveillance. Occasionally they will also perform intraoperative studies and participate in procedures such as venous ablations. Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of vascular technology and skill in its use, as well as Doppler physics, plethysmography, and imaging sufficient to perform a full range of procedures including quality assurance and clinical correlation (and the theories and techniques unique to vascular surgery). Knowledge of and skills in communication and training sufficient to provide technical instruction on problems and advise other departments/hospitals on complex ultrasound/vascular special procedures and assist other sonographers in the acquisition of vascular imaging expertise. Familiarity with the policies, procedures and standards requisite for and the professional judgement necessary to successfully guide the non-invasive vascular laboratory to successful accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. appropriate to the requirements of various tests. Knowledge of peripheral vascular test systems sufficient to make minor modifications to logic schema to determine corrective actions for problems. Familiarity computers, computer terminals, and computer interface functions. Knowledge of technical, physiologic and mechanical indicators of malfunction sufficient to locate and correct errors. Skill in calibrating, operating, and maintaining instruments and equipment Knowledge of related disciplines to evaluate test results in relation to other patient and drug parameters and other laboratory data. Knowledge of office procedures as related to reporting methods, cross-reference files, laboratory filed and data storage systems. Knowledge and skill sufficient to use and maintain instruments such as vascular ultrasound and segmental pressure measurement equipment used in the non-invasive vascular laboratory. Knowledge of and ability to apply emergency first aid and resuscitation techniques to patients exhibiting distress during examination. Skill in reading sonograms and identifying and explaining medically significant findings therein. Skill in setting up, adjusting, operating and maintaining diagnostic ultrasound and ancillary equipment. Ability to visualize the position and functioning of three-dimensional forms within the body from a two dimensional presentation (sonogram or cathode ray screen). Work Schedule: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 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 require"]
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