The Medical Instrument Technician - Gastroenterology (MIT-GI) is assigned to the GI Lab, which is organizationally responsible to Nursing Services. The MIT - GI is responsible to assist the physicians in endoscopic procedures. The technicians ensure proper performance of equipment, set up equipment and pre-clean endoscopic reusable medical equipment (RME.) The MIT - GI is an integral member of the GI Lab. 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. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d) No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BLS certification. 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: Medical Instrument Technician (GI) For GS-7: Applicants applying under this announcement must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level, Medical Instrument Technician (GI). Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to specialized procedures such as ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). They are proficient with GI endoscopic equipment and ensure proper performance of endoscopic equipment; select alternate equipment or adjust equipment settings to accommodate patient needs and produce high quality technique. They collect, process, and label all specimens; train other technicians in basic endoscopic procedures; work in and outside the GI unit offering technician support during emergent and on-call endoscopic cases; and assist the nurse in patient care duties such as obtaining vital signs, dressing and documenting all pertinent information in the patient's records. They inventory and maintain par levels of specialty equipment for the endoscopy unit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following: 1. Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures. 2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures. 3. Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures. 4. Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME). 5. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care. 6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies. 7. Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting and Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling, Pushing, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Keyboarding, Viewing computer screen (8 - 12 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands and legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and Emotional/Mental stability. ["The major functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Support diagnostic/therapeutic procedures; Assist as technical support for the physicians by obtaining biopsy specimens, removal of colon polyps by manipulating snares, hot biopsy forceps and retrieval baskets around these growths endoscopically, and injection of sclerosing and hemostatic agents during endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS); Collection of specimens for cytological and microbiology examinations; Manipulate outer abdominal wall of patients during some colonoscopy procedures [splinting] to facilitate advancement of the video endoscopy instrument through the intestine and to reduce the risk of possible colonic perforation; Responsible for patients safety during electro-surgical procedures, assuring proper patient grounding and proper function of electro cautery equipment; Provide care that incorporates the age, gender, cultural and learning needs of patient requiring basic planning and evaluation of care; Apply infection control measures and don personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately; Communicate with team members regarding patient care; Adhere to ethical principles and standards in delivering care; Enter information into patients' record identifying the scope(s) used during the procedure(s); Apply knowledge and skill core competencies of the assigned unit to patient care Use effective communications skills with co-workers to achieve desired patient outcomes; Demonstrate mandatory and clinical competencies of the position; Operates diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments, equipment and accessories; Supports physicians and/or other medical professionals in using therapeutic instruments, equipment and accessories; Prepares all necessary equipment and supplies for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures Complex decision-making to solve both routine and often unexpected problems related to supply and equipment maintenance, sometimes in urgent clinical setting Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600, 0800-1630. On call holidays, weekends, and after hours\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Medical Instrument Technician - Gastroenterology GS- 07\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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