Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Las Vegas, NV

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)

885720

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?

Exciting opportunity to join a dynamic

Radiology

department in a new, state-of-the-art VA facility in the entertainment capital of the world - Fabulous Las Vegas! Be part of an innovative team serving our nation's heroes. Las Vegas offers no state income tax, affordable housing, an international airport, world class dining, plenty of outdoor recreation, and 300 sunny days a year!

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) is comprised of a newly constructed 80+ bed medical center, a 120 bed nursing home care unit, (4) primary care clinics along with remote facilities in Pahrump and Laughlin, Nevada.

As an employee of the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, you will be serving our nation's heroes in our state-of-the art medical facility. VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment. We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor. We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers. Since 1972, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 240,000 veterans living in our catchment area. In addition to our main facility in Las Vegas, we offer services in two community-based outpatient clinics located in Henderson and Pahrump. VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System continues to expand and improve our services. Please take a brief moment to view the progress and construction updates on the new hospital and community living center in North Las Vegas. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

You must submit VA form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations to receive consideration for this position. Failure to do so will result in your application being determined ineligible for further consideration.

NOTE:
The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses

are not

authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must pass pre-employment examination

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations required

DUTIES:
This position is located at the new VA Hospital in North Las Vegas. You will be responsible for performing a wide range of ultrasound exams. He/she must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment.

He/she is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographer in providing a final interpretation.

The Ultrasound Tech operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all Ultrasound examinations.

This position performs above the full performance level.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
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Perform sonographic examinations ranging from the routine to highly specialized procedures;

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Set up and adjust all equipment and manually maneuver the tranducer to perform examinations;

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Assists radiologist during invasive procedures;

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Responsible for obtaining pertinent diagnostic examinations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position, you must have the following Basic Requirements AND Experience:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

:

a.

Citizenship.

Citizenship of the United States.

b.

Education.

There are no specific education requirements for this occupation.

c.

Licensure or Certification.

Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at this grade level as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

d.

English Language Proficiency.

Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

EXPERIENCE:
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of Medical Instrument Technologist.

GS-09:
One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower level in the Federal service.

Examples

of qualifying experience include: complex imaging techniques, state-of-the-art methodologies and accurate data acquisition and manipulation to optimize the sonograms for physician interpretation; experience in recognizing the need for additional views or how to vary patient positioning to enhance the illustration of lesions or abnormalities. Advanced computer knowledge in order to understand and process complex studies to provide sonograms suitable for interpretation. Knowledge of physiology and cross-sectional anatomy to identify location, appearance and function of various major and minor systems and the physical abnormalities associated with most diseases or lesions in order to interpret examinations. Experience with instrumentation and equipment sufficient to manipulate all controls to obtain the best possible images of each disease process and to determine when maintenance or repair is needed. Ability to perform Abdominal, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Vascular, small parts and complex ultrasound procedures on scheduled patients. Knowledge of basic nursing practices related to emergency cardiac arrest and resuscitator procedure, use of oxygen to assist breathing difficulties, the handling of critically ill or debilitated patients, and the management of wounds and dressings.

As a part of the Occupational Questionnaire, you will be rated on your overall knowledge, skills, work experience, and ability to perform the specialized tasks that the position entails.

Please do NOT respond to the competency factors listed below; these statements are addressed in the Questionnaire.

Examples of these competency factors are:
1. Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breasts, and scrotum;

2. Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.

3. Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations;

4. Knowledge of Joint Commission and other regulatory requirements.

5. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

References:
VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II, Appendix G27 Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard.

PLEASE NOTE:
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Al

l education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1/4 hours); Pushing (1/4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4-5 hours); Standing (up to 4-5 hours); Repeated bending (up to 4-5 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted)

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application

checklist

or visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

.

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

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

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

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