Department of Veterans Affairs - Dallas, TX

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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.


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



You must be a US citizen to apply for this job

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Must be a permanent employee of this facility.

Certification, education and experience provide documentation of the qualifications of surgical technologist which is a valuable to the operating room services, preferred.

The Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the Operating Room (OR) team member during surgical procedures. The surgical technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the supervision of the perioperative registered nurse and surgeon. The surgical technician possesses and demonstrates knowledge and skills of expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic principles and incorporates the knowledge of human surgical anatomy, and surgical intervention techniques, in conjunction with surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment to facilitate the surgeon's performance during invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Incumbent functions in the primary scrub role, handling and assembling highly specialized surgical instruments, supplies, and medical equipment used during surgical procedures. Performs pre-operative patient interview to assert and verify demographic data as documented on the patient's informed consent. Identifies patient by verbally verifying identification arm band and medical record with patient's family and/or significant other, offering reassurances, emotional, and physical support. Informs the charge nurse, perioperative nurse, surgeon and anesthesia provider of discrepancies in the patient's medical record, pre-operative laboratory results, and change in patient's medical condition that may adversely affect outcome of the proposed surgical intervention.Responsible for the prep shave of the patient's surgical site. Responsible for setting up the sterile field with all required surgical instrumentation, medical equipment, surgical drapes and sterile supplies. Demonstrates initiative and self-direction to prepare, organize and maintain complex surgical sterile setups. Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy and physiology to prepare the sterile field for various surgical procedures in assigned surgical specialties. Monitors the sterile field for breaks in technique and takes appropriate corrective action. Performs sponge, sharps and instrument counts with a circulator to assure accurate accounts of items used in deep cavity procedures. Takes appropriate corrective action when incorrect counts are identified. Demonstrates knowledge in body mechanics to assist in the transporting of patients from the stretcher to operating room tables, and ensures the safety of the patient during transport. Assumes responsibility and accountability for the ordering/inventory of all supplies and instruments. Demonstrates accountability for maintaining and updating surgeon's preference cards for surgical procedures performed in the operating room.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday- 11am-7:30pm with Saturday Rotation, and on-call.

Recruitment Expenses and/or Incentives may not authorized.

Qualified applicants will have met the qualification requirements

listed in the OPM Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions (Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-640) and can be found at:

GS-7: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-6.


Education: Applicants may substitute education for experience at this grade level also. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7.


Combination of Education and Experience:
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required graduate-level education you have earned. Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-7 level.

Time-in-Grade Restriction:
Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of service at the GS-6 level.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


Ability/knowledge of surgical procedures performed in various surgical specialties.

Completion of a certified surgical program is preferred.


Knowledge and understanding of disease, wellness, anatomy and physiology, and body mechanics and skills for communication both verbally and in writing.


Knowledge and ability to comply with infection control standards.

Knowledge/ability of aseptic and sterile techniques and principles, sterilization and disinfection of surgical instrumentation and endoscopic equipment.

Has a strong foundation in the principles of patient safety standards and emergency procedures.


Knowledge and ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all members of the surgical team to include the preoperative registered nurse, staff surgeon surgical residents, and anesthesia providers to achieve positive patient outcomes.


Knowledge of and ability to initiate appropriate actions in emergency situations to prevent, treat, or de-escalate crisis situations


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answer, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Applicant must meet all requirements by closing date of vacancy.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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:

All 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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, 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



Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...