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This position is located at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center in Hines, IL. The Surgical Technician assists the surgical teams in preparation and maintenance of a safe and sterile environment during surgical intervention and must anticipate needs of the surgical teams and respond to urgency with speed and accuracy. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Functions as primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, equipment, and medication used by the surgeon during intervention;
Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, etc.;
Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical set-ups;
Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipating the needs of the surgeon;
Assists team members with care of patient (positioning, prepping, obtaining supplies, and transporting to and from the operating room);
Handles all specimens appropriately, including labeling, keeping organized on table, and transporting to lab;
Performs sponge, needle, and instrument counts and is responsible for the accountability for all surgical instruments and equipment during surgical procedure;
Assists surgeon by performing such procedures as suctioning, holding retractors, cutting sutures, and making minor adjustments or cleaning instrumentation of debris;
Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment;
Assists training residents, medical students, nursing students, and new operating room staff;
Assists surgical team in time of cardiac or respiratory arrest which requires quick thinking and immediate action by bringing arrest equipment to site of emergency;
Performs pre-cleaning and cleaning of reusable medical equipment;
Assesses equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials; and,
Performs other duties as assigned.
Irregular Work Schedule - Rotating Shifts Day/Evening and on Call Weekends and Holidays
Designated Drug-Testing Position:
Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
English Language Proficiency:
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Surgical Technician. Such experience required performing in a surgical program providing assistance to the surgical team in highly complex surgical procedures; functions as the primary scrub person handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures; preparing, organizing, and maintaining highly complex sterile surgical setups; observing and responding to each stage of a surgical procedure to anticipate the needs of the surgeon; handling specimens appropriately; and reinforcing teaching, and conducting training activities or instructing others in Operating Room procedures. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate education (or 18 semester hours) or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of this position such as Anatomy and Physiology, Surgical Technology, Aseptic Techniques, etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of this position (as described above). NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
Quality Ranking Factor
"Certification as a Surgical Technician"
- has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:
Quality Ranking Factors
are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors
will not be used for screening
, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
ABILITY TO SET UP AND MANAGE A STERILE FIELD
KNOWLEDGE OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES
SKILL IN THE OPERATION AND USE OF SPECIALIZED INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT
KNOWLEDGE OF SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES
ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE
Performance of the duties requires varying stages of physical and mental exertion. Walking, bending, lifting, standing, and sitting are all necessary in varied degrees according to needs of individual patients and teams. Manual dexterity is essential in assembly, disassembly, and handling of instrumentation. There could be long periods, 4 to 6 to 8 hours of standing, especially during the periods of call back duty for emergency surgeries. The person in this position could also be assigned to multiple services during a tour of duty. Appropriate scrub and protective attire is required which may at times be confining, warm, and somewhat uncomfortable. This protective attire provides aseptic environment and enhances infection control as well as protecting the surgical team.
Performance of duties may include unpleasant odors and exposure to infection and performance of duties during the time when temperature must be controlled to treat patients may be uncomfortable. Protective clothing, masks, goggles, lead aprons, shoe, and leg covers are available and must be worn to protect personnel from body fluids. Safety and special precautions for protection of all personnel and patients must be adhered to without exception.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
APPLICANTS 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. Please refer to this
to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed "
SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference
," (go to
) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at
. IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: 5000 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:
Please visit the
VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
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