Surgical Technician
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Minneapolis, MN

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:

DUTIES: This position serves as Surgical Technician in Specialty Care located at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.. Major duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Explaining procedures to patients, assists with positioning of patients and adjusts equipment placement for patient’s comfort;
  • Determining technical factors needed to perform surgical procedures, sets parameters that control and operate equipment/instruments;
  • Adjusting and monitoring specialized equipment needed for difficult procedures;
  • Operating and maintaining the sterility of surgical instruments and equipment for diagnostic and surgical procedures;
  • Cleaning supply items and decontaminating the full range of reusable medical supplies and equipment, including visually examining items for damage, deterioration or imperfections and sterilizing items;
  • Assembling trays or sets according to guides and in a logical manner;
  • Supporting physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of patients undergoing surgical procedures; and
  • Performing diagnostic support duties such as taking, recording and reporting deviations in vital signs, taking specimens and labeling specimens for laboratory.
Work Schedule: Full time rotating schedules including 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 a
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 is received.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

SPECIALIZED
EXPERIENCE GS-7 : Applicants
must has one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully
the duties of the position at the GS-7 level? To be creditable, the experience
must have been equivalent to the GS-06 level in Federal Service. Specialized
experience includes; Examples
of qualifying specialized experience may include: working experience as a
Surgical Technician in an operating room; performing complex surgeries; e.g. open heart, thoracic, major
vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, endoscopy, complex spine, total joint
replacement surgery, etc.; collecting and labeling specimens, taking, recording
and reporting vital signs; taking tissue cultures or specimen samples;
decontaminating a full range of reusable medical supplies and equipment;
examining medical instruments for damage, deterioration or imperfections;
assembling surgical trays or sets; arranging and passing surgical instruments
and materials to surgical/health professionals. NOTE: 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.

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF
EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE GS-7 : (1) year or more of successfully completed
graduate-level education or an internship with courses directly related to the
position? One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the
number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1
year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the
school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of
full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in
accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school
attended. (Transcripts required.)

OR

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GS-7 : equivalent combinations of
experience and successfully completed education to meet the total experience
requirements to qualify for the GS-7 position? (Transcript required.)

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. The
English Language proficiency statement appears as on the Assessment Questionnaire.

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

·
SKILL
TO ASSIST THE SURGEON/SURGICAL TEAM DURING SURGICAL PROEDURES.

·
KNOWLEDGE
OF SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES.

·
SKILL
TO PREPARE AND MAINTAIN SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, SUPPLIES, AND EQUIPMENT.

·
ABILITY
TO COLLABORATE WITH ALL MEMBERS OF A SURGICAL HEALTHCARE TEAM.

·
ABILITY
TO EXPLAIN SURIGCAL PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION TO A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in
lifting and positioning patients, most of whom are at stages of
unconsciousness. There are extensive
periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing,
reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments
and supplies for the surgeon. The Surgical
Technician must be dexterous in passing instruments and supplies for the surgeons
without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring
little or not effort from the surgeon.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

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 checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

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. BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
US

OTHER INFORMATION:
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.

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