Surgical Technician
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Shreveport, LA

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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.
You will be subject to a drug test upon appointment to this position. DUTIES:

This position is located in Surgery service at the VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. the Surgical Technician is a member of a surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Function as primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during surgical procedures. Set up sterile field with all required items for each procedure. Plan and discuss each procedure with surgical professional and assure that all supplies and equipment are available. Observe and respond promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of surgeons. Utilize universal precautions and follow all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens and supplies. Assist the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, prepping, and obtaining supplies. Assess equipment needs and maintain adequate stock of supplies and materials. Perform other duties assigned as it relates to the position.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (rotating on call, after hours and weekends)

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

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.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for this position you must meet the following criteria:
GS: 07 O ne (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the
particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties
of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been
equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Specialized
Experience is defined as experience in an operating room setting assisting with
simple and increasingly complex surgical invasive procedures to include but not
limited to open heart, thoracic, laparoscopic, vascular, neurosurgery,
ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic, and urology procedures; and using
surgical instruments and equipment; setting up sterile fields using aseptic and
sterile techniques and principles.
OR

GS-07: O ne (1) year of graduate education that is
directly related to the work of this position. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). This
education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or
technical school, junior college, college or university.

OR
GS-07 : Equivalent combinations of graduate education and
specialized experience directly related to the work of this position.
(UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). This education must have been obtained in an accredited
business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or
university.
AND
This position has a Proficiency Requirement: "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.
AND
This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factor for this position is: "I have experience as a Surgical Technician in an operating room within the last five years".
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
NARRATIVE RESPONSES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:

Knowledge of surgical procedures, techniques, and materials in order to assist the surgical team during surgical procedures.
Knowledge of safety procedures for surgical procedures.
Ability to explain information and procedures to a variety of people.
Ability to prepare and maintain surgical supplies and equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of which are 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. Employee must be dextrous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon. Duties are performed in the operating rooms and GU Room which require special OR attire with regular and recurring exposure to toxic and noxious gases. Employee must frequently wear a 20-30 pound lead apron as protection from radiation during various procedures. Good mental and emotional health is required.

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: Overton Brooks VAMC
510 E Stoner Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71101-4295

OTHER INFORMATION:
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.

The 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 (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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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