Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Denver, CO

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 835514

Final permanent grade, step and salary will be determined based upon Professional Standards Board recommendation, Human Resources technical review and Medical Center Director approval.

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-8. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Background and or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. DUTIES:
This position is under the supervision of the Pulmonary Manager. The primary duty of the Medical Instrument Technician is to monitor patients during all stages of sleep utilizing a variety of sophisticated recording devices. He/she will be responsible conducting sleep study procedures that include patient hookup, sleep screening tests, multiple sleep latency tests (day sleep tests) and troubleshooting, analysis, sleep staging, record scoring and Video EEG monitoring. The incumbent must also have prior experience working with CPAP/Bilevel therapy. He/she will be responsible explaining the various procedures to the patient and monitoring and proper operation of equipment used in the Sleep Laboratory. The incumbent will be expected to stay abreast of technologic development related, but not limited to polysomnographic studies including computer technology.

TOUR OF DUTY:
1 position: Day shift Mon-Fri 0800-1630

2 positions: Night shift 2000-0600 days TBD

with possiblity of extended hours and weekends. Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship

English Proficiency

Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.

Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements above, you must meet the following to be considered for the grade level. Please note: Final grade determination will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.

We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-4 Level: Must possess at least 1 year of experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. (Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Polysomnography Technicians operate the electroencephalograph and other devices to record the electrical activity of the brain during sleep. In addition, I demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of basic medical terminology. 2 . Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used. 3. Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress. 4. Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted. 5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

OR

Completed two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-5 Level: Must possess at least 1 year of experience at comparable to the GS-4 grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Polysomnography Technicians operate the electroencephalograph and other devices to record the electrical activity of the brain during sleep. In addition, I demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions. 2. Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment. 3. Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities. 4. Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures. 5. Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

OR

Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-6 LEVEL: Must possess 1 year of experience comparable to a GS-5 which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

In addition, I demonstrate the following KSAs: 1 . Knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters. 2 . Knowledge of standard devices such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devices, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts. 3 . Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts, etc . 4 . Knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc.). 5 . Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct the sleep studies.

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-7 LEVEL : Must possess 1 year of experience comparable to the GS-6 grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.

This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized polysomnography examinations. In addition, I demonstrate the following KSAs: 1 . Knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices. 2 . Ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals. 3 . Knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy. 4 . Knowledge of Bi-Level pressure titrations. 5 . Ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep. This includes the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings .

TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-8 LEVEL(Full Performance Level): Must possess 1 year of experience comparable to the GS-7 grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. 2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form. 3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action. 4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 . 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 must claim preference on their application or résumé. Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy, which shows the characterization of service), and if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later . 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 Veterans 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 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, as of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
  • All Non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any 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.
  • Subject to suitability determination.
  • Employees who occupy a Testing Designated Position are subject to random testing.
  • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).
  • You may be required to serve a one-year initial probationary period.
  • Within 30 days after hire, you are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification from the American Heart Association. It is highly desirable that this certification is obtained prior to employment.
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.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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