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Medical Instrument Gastroenterology (GI) Technician

Company: Air Force Institute of Technology
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Medical Instrument Gastroenterology (GI) TechnicianThe New Mexico VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician Gastroenterology (GI) assigned to the Nursing service line. The GI Technicians provide assistance to the physician, nurse manager, registered nurse, and other team members in endoscopic procedures, such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound. Help DutiesGastroenterology (GI) Technicians assist the practitioner in endoscopic procedures, such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound. The technicians ensure proper performance of equipment, set up equipment, and reprocess endoscopic reusable medical equipment (RME). Certification is offered by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) for level one and level two training. GI endoscope reprocessing certification is offered through the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD). The major duties and responsibilities of the Medical Instrument Technician (GI) includes but are not limited to:

  • Prepares procedural rooms for the performance of GI endoscopic procedures: setting up the instruments, testing the equipment for proper operation, ensuring the immediate availability of emergency cardio-pulmonary resuscitative equipment, biopsy forceps, specimen bottles, polypectomy snares, retrievers, injectors, dilators, balloons, and electrocautery units and accessory probes.
  • Evaluates the functioning and calibration of the monitoring equipment used during the procedure to ensure patient stability.
  • Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the GI procedures and anticipates the needs of the physician and/or registered nurse by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time.
  • Performs routine diagnostic or treatment procedures and/or to assist as a team member during procedures.
  • Assists in obtaining biopsies, brushings, polypectomy, and inflation of balloon dilators.
  • Prepares diagnostic biopsy specimens, assessing the adequacy of each, properly orienting the biopsy and placing in proper specimen bottle with appropriate labeling.
  • Assess biopsy specimen, identifying site, location and overall condition of specimen to meet pathology requirements.
  • Maintains adequate inventory of supplies in endoscopy rooms and places orders and follows through on obtaining any deficient supplies/equipment. Assesses equipment needs and identifies equipment needing preventive maintenance or repair and takes appropriate action.
  • Performs in a mutually supportive environment with the Nursing Service personnel to ensure proper coordination of work
  • efforts with the various personnel involved in the scheduling and preparation of patients for endoscopic procedures.Work Schedule: Day shift:10 hour 07-1730 or 8 hour 07-1530 / 0730-1600
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Functional Statement #: 000000
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
    • All 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.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
    • Subject to background/security investigation.
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
    • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
    • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.Qualifications
      Basic Requirements:
      • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
      • Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

        Grade Determinations: Gastroenterology (GI) Technician
        Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of proper performance of endoscopic equipment and procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
        • Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures.
        • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures.
        • Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures.
        • Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME).
        • Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care.
        • Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies.
        • Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration.Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

          Preferred Experience: Gastroenterology experience

          References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard, GS-0649, Veterans Health Administration.

          The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07.

          Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

          Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . 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. For further information, visit: .Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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.

          This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

          VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

          Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

          If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, r--sum--, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

          Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

          The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

          It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

          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.

Keywords: Air Force Institute of Technology, Albuquerque , Medical Instrument Gastroenterology (GI) Technician, Healthcare , Albuquerque, New Mexico

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