***Recruitment incentive may be approved for highly qualified applicants*** This is an Open and Continuous Announcement and will remain open until the December 31, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be August 16, 2022. Applicants will be referred on an as needed basis after this date. Based on the needs of the hiring agency; this announcement may be closed at anytime and without notice To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed (1) one full year of graduate education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Education must be in a subject related to the position to be filled. Only education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position will be accepted. Education cannot be credited without documentation OR Combination Education and Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. Applicants must have successfully completed education and specialized experience directly related to the work of the position as outlined above that meets the requirements of the position. Only education in excess of the 6 months (9 semester hours) may be used to qualify applicants for the GS-07 level. (i.e., 1.5 years, or 27 semester hours, of progressive graduate education leading towards a master's degree would meet 50% of the qualification requirement.) NOTE: If using education combined with specialized experience to qualify, a copy of your transcript is required Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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 Surgical Technician (ST) is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the surgeon and Registered Nurse. The Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the surgeon and registered nurse.\nDuties include but are not limited to: Possess expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, implementation tools and technology to facilitate a surgeon's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Function as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures including but not limited to: urology, plastic and general surgery procedures. Select and prepare instruments, supplies and equipment, and assist operative team according to Operating Room procedures; adhere to principles of strict aseptic technique in preparing set-up for specific procedures according to Operating Room procedures. Prepare, organize, and maintain highly complex sterile surgical set-ups; position patients for specific procedures, perform preoperative skin prep, and provide instruments, supplies and equipment to the operative team according to Operating Room procedures. Report and document pertinent patient and/or supply/equipment information; process, sterilize and distribute instruments and supplies, store supplies and equipment in designated areas, and safety changes and/or store nitrous oxide, nitrogen, and other gases according to Operating Room policy Work Schedule: Full-Time Employment; Monday thru Friday: 06:30am to 3:00pm; weekdays and weekends on call and stay-late required\nPosition Description Title/PD#: Surgical Technician/ Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, and clear distinctive speech. Considerable manual dexterity is required to pass instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner that requires little or no effort from the receiving surgeon. Duties involve considerable strenuous physical exertion on a regular, recurring basis. Examples include lifting and positioning patients.in various stages of consciousness who have received anesthetic agents and lifting heavy packages and equipment. 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. Works in warm, confining, and potentially uncomfortable gowns and masks. Long periods of standing, frequently in uncomfortable positions, are required when assisting in highly complex surgical procedures of unusually extended duration. Duties are performed in the operating room which requires special OR attire with regular and recurring exposure to toxic and noxious gases such as methylmethracrylate, constant exposure to latex and latex products, exposure to x-rays and pure oxygen, exposure to blood and body fluids which are often infectious, and laser beams requiring special safety precautions. Appropriate scrub attire is required, including sterile gown and gloves, surgical caps to cover incumbent's hair, and surgical mask in order to provide aseptic special attire such as a \"space helmet\" or hood used during total joint replacements. Incumbent must wear protective eyewear such as goggles or face shield to prevent inadvertent splash injuries to his or her eyes. Appropriate laser glasses must be worn when working with lasers. Incumbent must frequently wear a 20-30 pound lead apron as protections from radiation during various procedures for extended periods of time. Required personal protective equipment is provided by the facility. The operating room work environment is complex, intense and fast paced. The incumbent must be a mature, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, demonstrating cheerfulness, compassion, courtesy, and concern. Good mental and emotional health is required in order to function at an optimum level. Must be quick and dependable in taking emergency action and in using initiative to prevent accidents. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level."]
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