The Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. Participates with surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the Surgeon and Registered Nurse. The first round of applicants will be reviewed on 12/7/2022. Additional applicants will be reviewed on a weekly basis until all positions are filled or the close date of announcement. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. GS-07: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Provide assistance to the surgical team in highly complex surgical procedures. Properly handle instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures. Prepare, organize, and maintain highly complex sterile surgical setups. Observe and respond to each stage of a surgical procedure to anticipate the needs of the surgeon. Handle specimens appropriately. Reinforce teaching, and conduct training activities or instruct others in Operating Room procedures such as scrub role in surgical procedures. OR Have successfully completed (1) one full year of graduate education (or 18 semester hours) or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of the position such as anatomy and physiology, surgical technology, aseptic techniques etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR 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-06. 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. Preferred Experience: Certified Surgical Technician (CST)- Preferred. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. Physical Requirements: Duties require regular and recurring physical exertion. Manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of who are at various stages of unconsciousness is a regular occurrence. 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 is required. The incumbent must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon, while also promoting safe handling practice, limiting potential for injury. Patient sometimes are positioned in a manner which may require the surgical technologist to work in a strained position for an extended period of time to perform duties. The incumbent must frequently wear 20-30 pound lead aprons as protection from radiation during various procedures during the performance of their regular duties. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Possess expertise in the 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. Prepare instruments, supplies and equipment, and assist operative team according to Operating Room procedures. Adheres to principles of strict aseptic technique in preparing set-up for specific procedures. Prepare, organize, and maintain highly complex sterile surgical set-ups. Ensures proper disposal of instruments, linen, trash, needles, sponges, and all biomedical waste. Assists with positioning and draping of patients for specific procedures. Report and document pertinent patient and/or supply/equipment information pertaining to surgery. Observe and respond promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipate the needs of the surgeon. Knowledgeable of a wide variety of complex surgical procedures and possible complications. Proper handling of surgical specimens. Participates in departmental process improvements. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7a-330p with rotating call Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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