The Health Technician (Surgical) position is located at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System, Office of the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, 1B Tertiary Care Medical Center, Operating Room (OR)/ Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Section. The Health Technician (Surgical) reports to Nursing Service through the Nurse Manager Operating Room (OR)/ Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and functions as an integral part of the surgical team of a 1B Tertiary Care Medical Center. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/29/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Individual Occupational Requirement: Applicants who meet the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) described below are fully qualified for the specified entry grade and must also meet the specialized experience and/or education requirements. Experience Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): 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. In addition to meeting the above Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) AND Time-In-Grade, applicants must also meet the experience relevant to this position. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one 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: Experience with all Surgical Sub-specialties (General, Laparoscopic, GU, GYN, Ortho, Neuro, ENT, Plastics, Robotic, CV/Thoracic); experience with scrubbing on Complex Procedures, Robotic Procedures, Open Heart Procedures; experience with normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of all systems, and how these systems interact and what impact surgical intervention had on these systems; skill in the use of wide range of instrumentation for all surgical specialties: names functions, assembly/disassembly, testing and calibration for safety and accuracy, functioning/troubleshooting if they malfunction during surgery, maintenance, disinfecting and sterilizing; and skill in the use of draping techniques which will establish and maintain a sterile field, protect the patient's privacy and provide security for delicate instruments, i.e. electrocautery hand pieces, scopes and cameras and laser hand pieces. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-07 level. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate education (18 semester hours) or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of the Surgical Technician position such as anatomy and physiology, surgical technology, aseptic techniques, etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Copies of transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level. You must have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of the Surgical Technician position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Copies of transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Experience must be clearly indicated in your resume. 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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Infection Control Medical Information Technical Competence 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: Physical and mental stamina are required, the duties involve frequently working under considerable stress, tense (sometimes life-threatening) situations and with patients who are in a sedated state with loss of orientation. Work involves long, strenuous hours of standing, stooping, bending, and stretching without a break during procedures which require intense concentration. Involves frequent lifting of instrument trays and moving of equipment/carts to position or transport handicapped or anesthetized patients. Requires strenuous physical exertion and agility. Manual dexterity and agility are required to correctly assemble, test or repair instruments. Strain is incurred in staying alert on long cases under difficult situations. Scheduled for on-call for emergency procedures on a rotational basis, including holidays and weekends. Expected to respond, for emergencies, even when non-on-call. Expected to stay beyond shift if more than one room is running. ["This position is covered by AFGE bargaining unit. Per the AFGE Master Agreement, the Area of Consideration will be: 1st Area of Consideration - Current Facility and CBOC employees; 2nd Area of Consideration - VA Nationwide applicants; 3rd Area of Consideration - Other Status candidates Duties Include: Thorough knowledge of appropriate name, uses of, dosages, physical characteristics and adverse effects of all medications used on the sterile field. Handles specimens correctly. Ability to interact effectively and communicate clearly and appropriately with all levels of medical center staff, visitors, patients and students. Able to identify and/or take action to correct actual or potential safety hazards concerning the infection control and equipment malfunction when setting up complex systems. Prepared grafts, suctions, holds retractors, applies staples, prepares prosthetic items and other surgical devices during procedures. Ability to correctly perform the Heimlich maneuver and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Ability to prepare/set-up endoscopic towers, powered equipment and all accessory equipment. Utilizes appropriate assistive devices (i.e. lifts, transfer devices, other personnel) to promote safety of patients and staff. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM, 10:00 AM -6:30 PM. Call hours will be 6:30 PM - 6:30 AM, Monday - Friday. Call on weekends and Holidays will be 24 hours from 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Surgical Technician - Operating Room Tech/PD07205A. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required."]
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