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Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiograph)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Summary This position is located in Specialty Care Service, VA Amarillo VA Health Care System (AV AHCS), Amarillo, TX. The Echocardigraph Technician works under the general direction of a physician who specializes in Diagnostic Ultrasonography modalities (Echocardiography, Carotid, Vascular). This vacancy is being extended until filled. ***A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual.*** Responsibilities Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. The practitioner must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of each specific modality, and the interpreting physician relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation. All imaging technologists must be knowledgeable in the application and usage of Electronic Health Records (EHR), and Patient Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS). Independently performs complex ultrasound examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them. FUNCTIONS a. Advises interpreting physician or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. b. Performs ultrasound examinations including but not limited to the Echocardiograms, Carotid Duplex, and Emergent DVT/vascular studies for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. c. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section. d. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. e. Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood. This is done so that an adequate ultrasound study may be obtained to assure treatment and diagnosis of disorders. f. Reviews related information found in the patient's electronic medical record to correlate findings. g. Provides and sends ultrasound images and related information into the PAC's system, as well as communicates with interpreting physician. h. Performs routine housekeeping duties to assure that the ultrasound lab area is clean and sanitary. i. Follows Standard procedure for disinfection of the transducers as required. j. The incumbent must be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. k. Responsible to the interpreting physician, Chief of Medicine, and supervisor for any other tasks or duties as appropriate, assigned, and/or directed. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm and occasional on-call. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiograph)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment 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. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in written and spoken English Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Preferred Experience: One year adult ultrasound experience Current BLS certification Grade Determinations: SPECIALTY - Echocardiography Technicians operate diagnostic equipment to graphically record the position and motion of the heart walls or the internal structure of the heart and neighboring tissue by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the chest wall. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS). Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area. Specialized developmental experience obtained under supervision of appropriately certified individuals may be credited. GS-9 Grade Requirements - To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. NOTE - This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services. For Reference: GS-8 Assignment - This represents the full performance level. Echocardiography technicians at this level identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. They incorporate the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination. They change and develop sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition or dimension of the patient, presence of prosthesis or foreign objects, and ultrasonic response of different body parts. They produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound. For Reference: GS-8 KSA's - Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - (1) Ability to produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler spectral display, and colorflow Doppler imaging. (2) Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases. (3) Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the four chambers of the heart and valves using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients across obstructed valves, etc. (4) Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic, Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography. (5) Ability to adapt transducer positioning, instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings. GS-9 KSA's - You must meet the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Echocardiography. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels. *Note: Please ensure how you meet these KSAs is clearly described in your resume; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience. Certifications/Registrations: The following certifications and registrations are desired but are not required at the GS-9 level. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) Registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G17, Dated 7/7/2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs Light carrying, under 15 lbs Straight pulling, Pulling hand over hand, Pushing, Kneeling (1 hour) Pulling hand over hand (1 hour) Pushing (1 hour) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Walking, Standing (1 hour) Repeated bending (1 hour) Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Both eyes required Depth perception Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors Education Education may not be counted towards qualification for this position at that GS-9 level. Additional Information Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. [Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable.] At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. 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 exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. 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. 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.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Amarillo , Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiograph), Healthcare , Amarillo, Texas

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