Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) MUSE-External in Boston, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Boston, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Service: Medical Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819965



OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 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.**


  • U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other agencies.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under announcement: RS-17-CM-1819966-BU.


The incumbent's main duties will be to manage the MUSE System which is the database for all EKGs, Holter Monitor and Exercise Stress Testing EKG strips recorded during studies. The selectee must be proficient in typing , detailed orientated and organized which is needed to accurately collate newly transmitted ECGs for distribution to the Cardiologist and editing of final interpretation upon return. The incumbent is responsible for checking patient information, timely transmission, and prompt editing of EKGs, Holters and Stress tests. In addition, the technician is responsible for acquiring EKGs from 3PM to 7PM on the wards and whenever requested at other times during their tour. Incumbent must be able to acquire EKG tracings of good quality and recognize malignant arrhythmias. Technician must be able to sit for long periods of time and be able to maneuver body in order to acquire EKGs on inpatients. Incumbent is responsible for sorting EKGs for encounters into the proper EKG clinics and completion of encounters using the accurate applicable codes. In addition, the incumbent will be trained in applying various cardiac monitors. WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time, Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 8:00pm. Required to work Holidays that fall on Tour of Duty.

Functional Statement #: 905130 NOTE: This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. NOTE: * Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. *NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. Initial appointment to this position is subject to the recommendation of a professional standards board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary will be recommended by the board and is based on the personal qualifications of the candidate (i.e. education, certification, experience, etc.) NOTE: Current or Former Federal Employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. NOTE: Designated Drug-Testing Position: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

VA Handbook

Basic Requirements • U.S. Citizenship: To be eligible for appointment in VHA, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States (U.S.) • English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

*• Physical Examination: * Selected candidates for this position must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be found suitable to perform the essential duties of a Medical Instrument Technician. (These medical exams are conducted by the VA at no cost to the candidate).

• Certification: No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification.

GS-6 Qualification Requirements In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicant must have: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. The duties include clerical functional duties in a medical setting, acquiring EKGs, and entering patient information as required on ECGs.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure.

  2. Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests.

  3. Knowledge of universal precautions and sterilization techniques and ability to follow CDC guidelines in cleaning equipment.

  4. Ability to monitor the patient for adverse reactions and take appropriate action.

  5. Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing.

PLEASE 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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; religious; 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.

Physical Requirements:

The work requires an individual with dexterity of all extremities. Individual will be standing for a majority of the working hours, but will also include some walking, bending, lifting and carrying of items. Work also requires transferring and moving patients on stretchers and moving heavy endoscopy equipment carts. The work may require heavy lifting of equipment or patients.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Other Information

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $39,440.00 to $51,270.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 452715600

Job Announcement Number: RS-17-CM-1819965-BU