Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Perfusion) in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Minneapolis, MN
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (23 day(s) ago)
** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (8 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1769036
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Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-10. The Medical Instrument Technician Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
Work Schedule:Monday-Friday with occasional weekends, on-call and off shifts. Currently seeking applicants for full-time and part-time work schedule.
Functional Statement Title: Medical Instrument Tech (Perfusion)
Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Recruitment Incentive: A recruitment incentive may be authorized for this position.
Probationary Period: May be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Bargaining Unit Position: This position is covered by the American Federation of Government Employees.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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.
This position is part of the VISN 23, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Surgery/Specialty Care Service Line, Perfusion Unit.
The Perfusionist provides services in collaboration with the Cardiac Surgeon and Anesthesiology. The Perfusionist is responsible for the management of circulatory and respiratory functions of the patient which has a great effect on the patient systemic conditions and allows the Cardiac Surgeon to focus on the actual surgical procedure and less on the immediate needs of the patient. Inattention, however short, could result in adverse patient outcomes or death.
*1. *Extracorporeal Support functions
*2. *Associated Extracorporeal Support functions
*3. *Heart failure therapy and support
*4. *Blood Management
*5. *Additional Clinical functions and procedures
*6. *Non-clinical functions and procedures
*7. *Professional Performance functions
*8. *Equipment Allocation and Procurement functions
* Extracorporeal support*
The Clinical Perfusionists main responsibility is to manage the physiologic and metabolic needs of the cardiac surgical patient so that the cardiac surgeon may operate on a still, non-beating heart. He/she is independently responsible for conducting extracorporeal circulation and ensuring the safe management of cardiorespiratory functions during any medical situation where it is necessary to support the patients cardiorespiratory function using a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, physics and mechanics of cardiopulmonary bypass. The Perfusionist must formulate a perfusion plan of action. During this time the following autonomous clinical assessments and relevant actions are taken: adequacy of perfusion, circulatory pressure, oxygenation, anticoagulation, desired hypo/hyperthermia regulation, desired level of anesthesia, renal perfusion and management of homeostatic electrolyte and acid base balance.
Cardiopulmonary bypass for Adult Patients:atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, tetralogy/pentalogy of fallot, truncus arteriosus, transposition of the great vessels, cardiac transplants, lung transplants, coarctation of the aorta, interrupted aortic arch, hypoplastic left/right heart, subaortic membrane, valvular repair/replacement, anomalous single coronary artery, vascular ring, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation(ECMO)
Extracorporeal circulation for long term support of failing respiratory and/or cardiac function:lvad/rvad/bivad support, ecmo, eccor
Anticoagulation, hemostasis management, analysis, and intervention:constant monitoring of anticoagulation status and application of relevant clinical case strategies based upon specific patient history and underlying comorbidities
Thermal Regulation:hypothermic induction for cardiac surgical procedures and appropriate restoration to normothermic conditions
Blood gas and blood chemistry monitoring, analysis, and intervention:responsible for maintaining the patients homeostasis, adjusting and modifying case management decisions according to specific patient requirements
Administration of Blood components, Pharmaceuticals, and Anesthetic agents:responsible for maintaining the patients homeostasis, adjusting and modifying case management decisions according to specific patient requirements. Determines necessity for administration of whole blood and blood component transfusions, pharmaceutical and anesthetic agents as dictated by specific patient physiological status according to established guidelines and protocols
Intra-aortic counterpulsation:clinical oversight and management of counterpulsation devices following assistance with device insertion along with providing training, assistance and adequate monitoring support for patients balloon pump operation in the Intensive Care Units (SICU, and MICU)
Temporary Pacemaker and Maze Management:comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, physics and mechanics of pacemakers
External counterpulsation:oversees and manages counterpulsation techniques implemented to support patients
Autotransfusion:operates and oversees autologous cell salvage techniques and functions as a clinical specialist for staff regarding blood salvage techniques in ALL surgical specialties requiring blood salvage services
Platelet Gel Production:provides generation of platelet derived therapies and is a consultant for staff regarding potential application and benefits in ALL medical surgical/specialty areas requiring platelet gel services
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective service registration for males born after 12/31/59
*BASIC REQUIREMENTS: *
U.S. Citizenship -Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.
*Education - *There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.
Physical Requirements - Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. This position requires some physical exertion such as walking, bending, positioning patients, stretching, reaching, pushing, and lifting moderately heavy objects (15 to 44 pounds)
English Language Proficiency -Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Licensure or Certification - Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) and Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as a clinical perfusionist in lieu of certification is highly desirable.
GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (in addition to the basic requirements)
GS-9 Grade Level Requirements
Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This represents the entry level for medical instrument technician (perfusion) positions. Applicants must demonstrate experience, education, or training which provided the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain extracorporeal circulation during heart surgery. This may be evidenced by certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skill and abilities: 1. Knowledge of the equipment and supplies needed for safe conduct of cardiopulmonary by-pass; 2. Knowledge of counter pulsation life support and insertion, maintenance, and removal of the intra-aortic balloon pump. 3. Knowledge of blood sparing equipment (its uses, indications, and contraindications), blood banking procedures, blood storage and administration, and blood components (including platelet gel and sequestration). 4. Ability to operate ventricular assist devices (VAD) and assist with implantation, transportation, and removal of the device. 5. Knowledge of blood gases (using alpha stat or ph stat measures) and ability to analyze and apply lab results to patients under direct care on by-pass or VAD.
GS-10 Grade Level Requirements
* Experience.* At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the positions being filled. This would be experience as a clinical perfusionist which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as a full member of the surgical team on the most critical and complex cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 1. Knowledge of occupation specific pharmacology and ability to give drug therapy and medications as necessary to maintain homeostasis; 2. Ability to maintain intra-operative and initial post-operative files of extracorporeal circulation data records and patient response postoperatively; 3. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, residents, medical and nursing students, and other personnel in perfusion procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.;
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Qualification Standard at http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/QualStandards.htm
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.
*PLEASE NOTE: * Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/JobBenefits/benefits.asp.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies, if they occur.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $72,371.00 to $103,607.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0649-09/10
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 447283800
Job Announcement Number: VU-17-VCH-1769036-BU