OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans? Current VA Employees should apply under announcement ML-11932796-23-AR. 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: Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.) 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. Preferred Experience: Anesthesia Technologist certification (Cer.A.T.T.), Anesthesia Technician certification (Cer.A.T.) or enrolled in the Practical Experience Pathway through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is not required, but highly desired. In addition to the basic requirements above, the below criteria must be met when determining the grade qualifications. GS-6 LEVEL: Experience: 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. Experience includes aiding anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in less-complex anesthetic procedures such as regional anesthesia (epidural and spinal), laryngeal mask anesthesia, and monitored anesthesia care under close supervision. Exercising minimal independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology (specifically cardiac and pulmonary). 2. Knowledge and application of safety and infection control processes. 3. Ability to serve as a circulating technician for supplies and to assist with documentation of hemodynamic patient data. 4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to less complex anesthetic procedures, such as those found in Ambulatory Surgery. GS-7 LEVEL: Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. Experience includes assisting anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in routine anesthetic procedures under general supervision. Connecting and operating noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, blood and fluid warmers (e.g., Hot Line and Belmont) and patient warming devices (e.g., Bair Hugger). Exercising moderate independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and function. 2. Knowledge of correct use of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology. 3. Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures. 4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings. GS-8 LEVEL: Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. Experience includes assisting anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in difficult anesthetic procedures under minimal supervision. Connecting and operating invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (e.g., arterial pressure monitors), anesthesia machines, ventilators, intubation bronchoscopes, and ultrasonic scanning devices. Preparing and administering medications as directed by the attending physician. Mentoring and training lower graded technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. Exercising a high degree of independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology. 2. Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG). 3. Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized. 4. Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures. 5. Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation.6. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients. References: VA Handbook 5005/54 Part II Appendix G27. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08. Physical Requirements: The work requires standing or walking for a major portion of the work day. The walking will often require carrying supplies or pushing carts and equipment. Standing will require holding patients or stocking supplies. This may occupy half of the work day and will hence be considered demanding physical activity. A certain mechanical dexterity is required in the replacement of parts and the repair of equipment to restore or maintain operability after faults are identified. ["This position is located at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI in the Anesthesiology Division, Technical Section. This position provides technical support to staff and resident anesthesiologists necessary for the safe and efficient delivery of anesthesia services in the Operating Rooms, Recovery Room, Pain Clinic, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, EP Lab, GI and Radiology. This position requires knowledge of the capabilities and operating characteristics of one or more kinds of anesthesia machines and a practical knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This position also requires a practical understanding of medical data generated by patient/equipment connections. Major Duties: Calibrates, operates, and maintains the various physiological monitoring devices which are used to observe and record vital patient parameters including temperature, ECG, EEG, direct intravascular and intracardiac pressures, cardiac output and respiratory gas levels. Calibrates, operates, and maintains the various blood chemistry analyzers and associated equipment in the OR STAT lab. Maintains in the anesthesia carts, a constant inventory of medication, intravenous solutions, inhalations anesthetic agents, endotracheal tubes and many other expendable supplies required. Assists the physician in the position of patients. Ensures that the correct anesthesia equipment and necessary supplies are available for each anesthetic procedure. Uses aseptic technique when assembling sterile monitory systems or assisting the anesthesiologist. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00am-5:30pm or 11:00am - 7:30pm dependent on caseload Telework: Not Authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.