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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) in Iowa City, Iowa

Summary

The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) for the Patient Care Service Line.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of a licensed Registered Nurse (RN), the Hemodialysis (HD) Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) functions as a member of the renal multidisciplinary team and assists the RN in the care of patients in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The HD MIT delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. In addition, the hemodialysis technician recognizes and reacts to signs and symptoms that signal the onset of complications of dialysis, such as hypotension or seizures. The MIT HD serves as a member of the dialysis team. This represents the full performance level. The Hemodialysis (HD) MIT is responsible for performing hemodialysis treatments on the stable acutely ill and chronic dialysis patients. In addition, the HD technician trains physicians, nurses, and other technicians on the use of dialysis machines and related equipment. The MIT HD is knowledgeable of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to the care of patients with renal disease, and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. The HD MIT is responsible to function as a biomedical technician that works on the dialysis equipment, including performance maintenance and troubleshooting of all dialysis equipment. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFCATION REQUIREMENTS Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Hours may vary based on operational need)

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. Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Prefer previous patient care/dialysis experience and/or machine maintenance/troubleshooting experience. Experience with reverse osmosis systems preferred. Grade Determinations: GS-04 Basic Developmental Level (a) 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 position to be filled. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

  1. Education. Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  2. Knowledge of basic medical terminology.

  3. Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.

  4. Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.

  5. Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.

  6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. GS-05 Basic Developmental Level (a) 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 position to be filled. This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

(b) Education. Successful completion of [4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or] a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.

  2. Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.

  3. Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.

  4. Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.

  5. Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine. GS-6 Grade Requirement (a) 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Skill in setting up, operating, and performing calibrations as required on a variety of dialysis equipment.

  2. Skill in performing and interpreting test results (dialysate chemistries, water treatment testing for

contaminates, etc.) including the ability to analyze deviations from the expected norm and responding appropriately.

  1. Knowledge of American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AMMI) standards and unit policies as they relate to water treatment.

  2. Knowledge of physiological and psychological changes and conditions related to end stage renal

disease.

  1. Ability to calculate dialysis baths according to the physician's orders per patient by mixing critical

concentrates, i.e., calcium, potassium, and bicarbonate.

  1. Knowledge of Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS). GS-7 Grade Requirement (a) 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 would be experience which provided knowledge the equipment, standard procedures, and typical machine problems and/or patient reactions to treatment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion.

  2. Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance.

  3. Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.

  4. Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or

patient related, and respond according to the findings. GS-8 Grade Requirement (a) 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 would be experience which provided knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment.

  2. Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis.

  3. Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion.

  4. Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self care and in the maintenance of the

equipment.

  1. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures,

equipment operation and maintenance, etc. All qualifying experience and KSAs you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience/how you gained each KSA in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. Please see the Required Documents section below for resume requirements. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27 MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD 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-4 to GS-8. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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