This position is under Nursing service. The Gastroenterology Technician assists the Physician and Registered Nurse in the Endoscopy Suite. The technician maintains a high level of knowledge regarding endoscopic instruments, patient monitoring equipment, patient positioning and comfort, and proper handling of anatomical lab specimens. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-06: (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities1. Ability to set up endoscopy equipment, ensuring endoscopes and ancillary equipment functionsproperly.2. Ability to aid the physician with standard and routine procedures such as colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).3. Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to assist practitioner with routine standardized gastroenterology procedures.4. Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure, recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility and assisting the patient as necessary.5. Ability to reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment (RME), following approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and universal precautions.6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies.7. Ability to manually clean and disinfect non-critical reusable equipment and surfaces, dispose of onetime-use equipment and trash per facility policy, and restock supplies such as linens, suction equipment, and cleaning products. GS-7 GI Technician (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of proper performance of endoscopic equipment and procedures. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures.2. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures.3. Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures.4. Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME).5. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care.6. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies.7. Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/54 JUNE 7, 2012 PART II APPENDIX G27 Appendix L The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-07. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. This position requires to undergo a pre-employment medical examination/physical, TB test and other related other medical related requirements. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Endoscopic Instrumentation: The Gastroenterology Technician maintains competency on the proper handling, pre-procedure inspection, set-up, and post-procedure pre-cleaning of each endoscope that may potentially be used. He or she trains others to do the same and assists the physician to troubleshoot instrument problems. The technician maintains the endoscope log to insure each scope can be traced to a patient. He or she recognizes potential and actual problems with the function of the endoscopes and reports issues to the Sterile Processing Service. Proper Patient Positioning: The Gastroenterology Technician properly positions and drapes the patient to facilitate intubation and promote the comfort, safety and dignity of the patient. The technician uses good body mechanics and safe lift techniques when assisting the patient with movement. Preparation of the Patient for the Procedure: Gastroenterology Technician communicates with the Nursing Assistant(s) and Registered Nurse(s) to insure timely intake of patients arriving for procedures. He/she obtains a full set of vital signs, completes the pre-procedure check list with the patient, and assists the patient to change into a gown if necessary. Collection, Labeling, and Transport of Anatomical Specimens: Gastroenterology Technician assists in the transport of anatomical specimens obtained during the endoscopic process. Safety-Performance: The Gastroenterology Technician follows VA and Service Line policies and procedures in the delivery of patient care and maintain patient and employee safety. Utilizes safety material, apparel and equipment in the manner intended, to prevent accidents personal injury and property damage. Promptly reports accidents, injuries, disease or illnesses related to employment to the supervisor who will provide and assist in completion of appropriate forms. Corrects observed safety hazards where feasible and promptly reports others to supervisor. Routinely leaves work area in a clean uncluttered and good operating condition. Initiates actions to provide and maintain a clean, safe comfortable physical and emotional environment for patients. Attends training as appropriate. Participates in the unit's performance improvement program. Work Schedule: Full Time. Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm. On-call may be required.\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Med Instrument Tech (GI)/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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