This Health Tech (Ophthalmology) position is located in Surgical Service at the Boston location. This position is a full-time at 40 per week. Included but are not limited to: The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) at this level performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic procedures with responsibility for checking calibration of instruments prior to the procedure. Based on the individual patient, the incumbent will work with the patient's capabilities to obtain the best information from the patient including: Medical history or specific test results Must have knowledge of age-specific competencies related to adult to older adult patients Responsible for obtaining patient physical history, to include chief complaint; reason for visit; pertinent signs/symptoms; past history both ocular and general; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and nonprescription medications Performs patient screening and triage emergencies identifying ocular emergencies Performs patient screening and telephone triage for immediate care Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva, or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphemz, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures Full responsibility for the technical aspects of the procedures Performs a variety of procedures using numerous instruments and equipment. The complex procedures require skill and technique variation to obtain optimal results. This may also be altered by the patient's mental or physical status Educates patients and legal authorized representatives in eye care, including preoperative and postoperative instructions Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows in those facilities with medical school affiliations Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering Performs optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment, retina and optic nerve. Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder Performs basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter Work Schedule: Tour of Duty will be set between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized Telework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized Relocation, Recruitment, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Travel Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. This position is covered by a special rate at the GS8 Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. This position is in the Excepted Service. 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. Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process. Current and 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.
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