Medical Instrument Gastroenterology (GI) Technician
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Internal Number: 711861800
The New Mexico VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician Gastroenterology (GI) assigned to the Nursing service line. The GI Technicians provide assistance to the physician, nurse manager, registered nurse, and other team members in endoscopic procedures, such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound. 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. 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: Gastroenterology (GI) Technician GS-07: 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: Knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures. Ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures. Knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME). Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care. Ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies. Ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration. Certification. No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Preferred Experience: Gastroenterology experience References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard, GS-0649, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. ["Gastroenterology (GI) Technicians assist the practitioner in endoscopic procedures, such as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic ultrasound. The technicians ensure proper performance of equipment, set up equipment, and reprocess endoscopic reusable medical equipment (RME). Certification is offered by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) for level one and level two training. GI endoscope reprocessing certification is offered through the Certification Board of Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD). The major duties and responsibilities of the Medical Instrument Technician (GI) includes but are not limited to: Prepares procedural rooms for the performance of GI endoscopic procedures: setting up the instruments, testing the equipment for proper operation, ensuring the immediate availability of emergency cardio-pulmonary resuscitative equipment, biopsy forceps, specimen bottles, polypectomy snares, retrievers, injectors, dilators, balloons, and electrocautery units and accessory probes. Evaluates the functioning and calibration of the monitoring equipment used during the procedure to ensure patient stability. Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the GI procedures and anticipates the needs of the physician and/or registered nurse by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time. Performs routine diagnostic or treatment procedures and/or to assist as a team member during procedures. Assists in obtaining biopsies, brushings, polypectomy, and inflation of balloon dilators. Prepares diagnostic biopsy specimens, assessing the adequacy of each, properly orienting the biopsy and placing in proper specimen bottle with appropriate labeling. Assess biopsy specimen, identifying site, location and overall condition of specimen to meet pathology requirements. Maintains adequate inventory of supplies in endoscopy rooms and places orders and follows through on obtaining any deficient supplies/equipment. Assesses equipment needs and identifies equipment needing preventive maintenance or repair and takes appropriate action. Performs in a mutually supportive environment with the Nursing Service personnel to ensure proper coordination of work efforts with the various personnel involved in the scheduling and preparation of patients for endoscopic procedures. Work Schedule: Day shift:10 hour 07-1730 or 8 hour 07-1530 / 0730-1600 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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