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Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Ultrasound Technician)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saginaw
Posted on: May 31, 2021

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Summary

This is an internal job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility.

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Operates diagnostic equipment to graphically record the position and motion of the heart walls or the internal structure of the heart and neighboring tissue by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the chest wall. Registration is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) highly desirable.

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Radiology Supervisor, and closely coordinates work with the Lead Medical Instrument Technician, Cardiologists, Radiologist, and Medical Service Administrators.

Duties include but are not limited to:

    1. The incumbent has the ability to perform and interpret cardiac/echocardiogram ultrasonography and related special procedures, i.e. Trans Esophageal Echocardiograms (TEE), bubble studies, contrast studies and invasive stress testing. Works closely with the Cardiologist to keep abreast of the latest measurements and techniques in echo-cardiology.
    1. Knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and their relationship to hemodynamic conditions of the cardiac cycle.
    1. Maintains and keeps abreast of normal and abnormal results in each given scan. Familiarity with the manifestation of various diseases so particular attention can be given to that organ with that process in mind. The ability to recognize normal and abnormal tissue masses and densities with relation to the results it entails. The ability to recognize life threatening conditions which require the immediate attention and notification of the provider.
    1. Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the heart valves and chambers using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and other cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients.
    1. Ability to perform quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous Doppler and color flow Doppler imaging.
    1. Maintains adequate records, including identification of scans, daily log and preliminary diagnosis for further reference. Maintains ultrasound equipment and supplies for the ultrasound department. In charge of coordinating maintenance and installation of upgrades and new equipment.
    1. Skilled in positioning patients for a wide variety of examinations, adapting instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings.
    1. Thorough working knowledge of ultrasound equipment operation and care, which includes sensitivity and output adjustments of the instruments; to ensure proper imaging and physical principles of sound generation and transmission characteristics, such as A-mode, M-mode and color Doppler. Also, knowledge of methods of signal processing, in order to select appropriate transducer for tissue being examined.
    1. Skilled in anatomy and physiology, such as the position, shape, size, and function of the many major systems, including the urinary, vascular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, etc.; as they relate to the examination requested.
    1. Assists cardiologist by presenting scans and explaining any oddities relating to each scan.
    1. Maintains required records, such as posting examination date to patient's electronic medical record, number of images acquired per examination, and examinations performed, as well as other appropriate notes.
    1. When the patient checks-in for an ultrasound, verifies patient's identity using two identifiers, reads request to determine exact nature of examination(s) requested, explains procedure to patient, positions any accessory equipment required, and completes any needed scans to accomplish requested procedures.
    1. Basic nursing practices in caring for patients including CPR and sterile techniques.
    1. May be assigned special/additional duties or tasks by the Supervisor of Imaging Services or Chief of Diagnostic Services

Work schedule: 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday, Friday, and Saturday)

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: As stated in the work schedule.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Ultrasound Technician)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

8

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/27/2021.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. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • 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.
  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met.

Grade Requirements:

GS-06

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. Examples of experience are but not limited to: Medical Instrument Technicians (Trainee) at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

GS-07

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 the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized echocardiographic examinations. Examples of experience are but not limited to: Echocardiography technician assignments at this level involve performing routine, standardized cardiac ultrasound examinations under the supervision of a fully qualified cardiac sonographer. The work involves generating adequate gray scale images to define cardiac borders and learning to perform Doppler integration of cardiac valves for determination of flow velocities.

GS-08

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 the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic echocardiography examinations in complex and unusual cases. Examples of experience are but not limited to: At this level, medical instrument technicians (echocardiography) perform a range of standard, but complex, echocardiographic examinations with responsibility for calibrating all instruments prior to the procedure. They are expected to keep an accurate record of tests, daily logs, and videotapes. They maintain cidex logs.

Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package.

GS-06

  1. Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and great vessels.

  2. Knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias and their relationship to hemodynamic conditions of the cardiac

cycle.

  1. Knowledge of basic cardiac ultrasound physics and the acoustic mechanisms by which high quality

cardiac images are obtained.

  1. Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the

patient and to operate the equipment for standardized, routine procedures.

  1. Ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure.

GS-07

  1. Ability to scan transthoracic echocardiograms in all views with color flow and some Doppler.

  2. Ability to conduct cardiac testing to determine the severity and variety of cardiac problems, i.e.,

valvular dysfunction, myocardial wall kinesia, effusions, endocardial lesions, etc.

  1. Knowledge of the set-up for transesophageal echocardiograms.

  2. Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the

patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.

GS-08

  1. Ability to produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode,

two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler spectral display, and color flow Doppler imaging.

  1. Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of

cardiovascular diseases.

  1. Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the four chambers of the heart and

valves using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and

pericardial effusion and cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients across obstructed valves, etc.

  1. Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic,

Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal

echocardiography.

  1. Ability to adapt transducer positioning, instrument controls, and examination techniques to the

individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent

abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography).

Physical Requirements:

a. This position requires sitting, walking, standing, stretching, bending, and carrying light to medium weight items. Positions may be maintained for short periods of time.

b. Exposure to meeting with employees and external contacts who may be angry and/or upset. May observe patient suffering.

c. Ability to read printed material, such as reports and Standard Operating Procedures.

d. Ability to view information on computer screens and in CPRS orders.

e. Ability to accurately perceive depth so as to move around work space safely.

f. Ability to adapt to successfully perform in high stress environments with constant interruptions, emergent/critical/unusual situations, high volume urgency of issues, and interactions with a wide variety of professionals and personalities.

g. Ability to work alone and perform a variety of duties, changing one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure, and consistently meet department work schedule demands, including documentation and participation in workgroup, committees, etc.

h. Ability to read printed material, gauges, computer monitor, and distinguish colors, such as color doppler or reading doctor's orders and visualizing the hue of patient's skin, wounds, etc.

i. This position exposes the employee to constant noise and to limited ionizing radiation. The employee works in an area where ionizing radiation is utilized for patient care. Dosimeters are assigned to track occupational dose. Also works with patients that have potentially been dosed with a radio-isotope for Nuclear Medicine procedures. Proper training for PPE use and dosimeter monitoring are requirements of this posit

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08.

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE 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.

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