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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac) in San Diego, California

Summary The San Diego VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) assigned to the Cardiology section of the Medicine service. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab Technician works with physician to complete both diagnostic and interventional invasive cardiac procedures including: LHC, RHC, PTCAs, Stent placement, IABP, IVUS, pressure wires, pericardialcentesis, temporary pacemakers, radial artery procedures and peripheral procedures. Responsibilities The Cardiac Catheterization Technician is responsible for performing procedures in the Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab) and the Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab) by assisting with permanent pacemaker placement, AICD placement and ablations. The Technician has advanced knowledge of peripheral and coronary anatomy and physiology related to cardiovascular function. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provides mentoring, training and demonstrations of new and existing Physicians and staff members, develop continuing education curricula, including demonstration of new techniques to be utilized. Performs introduction and training of clinical staff, including nursing and physician personnel, on medical equipment and supplies (new and existing). Creates and updates new and existing policies and procedures pertaining to new equipment and Cardiology departmental operations. Participate in performance improvement projects. Recognizes vulnerable areas in the department's policies or procedures and acquires a solution independently and without the direction of management. Proficient in the operation and troubleshooting the complex procedural and testing equipment that includes IVUS, RADI-wire, Rotablator, filter wires, permanent pacemaker insertions and AICD insertions etc. Performs duties in the EP lab, as needed, to provide staffing for procedures. Coordinates and performs in-services for new equipment and supplies in conjunction with outside vendors. Assists with new product and equipment procurements for Cardiology department (Cath and EP). Performs the daily, weekly and monthly quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Cath Lab and possesses the ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results. Performs weekly inventory of supplies to ensure adequate levels are maintained based on clinical workload while, at the same time, ensuring no supplies expire. Applies his/her knowledge and understanding of the cardiac waveforms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impending life-threatening situation. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for this position. GS-09: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level? This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of cardiac catheterization technician services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. *2.Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. 3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels. *4. Ability to manage and supervise employees. *5. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training. Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level. Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Cardiovascular technologist program (CVT), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) certs preferred. The candidate could be a Radiologic Technologist with a CRT, or ARRT and Fluoroscopy licensure with Special procedures angio experience or Cath experience. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) Qualification Standards, GS-0649, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. Physical Requirements: While performing duties of this job, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab Technician is frequently required to stand, walk, and bend and reach. Must be able to lift and/or move over 50 pounds. They must have good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 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 Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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.