Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnographic Technician)

Posted on Aug 04, 2021 via USAJobs

Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Jackson, MS  |  #medical #government

 


The G.V.

(Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center is seeking a Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography Technician).

This position will be located in the Sleep Disorders Laboratory/Medical Service, G.V.

(Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS.

If you are not at current, permanent VA employee, you should apply CBST-11013051-21-LG.

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.

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.

Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable.

Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

English Language Proficiency.

Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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).

Preferred Experience: At least 2 years of experience in performing overnight polysomnography and scoring of the sleep studies according to AASM scoring manual - experience scoring on the fly.

Certification by the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) certification.

Grade Determinations: GS-04 Grade Requirement: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the KSA, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields.

The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation.

Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level.nOR,n1.

Education.

Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate'sndegree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.n(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilitiesn1.

Knowledge of basic medical terminology.n2.

Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used.n3.

Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress.n4.

Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted.n5.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

GS-5 Grade Requirement: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the KSA, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.

This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas.

Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level.nOR,n(b) Education.

Successful completion of [4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or] a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions.n(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilitiesn1.

Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions.n2.

Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment.n3.

Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities.n4.

Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures.n5.

Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

GS-6 Grade Requirement: (a) Experience.

At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the KSA, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.n(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilitiesn1.

Knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters.n2.

Knowledge of standard devices such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devices, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts.n3.

Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts, etc.n4.

Knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc.).n5.

Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct the sleep studies.n(c) Certification.

No certification or registration is required at this level.

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

GS-7 Grade Requirements: 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 polysomnography examinations.n(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilitiesn1.

Knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices.n2.

Ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals.n3.

Knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy.n4.

Knowledge of Bi-Level pressure titrations.n5.

Ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep.

This includes the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings.n(c) Certification.

No certification or registration is required.

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

GS-8 Grade Requirements: 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 a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.n(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:n1.

Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.n2.

Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.n3.

Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.n4.

Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.n(c) Certification.

No certification or registration is required.

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II , APPENDIX G27; The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.This position ranges from GS-04 to GS-08.

Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially long periods of walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing.

Transferring patients and objects may be required.

The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures.

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Deadline: 2021-09-30 (57 days left)
Salary: 31K-62K Per Year


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