Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
This position specializes in but is not limited to inventory management, decontamination, packaging, sterilization and distribution of supplies, instruments and equipment which provide total supply support to all clinical areas of the medical center including the operating room, dental service, outpatient clinics, wards, nursing homes, domiciliary and the CBOCs.
Citizen of the United States.
(Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.)nb.
Experience and/or Education (1) Experience.
Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; orn(2) Education.
One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or (3) Experience/Education Combination.
Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S.
must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.nf.
English Language Proficiency.
MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written Englishnin accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
GRADE REQUIREMENTSnGS-04 (Developmental Level) (a) Experience: Six (6) months experience as an MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting or:n(b) Education: Two (2) years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation.
Note: Successful completion of a course for Medical Technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialist, or nursing assistant obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S.
Maritime service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-to-month basis for up to six (6) months of experience .n(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.
Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
GS-05 (Developmental Level)n(a) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; orn(b) Education: Four academic years above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation or a Bachelor's degree.n(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility.
Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
GS-06 (Full Performance Level)n(a) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.n(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.
Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.
Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.
How to Apply
Supply Technician (OA)