Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiograph)


Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Amarillo, TX - Jul 19, 2022 via USAJobs

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This position is located in Specialty Care Service, VA Amarillo VA Health Care System (AV AHCS), Amarillo, TX.

The Echocardigraph Technician works under the general direction of a physician who specializes in Diagnostic Ultrasonography modalities (Echocardiography, Carotid, Vascular).

This vacancy is being extended until until filled.n***A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual.*** 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.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in written and spoken English Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Preferred Experience: One year adult ultrasound experience Current BLS certification Grade Determinations: SPECIALTY - Echocardiography Technicians operate 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).

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices.

To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area.

Specialized developmental experience obtained under supervision of appropriately certified individuals may be credited.

GS-9 Grade Requirements - To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have at least 1 year 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.

NOTE - This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services.

For Reference: GS-8 Assignment - This represents the full performance level.

Echocardiography technicians at this level identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler.

They incorporate the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination.

They change and develop sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition or dimension of the patient, presence of prosthesis or foreign objects, and ultrasonic response of different body parts.

They produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound.

For Reference: GS-8 KSA's - Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - (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 colorflow Doppler imaging.

(2) Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.

(3) 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.

(4) Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic, Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography.

(5) 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.

GS-9 KSA's - You must meet the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).

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 Echocardiography.

Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

*Note: Please ensure how you meet these KSAs is clearly described in your resume; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Certifications/Registrations: The following certifications and registrations are desired but are not required at the GS-9 level.

Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) Registration by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G17, Dated 7/7/2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.

The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs Light carrying, under 15 lbs Straight pulling, Pulling hand over hand, Pushing, Kneeling (1 hour) Pulling hand over hand (1 hour) Pushing (1 hour) Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Both hands required Walking, Standing (1 hour) Repeated bending (1 hour) Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Both eyes required Depth perception Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors



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