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Health Technician (Surgical Technician)

Company: Veterans Health Administration Careers
Location: Bronx
Posted on: June 10, 2024

Job Description:

Summary This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until July 24, 2024. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be referred periodically every 15 days until the position is filled. This is a Part-Time Surgical Technician position located in the Perioperative Patient Care Center at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/24/2024. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Specialized experience for GS-06: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to: Preparing sterile fields for surgical procedures. Monitoring and maintaining aseptic techniques throughout surgical procedures. Handling medical instruments, supplies, and equipment during surgical procedures. Performing proper cleaning techniques. Handling and rotation of sterile supplies. Properly handling contaminated items and applying knowledge of universal precautions. Implementing infection control policies and procedures. There is no educational substitution for the GS-06 level. GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Specialized Experience: Specialized Experience for GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience performing work as a surgical technician, operating room assistant, or surgical technologist performing scrub duties for all inpatient and outpatient surgical procedure; setting up for the surgical procedure; assembling equipment and supplies as well as monitoring and maintaining aseptic techniques throughout the procedure; coordinating or participating in the positioning and prepping of patients and obtaining supplies; specimen handling; and assisting the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin graphs, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples and cuffing sutures. OR, Education for GS-07 - Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR, Combining Experience and Education for GS-07 - Combination of specialized experience and education is acceptable. Education must be in excess of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-XX. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Preferred experience: Certified Surgical Technician Certificate and an Active Basic Cardiac Life support (BCLS) provider card American Heart Association Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Duties "At the GS-7 this position functions in an advanced capacity and is the full performance level of a Surgical Technician, which is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures.
The Surgical Technician performs the following major duties: Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures such as : open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, total joint replacement, renal transplant and robotic surgery.
Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, recording devices, and other operation room supplies and equipment.
Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure.
Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical setups.
Observes and responds to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeons by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time.
Utilizes universal precautions and follows all Infection Control Policies and Procedures when handling specimens, supplies and equipment.
Assist team members with care of the patient, i.e.
positioning, prepping, and obtaining supplies.
Handles all specimens appropriately.
In conjunction with the circulating Registered Nurse (RN), perform sponge and instrument counts to verify accuracy.
Assist surgeons by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting sutures.
Prepare prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures.
Work Schedule: Part-Time, Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 am to 6 pm, (10hr flex tour).
8hr tour also available 0730-4pm.
24hr mandatory rotation on call Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician (Surgical Technician)/PD52410A and PD55654A Retention Incentive: Authorized, after 90days of hire and satisfactory performance Critical Skills Incentive (CSI): Not approved Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of which are stages of unconsciousness.
There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolong stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon.
The surgical technician must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.
Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level."

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration Careers, Mount Vernon , Health Technician (Surgical Technician), Professions , Bronx, New York

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