Medical Instrument Technician position performing high level independence in two different ultrasound specialties, Diagnostic Vascular Ultrasound and Diagnostic General Medical Ultrasound within Imaging Service. Percentage of time in each area is as follows: General Medical Ultrasound Imaging (RDMS) 50% Vascular Ultrasound Imaging (RVT) 50% Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions. 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. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations" For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part 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). Grade Determinations: GS-9. In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments. Experience. 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 specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level. KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment. 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 diagnostic ultrasonography. *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. (c) Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. (d) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: The incumbent requires one to be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as equipment or records. The technologist must be able to help lift and move patients to difficult positions on the Ultrasound exam table. The incumbent will be using multiple computer systems, using both mouse and keyboard Input, stressing the hand wrist. The incumbent will be using multiple varieties of ultrasound probes, stressing the hand, wrist, and arm. ["The Radiology Diagnostic Ultrasound General and Vascular Technologist has the responsibilities for the coordination and performance of the patients assigned to their room. He/she works closely with the technologists, radiologists, clinicians and clerical staff to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality diagnostic exam results, and patient satisfaction.\nCharged with the responsibility to ensure that their assignments are carried out in a prompt and effective manner, as well as providing assistance when required. Ensures that the Radiology Service's goals, objectives, and work plans are carried out and communicated to the Ultrasound team. Works with all levels of management and executes actions, which will guarantee high quality imaging. Monitors the performance and assures that the utmost quality of care is delivered in the US section.\nPerforms difficult to complex Diagnostic Vascular and General Ultrasound examinations. The purpose of the exams is to achieve diagnostic studies to bring about proper diagnosis and treatment. Responsible for to implement, clinical, research, and educational programs of the US section.\nEnsures optimum quality Diagnostic General and Vascular Ultrasound Imaging for the interpretation by the radiologists. Filmless Radiology methods (PAC's Picture Archiving Communication System) are utilized when performing the examinations and for archiving the examinations. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm or 8:00 am - 4:30pm: Monday - Friday\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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