Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician (Surgical Technician) in San Francisco, California

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1942730

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be referred as needed.

A Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentive may be authorized to a highly qualified candidate. PCS/Relocation allowances, to include AVO, are not authorized.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

Duties

These positions involve a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-07. At the GS-06 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-07. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. There are several positions located within the Surgical team at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. You will function as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during simple to complex surgical procedures such as: open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, gynecology, urology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, a full range of general surgery cases, minimally invasive procedures, orthopedic surgery, and Robotics. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure.
  • Assists the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, prepping, obtaining supplies, and documentation.
  • Inspects that instruments, supplies, implants, and medications/fluids are sterile, free of bio-burden and defects before use on patient care.
  • Maintains AORN standards in preventing surgical fires, surgical site infections, sharp injuries, retained surgical items, wrong-site surgeries, and patient falls.
  • Complies with hospital policies on patient and staff safety and resource management.
  • Labels all medications and fluids on the sterile field and read-back before passing them off to surgeons.
  • Prepares biological implants according to manufacturers' instructions before transplanting in patients.
  • Maintains accurate count and communicate with surgical team members of potentially retainable surgical items, amount of irrigations and medications used, specimens given by the surgeons.
  • Removes sharps, bio-burdens and debris from surgical instruments, and perform pre-cleaning procedures before sending them to decontamination after operations.
  • Handles all specimens, medications, and implants appropriately.
  • Participates in medical emergencies and resident or new employee training.
  • Performs other duties assigned as it relates to the position.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday rotating shifts: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 11:00 am - 7:30 pm 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. DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

07

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time in grade requirement must be met.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled (Health Technician -Surgical ). GS-06: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience which equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in operating room during simple procedures; possessing knowledge of various surgical procedures, proper handling of surgical instruments, human anatomy and physiology; possessing knowledge of aseptic technique, sterile technique, universal precautions and how to implement infection control policies and procedures; possessing knowledge of pathology care and the ability to handle specimen correctly; performing proper patient positioning; selecting the correct instruments for a procedure and anticipating the needs of the surgeon during the procedure. OR GS-6: SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: At least six (6) months of successfully completed graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled (Health Technician-Surgical). This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR GS-6: COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience to qualify at the GS-6 level. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED). If you do not submit your transcript - education credit will not be awarded. OR GS-7: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: At least one (1) year of specialized experience which equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience as primary scrub technician in operating room for highly complex surgical procedures; possessing knowledge of various surgical procedures, proper handling of surgical instruments, human anatomy and physiology; possessing knowledge of aseptic technique, sterile technique, universal precautions and how to implement infection control policies and procedures; possessing knowledge of pathology care and the ability to handle specimen correctly. OR GS-7: SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of successfully completed graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled (Health Technician-Surgical). This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR GS-7: COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) If you do not submit your transcript - education credit will not be awarded. AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of whom are at stages of unconsciousness. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. The Surgical Technician must be dextrous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 level.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467722500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-04-13 to 2017-09-29

Salary: $43,964 to $63,517 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07

Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: NQ-17-KHe-1942730-BU

Control number: 467722500