The city of Grand Junction, Colorado, is the largest community between Denver and Salt Lake City, sitting at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers within reach of thousands of miles of public lands. The weather is mild throughout the year making for a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities. The GJVHCS is the home of the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, a world-leader in adaptive winter sports for U.S. Military Veterans and active duty service members with disabilities
Major Duties: The Medical Instrument Technologist (Diagnostic Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, and Echocardiography) functions as a staff technologist. They are expected to perform the full range of general, vascular, and echo ultrasound procedures including the most complex and non-routine and to make appropriate adjustments in established procedures and techniques to obtain the results required for clinical diagnosis and documentation.
Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination.
Performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, and retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders.
Performs routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved.
Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results.
Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section.
Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies.
Assists the radiologist in the performance of fine needle aspiration, biopsies, and catheter placements for the purpose of diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques.
Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations.
Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood.
Gathers related information such as patient chart, x-rays, etc., so that correlation of examinations to other studies may be made by the radiologist in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders.
Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, will be required to take call
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Selected applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment physical
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. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a Preferred Experience: 3 consecutive years of recent experience in Imaging (Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist, Echocardiograph Technologist, and Vascular Technologist
Grade Determinations: GS-9
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.
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. This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services.
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 experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fully perform all vascular ultrasound tests and examinations and to function as a technical director of the vascular laboratory and provide oversight and/or guidance to other technicians. References: VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II Appendix G27
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.
Incumbent is required to lift/carry up to 50 lbs. per day, and will have sitting, standing, walking, bending/stooping, and pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs. per day. Incumbent will also be required to be able to perform simple grasping, fine manipulation, reaching above the shoulders and operating machinery.
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Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process to include but not limited to:
Finger Printing and background check
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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