Surgical Technician

Department Of Veterans Affairs Lebanon , PA 17046

Posted 2 months ago

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The Surgical Technician position is based in the Operating Room (OR) within the Surgical Care Line at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

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Major duties and responsibilities include:

Functions as primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures;

Sets up the sterile field with all required items for all procedures, such as air powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment and other operating room supplies and equipment;

Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handing specimens, supplies and equipment;

Performs sponge and instrument counts with the circulating Registered Nurse (RN) to verify accuracy. Responsible for the accountability for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure;

Communicates effectively with all perioperative team members;

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 promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time;

Maintains competency regarding sterilization parameters and operative sterile technique. Assists the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, prepping, and obtaining supplies;

Handles specimens appropriately and

Performs other duties as assigned.

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.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 7:00am to 3:30pm On-call rotations required

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0640 Health Aid And Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • May be required to serve a probationary period

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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 to meet the requirements of this position. ~AND~

To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:

Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service that has given me the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Surgical Technician. Specialized experience includes assisting with the use of technical medical instruments and utilizing aseptic techniques to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery; exercising sterile techniques; utilizing sterilizer operations and tests to determine the effectiveness of sterilization; handling instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures (such as open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, total joint replacement surgery, renal transplant and robotic surgery); assisting with cleaning techniques and determining the types of detergents to use on various items, as well as the proper handling and rotation of sterile supplies, handling contaminated items, quality control, and personal hygiene; using in-depth knowledge of universal precautions and implementing infection control policies and procedures. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. ~OR~

Education: You must have successfully completed one-half year of graduate education (or 9 semester hours or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of the Surgical Technician position such as anatomy and physiology, surgical technology, aseptic techniques, etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. ~OR~

Combination: You must have equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of the Surgical Technician position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Accountability

  • Planning and Evaluating

  • Production and Processing

  • Quality Assurance

  • Specimen Collection

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: 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. For further information, visit:

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Surgical Technician

Department Of Veterans Affairs