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Surgical Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Durham , NC 27701

Posted 3 months ago

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Employee will serve as a Surgical Technician (ST) located at the Veterans Healthcare Administration in Durham, North Carolina. The ST is a member of the surgical team and provide assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. Duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; requires rotating tours, early morning shifts, 10-hour tours, on-call nights, and rotating weekends and holidays.

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Responsibilities

  • Serves as the primary scrub person, handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during a variety of surgical procedures (e.g., General Surgery, cardiac, cardiovascular, thoracic, urology, radiation oncology, ENT, plastic, maxiofacial, orthopedic, podiatry, neurosurgery, ophthalmology).

  • Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure (e.g., Equipment: air-powered, fiber optic, laparoscopic, microscopes, lasers, urologic, recording devices, etc.)

  • Observes and promptly responds to each stage of the surgical procedure, anticipates the needs of the surgeon.

  • Utilizes universal precautions and follows infection control policies/procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment.

  • Assists with care of the patient (i.e., positioning, prepping, obtaining supplies, patient transport).

  • Performs sponge and instrument counts with the circulating Registered Nurse during surgical procedures to verify accuracy and maintains accountability for surgical instruments and equipment; ensures sharps and sponges are handled per policy.

  • Assists surgeon with procedures (e.g., prepare skin drafts; suctioning; hold retractors; apply skin staples; cut sutures; prepares prosthetic and surgical devices).

  • Recognizes changes in patient condition, including emergencies, perioperatively and takes appropriate actions.

  • Organizes/priorities patient care activities; reinforces patient education.

  • Assists in training students, new employees, and staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, instrument handling, OR procedures, scrub role.

  • Provides guidance and supervision to other ST, new OR staff, students, resident and attending physicians; supervises the maintenance of a sterile field.

  • Assists in scheduling cases, answering phones, and relaying messages.

  • Maintains equipment and work areas (e.g., non-technical maintenance of equipment; safe/clean work environment; adequate stock of supplies/materials; corrective actions to potentially hazardous situations; reports unsafe equipment and working conditions).

  • Assists in quality improvement activities.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
7

  • Job family (Series)
    0640 Health Aid And Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • 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 may be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-7. At the lower grade levels, 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-7. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

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.

To qualify for this position, applicant(s) must possess the following qualifications. Resume(s) must clearly support the required specialized experience and questionnaire responses to be creditable and/or if using education as a basis to qualify, transcripts are required for verification. We will not make assumptions regarding experience and/or education.

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.

GS-5 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service that equipped the applicant 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 the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: working in an operating room setting, setting up sterile field with required instruments, equipment, and supplies for a variety of surgical procedures; assisting with care of the patient (i.e., positioning, prepping, obtaining supplies, patient transport) and assisting with surgical procedures (e.g., prepare skin drafts, suctioning, hold retractors, apply skin staples, cut sutures); taking appropriate actions in emergencies; maintaining accountability of equipment and supplies during surgical procedures; and utilizing Universal precautions and follows infection control policies/procedures in performance of duties.

  • OR-

GS-5 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position, such as medical, health, or related fields.

  • OR-

GS-5 COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience, as described above, are also qualifying.

GS-6 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service that equipped the applicant 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 the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: in addition to the experience required at the lower grade, observing and responding promptly to each stage of the surgery, anticipating the needs of the surgeon, passing instruments, supplies, equipment during procedures, including preparing prosthetic and surgical devices.

  • OR-

GS-6 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of six months of graduate education or an internship. Education is creditable only in those instances where it is directly related to the position.

  • OR-

GS-6 COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, are also qualifying. Only education in excess of the requirement for the lower grade is creditable to meet this requirement.

GS-7 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service that equipped the applicant 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 the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: in addition to the experience required for the lower grade levels, serving as the lead, providing training and guidance to residents, students, surgical technicians, operating room staff, other surgical team members in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, OR procedures, scrub role; and assisting in quality improvement activities with the surgical and operating room team.

  • OR-

GS-7 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of one year of graduate education or an internship. Education is creditable only in those instances where it is directly related to the position.

  • OR-

GS-7 COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, are also qualifying. Only education in excess of the requirement for the lower grade is creditable to meet this requirement.

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.

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

  • Applies Technology to Tasks

  • Attention to Detail

  • Infection Control

  • Technical Competence

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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

Education

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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.


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