This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-10 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-9) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position. This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required to provide the most complex EEG Technician services and/or supervisory knowledge, skills, and abilities. Participation in recognized professional organizations as a Board examiner, in the development of curricula for training, or testing for the Board is evidence of competence. GS-10 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 1. Advanced knowledge of the most complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques. *2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program. *3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations. *4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget. *5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions. Preferred Experience: Previous EEG and EMU experience Certification: Registration by the American Board of Registration of EEG, CNIM &EP Technologists (ABRET) or the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AEET) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level Special Assignments: There may be a rare non-supervisory position supporting this grade level. Such a position would typically include carrying out laboratory procedures independently in complex environments such as the operating room, monitoring suites, and clinical research laboratories as well as teaching the correct methodology of neurodiagnostic procedures, theory of operations, and theory of interpretation of results to trainees. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician, Appendix F (Electroencephalography) The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-10. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["The technician operates and monitors neurodiagnostic equipment in the Neurology Department at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (VISN 12). The Medical Technician (EEG-EMU) will work directly with the Neurology Service Chief, Staff Physicians, the MIT Supervisor, residents and fellows to assist in the operation of the epilepsy monitoring unit following JCAHO standards. DUTIES: Independently performs routine and non-standard procedures including EEG and EP, including awake, asleep, portable, ECI, L TM Consistently pe1forms high quality studies for complex and non-routine procedures in difficult and demanding environments such as intensive care units or operating room. Acts as lead EMU technician by instructing and guiding other technicians, residents and fellows on performing EEG in the EMU setting Knowledge of medications and their effects on EEG recordings. Recognizes life threatening, medically emergent, or complex patient situations. Identifies serious conditions requiring rapid intervention when necessary. Provides patients and their families with a thorough explanation of the procedure being performed. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. Follows established laboratory and/or hospital guidelines m completing \"administrative duties\" for each test performed. With the other technicians in the laboratory, is responsible for inventory of laboratory supplies Independently operates a variety of neurodiagnostic equipment to administer routine and specialized diagnostic treatment during procedures. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations. Understands more advanced medical terminology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuroradiology and how it relates to the neurodiagnostic testing being performed. Ability to interpret testing data to provide information for medical or surgical staff during testing procedures. Follows established laboratory protocols in performing standard and specialized EEG recordings Ensures the adequacy of the EEG recording during seizures discharges Uses equipment specific processing software to execute several automation functions such as storing, retrieving, and transferring, electronic documents and files. Ability to interface and adapt neurodiagnostic testing equipment, settings and procedures to unusual, complex and often critical situations. Recognizes life threatening or medically emergent patient situations and will take proper action to provide emergent care. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program. Special Assignments: 25-50% Responsible for day-to-day operations for the EMU. Understands the clinical processes and operational environment of the Neurophysiology labs and EMU. Advocates for the effective use of technology to improve patient care through high quality, cost effective solutions. If required by the service, knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions. The EMU technician is under the general supervision of the EMU attending and physician director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory. The technician performs routine and specialized advanced assignments independently. Performs other duties assigned. Work Schedule: 12:00pm - 10:30pm - Monday - Thursday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 537-00062-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized"]
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