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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Wichita, Kansas


The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking to fill 1 intermittent Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) position in Wichita Kansas. Salary range: GS 9: $66,921 - $80,610.00/annum Work Schedule: Intermittent: Schedule will vary including on-call rotations Bargaining Unit: Covered


Duties of the Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) include but are not limited to: Operates diagnostic ultrasonic scanning equipment to produce cross sectional and two-dimensional pictures of internal organs and body structures used to diagnose diseases and other medical conditions. Performs ultrasound examinations to include but not limited to: abdominal, small parts, gynecology, abdominal vascular, carotid and peripheral arteries, veins and graphs, DVT exams, and ankle brachial indices. Advises radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Participates in the training of physicians, students and ultrasound technologists so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. Performs routine clerical procedures for maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved. Make multiple simultaneous setting and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results. Based on clinical findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings. Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operations of the section. Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies. Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations 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. This is done so that an adequate ultrasound study may be obtained to get diagnostic examinations for treatment and diagnosis of disorders. Gathers related information such as patient chart, x-rays, etc., so that correlations of examinations to other studies may be made by the radiologists in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders. Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the radiologist responsible of the interpretation of the exams. This is done so that treatment based on diagnosis may be effectuated in a timely matter. Transmits images to PACS/ VISTA Imaging for viewing and interpretation. Performs or supervises routine housekeeping duties to assure that the ultrasound area is clean and sanitary. This is done so that when sterile procedures are required in the ultrasound area, there is minimal possibility of cross contamination due to unsanitary conditions. The incumbent must be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center, and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. Position Description/PD#: Functional Statement/00000

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


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: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27. Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations". GS-09 Requirements: (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower GS-08 grade level, which would include but not be limited to: performing diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, and scrotum performing vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, etc., assisting radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled, and assisting in surgical procedures and fluid aspiration. This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level. 1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography.

  1. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

  2. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels. (c) Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Lifting (15 lbs and over); carrying (up to 20 lbs); pulling and pushing (up to 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; standing and walking (up to 3 hours); bending (up to 1 hour); use of fingers/hands; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 - 16"; hearing (aide permitted)


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.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.