Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Internal Number: 712180200
The Loma Linda VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) assigned to Nursing services. The Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) provides diagnostic radiologic support/coverage to the Cardiovascular-Interventional and Electrophysiology labs. Performs all routine Diagnostic, Interventional Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Study, Ablation procedures. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Licensure. 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. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Qualifications: Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable. Preferred Experience: Sterile Procedure Scrub Experience 1 to 2 years in Cath Lab, IR or OR. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS). Education: Not Applicable for this position. Grade Determinations: GS-08 Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to scrub, circulate, and monitor advanced procedures (including electrophysiological) to include rotoblation, intravascular ultrasound, RADI or wave-wire, angiojet, filter wires, myocardial biopsies EPS, permanent pacemaker insertions, AICD insertions, and biventricular pacemaker insertion. Advanced knowledge of equipment, medications, and supplies used in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the ability to set-up, calibrate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment. Knowledge and understanding of wave forms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impending life-threatening situation. Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results. Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Cardiac catheterization technicians at this level function as full members of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Team. They scrub, circulate, operate equipment, etc., on the most complex examination and treatment procedures including procedures such as endocardial biopsy, radio frequency ablation procedures, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy for very critical patients. They prepare and administer cardiac medications as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, nursing students, and cardiopulmonary technology students on cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27- Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Identifies the patient and compare that information with the procedure request per JCAHO approved methods of patient identification. Interviews the patient to obtain additional clinical information, and if needed, will notify the CVL Nurse and/or participating Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist for clarification on specific exam set-up based appropriate exam and/or procedure approach. Assists with taking additional views and/or alter the technique to achieve the goal before the patient leaves the Cardiovascular suite. Consults with the Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist for any non-standard procedures, or to verify the effectiveness of the procedure results. Uses a wide variety of computerized equipment such as the Cardiovascular Lab and Electrophysiology Lab itself, the electrophysiology equipment, the Cardiology PACS and Heart Lab viewing stations, as well as the hospital computer systems such as VISTA and CPRS. Makes continuous assessments of the image quality and equipment performance for optimum performance, image quality, and quality of diagnosis and treatment. Determines if the image quality problem can be corrected independently or if the problem needs to be reported to the Lead Nurse, Biomedical Engineering and/or the appropriate vendor for repair. Sets up procedural tables and scrub during procedures as second-operator to the Cardiologist, Electrophysiologist and/or Cardiology Fellow on multiple types of procedures including; Diagnostic Catheterizations, Interventional Procedures, Pacemaker/ICD/BIV-ICD Procedures, Electrophysiology Studies and/or Ablation Procedures. Orders, stocks and maintains the Cardiovascular/EP suites with appropriate PAR levels of Procedural and Emergency supplies needed for optimal patient care and efficiency. Maintains all record keeping that is required and takes an active role in the hospital and Cardiovascular QM, safety and radiation safety programs. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm; Week one work is 44 hours and week two work is 36 hours. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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