Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Sleep Technologist) in Fort Meade, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1987591

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our MIT/Polysomnographic Technologist position. VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

**If you are not a current VA or federal employee, you should apply under Job AnnouncementBH-BH-17-285R-HA-1987593-BU

Duties

The incumbent, under the supervision of the supervisor, displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all Sleep Diagnostic procedures and other related procedures in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Sleep Disorders Association, American Academy of Sleep Disorders and policies and procedures of VA Black Hills Health Care System.

Duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Patient instruction and education.

  • Patient assessment related to sleep disorders.

  • Patient setup, calibration and acquisition performance verification.

  • Monitoring of multiple physiological data throughout the test.

  • Troubleshooting of polysomnographic recording equipment.

  • Perform pre and post-test calibrations.

  • Identify and treat sleep related breathing disorders.

  • Recognize the need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk.

  • Remove and sterilize electrodes and sensors at completion of study.

  • The staging of the sleep studies.

This incumbent must be reliable, able to work independently and be self-motivated. The Polysomnographer is responsible for performing job duties in accordance with mission, vision, and values of VA Black Hills Health Care System.

Location: The position is located in the Sleep Laboratory of the Diagnostics Service Line at Fort Meade, SD.

Work Schedule: 80 hours biweekly, this position involves rotating shifts, holidays, nights, and weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Instrument Technician/Sleep Technologist, GS-0649-08

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

08

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Open to current VA Nationwide and current, permanent federal employees of other agencies

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit all required documents.
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship.Citizenship of the United States.

b. Education.There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

c. 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. Polysomnography Technicians operate the electroencephalograph and other devices to record the electrical activity of the brain during sleep. Registration is offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

d. Physical Requirements.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency.Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Preferred Experience: A registered Polysomnographic Technologist is highly preferred. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

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; religions; 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-6

(a) 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:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters.

  2. Knowledge of standard devices such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devices, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts.

  3. Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts, etc.

  4. Knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc.).

  5. Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct the sleep studies.

(c) Certification.No certification or registration is required at this level. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

(d) Assignment.Polysomnography (PSG) Technicians at this level perform a full range of standard, routine examinations including overnight sleep studies, MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test), MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test), and PAP (Positive Airway Pressure Titration).

GS-7

(a) 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. This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized polysomnography examinations. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices.

  2. Ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals.

  3. Knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy.

  4. Knowledge of Bi-Level pressure titrations.

  5. Ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep. This includes the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings.

(c) Certification.No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.

(d) Assignment.At this level the Polysomnography Technician performs a full range of standard, but complex, polysomnography examinations with responsibility for properly and accurately calibrating all instruments prior to the beginning of the PSG tracing and selection of appropriate electrode montages and sensitivity and filter settings to elicit the best possible tracings. They independently determine the need for CPAP during all night sleep studies for sleep apnea. They may administer nerve conduction velocity tests.

GS-8

(a) 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. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.

  2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.

  3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.

  4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

(c) Certification.No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

(d) Assignment.This represents the full performance level. At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare. They are able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. They anticipate problems likely to occur during the sleep study and prepare for such situations, make changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action. They are able to mentor lower graded technicians.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix I. This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:Work is primarily active; position requires lifting up to 100 lbs.; moving; operating and handling polysomnographic equipment and PAP therapy devices; assisting patients to and from bed ;waling and prolonged periods of sitting.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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BENEFITS

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474509500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-04

Salary: $36,611 to $58,570 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Series: 0649 Medical Instrument Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: BH-17-284R-HA-1987591-BU

Control number: 474509500