Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization Technician) in Portland, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1975317


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“OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s Charge – “To care for those who shall have borne the battle, and their survivors and families”– 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?

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Cardiac catheterization technicians at this level have assignments in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Electrophysiology Laboratory that because of their nature substantially exceed the full performance level as full members of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Team. They scrub, circulate and operate physiologic monitoring equipment and single plane I bi-plane fluoroscopic 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 inject contrast manually or with the aid of a mechanical contrast device to visualize anatomical structutes and administer intra-coronary medication$ via a manifold system during angiography procedure in accordance to physician orders. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, nursing students, and cardiovascular technology students on cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. Cardiovascular catheterization technicians also write policies and standard operating procedures and evaluate and implement new interventional techniques, equipment and technology.* The Cardiovascular technologist is a healthcare professional recognized by the American Medical Association. The technologist performs invasive cardiovascular procedures utilizing highly complex and technical monitoring equipment under the direction or prescription of a qualified physician. These procedures are performed upon patients who have diagnoses of congenital heart disease, congestive heart disease, acquired heart disease and coronary artery disease. The technologist is proficient in the use of physiologic analytical equipment during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The highly technical monitoring equipment that is used is more than watching a monitor, but rather, calibrating, collecting data of physiologic changes during the procedure either as a planned result (PCI) or diagnosing the pathology of the heart. They have the knowledge and skills to assist the physician during the procedures, maintaining a sterile field and utilizing aseptic techniques as required in an operating room. They have training and certification in advanced life support and are competent to recognize life-threatening changes during the procedure. The patient populations they treat are at a high risk for cardiopulmonary arrest and the technologist has to be competent to assist with the rescue during these events. In addition, the technologists have further training and knowledge to provide radiological support, using fluoroscopy during the procedures.*

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Variable Days; 7am-3:30pm 40 hours bi-weekly (20 hours a week)* Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician - Cardiac Cath*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-9 Level: at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of cardiac catheterization technician services.

You will be assessed on the following knowledge, skills & abilities:

  1. Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography.
  2. Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures.
  3. Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedures.
  4. Knowledge of and ability to prepare intra-aortic balloon catheters.
  5. Ability to assist with insertion of temporary transvenous pacemaker catheters.
  6. Ability to maintain intra-aortic balloon pump equipment during procedures.

Preferred Experience:

ACLS Certification Hybrid OR Experience

TAVR Experience

5 years with Cardiac Cath lab 5 years EPS and device implant experience

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: 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: While performing duties of this job the Cardiac Cath Lab Technician is frequently required to stand, walk, and bend and reach. Must be able to lift and/or move 50 pounds. They must have good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

What Happens Next:

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

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

Other Information

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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Salary Range: $69,202.00 to $89,966.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472302700

Job Announcement Number: VS-17-TKS-1975317-BU