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Job Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Perfusionist) - External
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Medical Instrument Technician (Perfusionist) - External

Incumbent will be a skilled perfusionist, qualified by academic and clinical education, able to operate extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or replace the patient's cardiopulmonary/circulatory function and ensures the proper management of physiologic functions by monitoring the necessary variables. Incumbent will perform cardiopulmonary bypass as directed by the cardiac surgeons. Incumbent will provide heparin management for endovascular cases, will monitor patient care in the SICU/PACU until sign off, will provide emergency circulatory support for code and ER patients, will provide perfusion back up coverage for a busy diagnostics and therapeutic two room cardiac catheterizatlon lab, will provide emergency on-call coverage as specified for emergency open-heart perfusion, auto-transfusion, LVAD, RVAD, and BiVAD patients, and will provide 24/7 coverage In the SICU when a patient is on ECMO. These duties include, but are not limited to, the safe performance and/or management of: Extracorporeal circulation/cardiopulmonary support, Counter pulsation, Circulatory support/ventricular assistance, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Blood conservation techniques/autoA,transfusion, Myocardial preservation, Anticoagulation and hematologic monitoring/analysis, Physiological monitoring/analysis, Blood gas and blood chemistry monitoring/analysis), Induction of hypothermia/hyperthermia with reversal, Hemodilution, Hemofiltration, and Administration of medications, blood components, and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit. The perfusionist is knowledgeable concerning the variety of equipment available to perform extracorporeal circulation functions and is responsible, in consultation with the physician, for selecting the appropriate equipment and techniques to be used. Education and research are a fundamental part of the perfusionist scope of practice.

NOTIFICATIONS:
  • This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position.
  • Recruitment incentive authorized for highly qualified candidates
  • This position is covered by a special rate.
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
  • Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy
  • Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
  • Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
  • This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program
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.
  • Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • 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 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
Preferred Experience: Completed a training program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and has an American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Certificate.

Grade Determinations:
GS-9
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 represents the entry level for medical instrument technician (perfusion) positions. Applicants must demonstrate experience, education, or training which provided the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain extracorporeal circulation during heart surgery. This may evidenced by certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of the equipment and supplies needed for safe conduct of cardiopulmonary by-pass.
2. Knowledge of counter pulsation life support and insertion, maintenance, and removal of the intraaortic balloon pump.
3. Knowledge of blood sparing equipment (its uses, indications, and contraindications), blood banking procedures, blood storage and administration, and blood components (including platelet gel and sequestration).
4. Ability to operate ventricular assist devices (VAD) and assist with implantation, transportation, and removal of the device.
5. Knowledge of blood gases (using alpha stat or ph stat measures) and ability to analyze and apply lab results to patients under direct care on by-pass or VAD.
Certification. Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Cardiovascular Perfusionist (CCP) is highly desirable.
Assignment.
Medical instrument technicians (perfusion) at this level operate the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, cell saver and blood salvaging equipment, and ventricular assist devices during open heart and coronary by-pass surgery. They analyze blood gasses and laboratory results in preparation for cardiopulmonary by-pass or while conducting cardiopulmonary by-pass.

GS-10
Experience.
At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS09 which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the positions being filled. This would be experience as a clinical perfusionist which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as a full member of the surgical team on the most critical and complex cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of occupation specific pharmacology and ability to give drug therapy and medications as necessary to maintain homeostasis.
2. Ability to maintain intra-operative and initial post-operative files of extracorporeal circulation data records and patient response postoperatively.
3. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, residents, medical and nursing students, and other personnel in perfusion procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.
Certification. Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Cardiovascular Perfusionist (CCP) is highly desirable.
Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (perfusion) at this level operate the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, cell saver and blood salvaging equipment, and ventricular assist devices during open heart and coronary by-pass surgery for patients representing the most complex and critical cases. They analyze blood gasses and laboratory results in preparation for cardiopulmonary by-pass or while conducting cardiopulmonary by-pass. They may also operate the equipment during heart transplantation. This could include participating as part of the team for retrieval and transportation of the donor heart. They also provide training to lower grade perfusion technicians, cardiac catheterization technicians, and ICU staff regarding all aspects of perfusion services.

Perfusion Technicians operate the heart-lung apparatus to take over functions of the patient's heart and lungs during coronary bypass surgery, heart and/or lung transplantation surgery, valve replacement, or respiratory failure. Certification is offered by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27

Physical Requirements:
Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. This position requires some physical exertion such as walking, bending, positioning patients, stretching, reaching, pushing, and lifting moderately heavy objects (15 to 44 pounds)

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • license/certification
  • service connected letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
NOTIFICATIONS:
  • This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position.
  • Recruitment incentive authorized for highly qualified candidates
  • This position is covered by a special rate.
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
  • Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy
  • Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
  • Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
  • This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program
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.
  • Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • 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 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
Preferred Experience: Completed a training program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and has an American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Certificate.

Grade Determinations:
GS-9
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 represents the entry level for medical instrument technician (perfusion) positions. Applicants must demonstrate experience, education, or training which provided the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain extracorporeal circulation during heart surgery. This may evidenced by certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of the equipment and supplies needed for safe conduct of cardiopulmonary by-pass.
2. Knowledge of counter pulsation life support and insertion, maintenance, and removal of the intraaortic balloon pump.
3. Knowledge of blood sparing equipment (its uses, indications, and contraindications), blood banking procedures, blood storage and administration, and blood components (including platelet gel and sequestration).
4. Ability to operate ventricular assist devices (VAD) and assist with implantation, transportation, and removal of the device.
5. Knowledge of blood gases (using alpha stat or ph stat measures) and ability to analyze and apply lab results to patients under direct care on by-pass or VAD.
Certification. Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Cardiovascular Perfusionist (CCP) is highly desirable.
Assignment.
Medical instrument technicians (perfusion) at this level operate the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, cell saver and blood salvaging equipment, and ventricular assist devices during open heart and coronary by-pass surgery. They analyze blood gasses and laboratory results in preparation for cardiopulmonary by-pass or while conducting cardiopulmonary by-pass.

GS-10
Experience.
At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level GS09 which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the positions being filled. This would be experience as a clinical perfusionist which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as a full member of the surgical team on the most critical and complex cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of occupation specific pharmacology and ability to give drug therapy and medications as necessary to maintain homeostasis.
2. Ability to maintain intra-operative and initial post-operative files of extracorporeal circulation data records and patient response postoperatively.
3. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, residents, medical and nursing students, and other personnel in perfusion procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.
Certification. Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) as a Certified Cardiovascular Perfusionist (CCP) is highly desirable.
Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (perfusion) at this level operate the heart-lung machine, intra-aortic balloon pump, cell saver and blood salvaging equipment, and ventricular assist devices during open heart and coronary by-pass surgery for patients representing the most complex and critical cases. They analyze blood gasses and laboratory results in preparation for cardiopulmonary by-pass or while conducting cardiopulmonary by-pass. They may also operate the equipment during heart transplantation. This could include participating as part of the team for retrieval and transportation of the donor heart. They also provide training to lower grade perfusion technicians, cardiac catheterization technicians, and ICU staff regarding all aspects of perfusion services.

Perfusion Technicians operate the heart-lung apparatus to take over functions of the patient's heart and lungs during coronary bypass surgery, heart and/or lung transplantation surgery, valve replacement, or respiratory failure. Certification is offered by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27

Physical Requirements:
Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. This position requires some physical exertion such as walking, bending, positioning patients, stretching, reaching, pushing, and lifting moderately heavy objects (15 to 44 pounds)
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