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Job Category:
Health Care Provider
Health Technician (Surgical Technician)
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Department Of Veterans Affairs | Kansas City, MO
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Job Description

* Duties

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The Surgical Technologist is a member of the surgical team and aids the members of the service during surgical procedures and participates in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the surgical team.

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Function as a primary scrub technician, responsible for acquiring and handling instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures

* Plans/discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures all supplies, instruments, and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure
* Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex surgical setups and sterile field
* Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure; anticipates needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time
* Utilizes standard precautions; follows infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment
* Assists team members with care of the patient (positioning and obtaining supplies)
* Performs sponges, sharps, and instrument counts to verify accuracy with the circulating Registered Nurse
* Accountable for all surgical instruments and equipment used during the surgical procedure
* Assists the surgeon by performing such procedures as suctioning, holding retractors and cutting sutures. Prepares prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures
* Assists in training students and new operating room staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures
* Responsible for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME)

Maintains equipment and work areas

* Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunction
* Informs the Clinical Services Director or designee immediately about equipment malfunctions
* Maintains OR area
* Assesses equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials
* Recognizes potentially hazardous situations, i.e. frayed cords, water on floor and takes corrective action

Provides guidance/supervision

* Provides guidance and support to PA students, and new operating room staff
* Supervises non-surgical team members, students and other personnel

Other duties

* Assists surgical team members in quality improvement activities
* Updates personal knowledge regarding current trends in surgical technology through continuing education
* Performs other duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Telework: Not available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Health Technician (Surgical Technician)/03522-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for qualifying applicants

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0640 Health Aid And Technician

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to background/security investigation


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

* Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience as primary scrub technician in operating room for highly complex surgical procedures; possessing knowledge of various surgical procedures, proper handling of surgical instruments, human anatomy and physiology; possessing knowledge of aseptic technique, sterile technique, universal precautions and how to implement infection control policies and procedures; possessing knowledge of pathology care and the ability to handle specimen correctly. OR,
* Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one year of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled (Health Technician-Surgical) (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT IS ACCEPTABLE). OR,
* Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT IS ACCEPTABLE)

To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned. Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07. For example, anapplicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

* Emergency Care
* Infection Control
* Medical Information
* Standards
* Technical Competence

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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of which are in stages of unconsciousness. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. Incumbent must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

Working Here

A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.