Veteran Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (GI) in Dallas, Texas

Announcement Number: AH-16-LTB-1792803-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Dallas, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-02 to 2016-09-22

OverviewWho May Apply

Open to Permanent VA Employees Nationwide

Appointment Duration

Excepted Service Permanent

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1792803

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?

Job Summary

The first area of consideration for this vacancy will be permanent employees of the VA North Texas Healthcare System.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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.

DutiesMajor Duties

The Medical Instrument Technician (Gastroenterology(GI) Technician) is an entry level position designed to assist the practitioner in gastro-intestinal endoscopy. The incumbent will be assigned to the GI Endoscopy Unit, Gastroenterology Section, Medical Service, at the Dallas campus under the VA North Texas Health Care System. He/she will functions as a primary person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during GI procedures such as: argon plasma cautery, colonoscopy, cytology, digestive tract biopsies, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), enteroscopy, esophageal biopsy, esophageal dilation, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gastrostomy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), polypectomies, sigmoidoscopy, Barrx. Some other duties of the position may include:

  • Coordinating activities of unit with Day Surgery, inpatients units and other departments within the hospital to optimize flow of patient care activity in the Gastroenterology Endoscopy Unit (GI Lab).

  • Assessing and monitoring patients pre, during and post procedure.

  • Preparing procedural rooms for the performance of GI procedures. Setting up and ensuring proper functioning of equipment prior to procedure. Plans and discusses each procedure with the GI Team and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the GI procedures.

  • Performing direct patient support work including personal patient care. Identifies and reports data relative to more complex, non-routine patient situations including subtle changes in patients' behavior or condition or variances related to neurological signs, vital signs or other parameters.

  • Performing direct patient support work to include collecting information from patients, providing personal patient care, and educating patients on pre-testing and post procedure activities.

  • Applying various monitoring equipment, i.e., BP/P/O2Sat/ECG, etc., when assisting with patient procedure preparation.

  • Explaining procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate. Varies procedure or position and applies abdominal pressure to adjust to patients' medical condition and/or procedure difficulty. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for indicated procedures. Answers patient's questions during procedures.

  • Assisting the physician, and/or registered nurse with instrumentation necessary to perform the required procedure and treatment such as obtaining biopsies, brushings, performing polypectomies, inflation of balloon dilators, and injection of contrast solutions during GI procedures. Prepares diagnostic biopsy specimens, assessing the adequacy of each, properly orientating the biopsy and placing in appropriate specimen bottle with appropriate labeling to meet pathology laboratory specifications during procedures. Verifies that appropriate pathology request has been completed by physician.

  • Using a practical knowledge of the location and function of major body organs and structures in order to position the patient and/or connect monitoring equipment to take optimum advantage of equipment capabilities.

  • Ensuring proper cleaning and disinfection of endoscopy room, endoscopes and endoscopic accessories in accordance with infection control guidelines and manufacturer specifications.

  • Utilizing universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment, as well as follows all RME reprocessing protocol for high level of disinfection.

  • Performing routine maintenance checks of endoscopic and other equipment in accordance with manufacturer guidelines. Documents and assists in maintaining maintenance records. Assists in assessing needs for major durable equipment acquisition or replacement.

  • Inventorying and maintains par levels of specialty equipment for the endoscopy unit.

  • Assisting in training residents, medical students, nursing students, and new GI Endoscopy Unit staff in the operation of equipment, proper techniques, handling of instruments, and GI procedures to include the assistant role for invasive procedures.

  • Assisting GI Team members in quality improvement activities.

  • Updating personal knowledge regarding current trends in GI procedural technology through continuing education courses and maintains competencies as required.

  • Contacting patients before appointment date to confirm appointment date, reinforce teaching regarding compliance with bowel preps, expectations as to performance of procedures, and post procedure instructions and follow-up.

  • Providing general clerical/administrative support to the unit. Assists/Coordinates scheduling with procedures. Gathers and compiles statistics for necessary reports and all other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Instrument Technician GS-0649 (Gastroenterology (GI) Technician

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Physical Requirements. Applicants must be able to take and pass a physical examination with the possibility of a drug screen in order to be considered for this position.

  • English Proficiency. Applicants must be proficient in basic written and spoken English.

Preferred Experience:Applicants should have a BLS certification.

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: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must also meet the grade requirements for the position in which you are applying.

For the GS-06, you must have at least 1 (one) year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level performing the following: aiding staff with procedures which are routine and standardized in nature; explaining the procedure to the patient to secure the patient's confidence and cooperation; position patients for procedures; restocking linen and consumable supplies, setting-up, cleaning, and ensuring proper performance of the endoscopic equipment; preparing the procedure rooms for turn-over, adhering to universal precautions and SOPs; logging procedures and reprocessing data; adhering to patient privacy and information security policies; and having knowledge of basic medical terminology as well as common gastrointestinal anatomy.

For the GS-06, you must demonstrate and address the following KSAs: ability to set up endoscopy equipment, ensuring endoscopes and ancillary equipment functions properly; ability to aid the physician with standard and routine procedures such as colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD); knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy in order to assist practitioner with routine standardized gastroenterology procedures; ability to interact with patients explaining procedures and positioning the patient for the procedure, recognizing disabilities or impaired mobility and assisting the patient as necessary; ability to reprocess and maintain specialty critical reusable medical equipment (RME), following approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and universal precautions; ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies; and the ability to manually clean and disinfect non-critical reusable equipment and surfaces, dispose of one-time-use equipment and trash per facility policy, and restock supplies such as linens, suction equipment, and cleaning products.

For the GS-07, you must have at least 1 (one) year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level performing the following: functioning with minimal instructions; assisting staff with complex standardized procedures such as ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS); performing proficiently with GI endoscopic equipment or adjusting equipment and labeling all specimens; training other technicians in basic endoscopic procedures; working in and outside the GI unity offering technician support during emergent and on-call endoscopic cases; and assisting the nurse in patient care duties such as obtaining vital signs, and addressing and documenting all pertinent information in the patient's record.

For the GS-07, you must demonstrate and address the following KSAs: knowledge of endoscopic equipment and use in basic and complex endoscopic procedures; knowledge of anatomy and physiology related to the GI system, with ability to recognize and report obvious abnormalities during procedures; ability to assist physician with specialized, complex procedures; knowledge of universal precautions and disinfection techniques and ability to follow SOP's to clean reusable medical equipment (RME); ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care; ability to use basic computer systems and programs to record patient and endoscopic data, adhering to patient privacy and information security policies; and ability to deliver patient care, including vital sign measurements and medication administration.

References:VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II

Appendix G.27 Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard.This can 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: 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:High levels of physical energy and stamina are needed to cope with the demands of this rigorous job. Good strength and well developed musculoskeletal function are necessary for occasional lifting, positioning, or transferring sedated patients. Highly refined dexterity is necessary to handle demands of sophisticated procedural equipment. Excellent visual skills are necessary for evaluation of clinical status of patient and adequacy of small biopsy specimens.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-07. 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.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Required Documents

  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:

  • Resume

  • SF-50

Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1792803.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.