Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (EEG) in Boston, Massachusetts
Summary Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologists operate the EEG equipment and other devices such as evoked potential equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain. Responsibilities Medical instrument technicians (EEG technologists) at this level are expected to provide independent performance of a full range of procedures. The technologist consistently delivers high quality studies for the most complex and non-routine procedures in difficult or demanding environments such as research, intraoperative monitoring, or intensive care monitoring. Procedures are tailored to clinical questions to be answered and may require additional monitors, electrodes, or other devices as clinically indicated. The technologist interprets study results and brings to the attention of the physician or supervisor more subtle abnormalities that may require intervention. The technologist will highlight portions of recordings of clinical importance for review by the clinical neurophysiologist and will accurately describe the concurrent behavior of the patient. Positive interaction with other health care staff to inform the indications for testing; the value, possible outcomes, and limitations of testing; and the policies of the laboratory are expected. Some duties may include: Independently perform routine and invasive neurodiagnostic procedures, including EEG, long-term monitoring (LTM), and evoked potential testing in complex environments such as the EEG lab, epilepsy monitoring unit, intensive care unit, and operating rooms. Perform routine maintenance, troubleshooting and repair on EEG, evoked potential, and video monitoring equipment to ensure proper functioning. Interface with neurodiagnostic company representatives and biomedical engineering to maintain and support the equipment being used. Schedule and prioritize patients for neurodiagnostic testing, including communication with patients and their families to provide a thorough explanation of the procedure being performed. Follow established laboratory and/or hospital guidelines in completing administrative duties for each test performed. In all procedures, work closely and communicate effectively with physicians from the Neurology Service, Tele EEG physicians, Technical Director, EEG Technologists, and other hospital staff. Option to participate in standby/on-call coverage with incentive. Other duties within scope of practice as assigned. The work involves performance of a wide range of sophisticated diagnostic procedures and therapeutic techniques in a variety of settings including the outpatient neurodiagnostic laboratory, epilepsy monitoring unit, operating rooms, and hospital wards on patients with diverse disorders. Work Schedule: Full Time 7:30am-4pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (EEG)/PDF03948 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). 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 would be experience which provided knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Ability to interpret testing data to evaluate critical information for surgeons and other medical staff during testing procedures. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and the ability to understand the relationship of EEG and evoked potential testing in detecting states of disease and health. Knowledge of behavior assessment during seizure attacks in order to insure adequacy of recordings during seizure discharges. Knowledge of a variety of advanced EEG equipment and peripheral equipment such as equipment for brain mapping, video EEG telemetry systems with seizure detection computers, and spike analysis software. Knowledge of anticonvulsant medications and their effects on the EEG as well as other frequently used pharmaceuticals. Ability to adapt neurodiagnostic devices, parameters, and procedures to complex, unusual, and often critical situations. Assignment. Medical instrument technicians (EEG) at this level are expected to provide independent performance of a full range of procedures. The technician consistently delivers high quality studies for the most complex and non-routine procedures in difficult or demanding environments such as research, intraoperative monitoring, or intensive care monitoring. Procedures are tailored to clinical questions to be answered and may require additional monitors, electrodes, or other devices as clinically indicated. The technician interprets study results and brings to the attention of the physician or supervisor more subtle abnormalities that may require intervention. The technician will highlight portions of recordings of clinical importance for review by the clinical neurophysiologist and will accurately describe the concurrent behavior of the patient. Positive interaction with other health care staff to inform them of the indications for testing; the value, possible outcomes, and limitations of testing; and the policies of the laboratory are expected. In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 level, you must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the GS-09 level. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements. Ability to manage and supervise employees. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training. Certification. Registration by the American Board of Registration of EEG, CNIM &EP Technologists(ABRET) or the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AEET) is highly desirable. Certification or registration through ABRET or AAET is required within 2 years of hiring. It is also required that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and optional ACLS (Advanced Cardiac life Support) certifications. References: Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 9. Physical Requirements: Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, in-patient and outpatient. Moving equipment and supplies, lifting , bending, walking, standing, and stooping. Manual dexterity is required to operate equipment controls. Visual acuity is required in reading gauges, dials, and computer screens. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. 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The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.