Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Supply Technician in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE"). America's Veterans need you!

Duties

These positions involve a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-06. At the GS-03, GS-04, and GS-05 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-06. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

These positions are located in the Sterile Processing Service. 2 vacancies will be located at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, MA and 2 will be located at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury, MA. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collects or receives all reusable contaminated items (instruments and equipment, including scopes) directly from O.R. suite;
  • Receives, disassembles and inspects for damage and mechanical order, all reusable medical/surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment, and determines the correct method for decontamination;
  • Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other gross contaminants by soaking, handwashing, rinsing, scrubbing, wiping, steam cleaning and/or use of ultrasonic equipment or washer/sterilizer;
  • Loads and operates washer/sterilizers, and automated processors;
  • Examines items to ensure that contamination has been removed;
  • Reassembles reusable medical equipment;
  • Assembles sets and trays by selecting appropriate tray or sterilization container, proper filter, and arranges instruments in the tray in the correct manner;
  • Determines when items should be individually wrapped and /or assembled in sets and trays based on recognition of key items;
  • Selects the correct wrapping material, wraps, labels and applies the proper chemical indicator tape;
  • Performs required sterilizer testing procedures (bacteriological, test pack or Bowie-Dick);
  • Inspects sterilized items for package integrity and properly labels them indicating sterilizer number and expiration date, then stocks shelves or distributes sterilized materials;
  • Receives, un-cases, and stocks shelves;
  • Distributes supplies and noting shortages, damages or other discrepancies;
  • Maintains effective communication with staff, coordinates the adjustment of supply levels to changing requirements, and fills special or emergency requests;
  • Performs related duties as required. Work Schedule: In Jamaica Plain, the shifts will be Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 6:30pm or 11:00pm - 7:30am, with coverage for other campuses on weekends, evenings, or holidays as needed. In West Roxbury, around the clock coverage is needed. One position will cover the overnight shift, and one will cover days with weekend and holiday rotation. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives:Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

6

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.
Qualifications

GS-03 REQUIRES:

  • 6 months of general experience. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.
  • Or one year of post high school education that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position. Transcripts required.
  • Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this position. GS-04 REQUIRES:

  • 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level. Specialized experience includes: processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment; knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

  • Or an associate's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position. Transcripts required.
  • Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described that demonstrates my ability to perform the duties of this position. GS-05 REQUIRES:

  • One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level. Specialized experience includes: processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment; knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

  • Or a bachelor's degree with a major or 24 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position. Transcripts required.
  • Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described that demonstrates my ability to perform the duties of this position. GS-06 REQUIRES:

  • One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level. Specialized experience includes: processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment; knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. This experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

  • Or have half a year of graduate education (usually 9 semester hours) that is directly related to the work of this position.
  • Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates my ability to perform the duties of this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Infection Control

  • Medical Information
  • Technical Competence

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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

There is no educational substitution at the this grade level.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The work of this position requires physical effort in the receipt, reprocessing, storage, and issuance of reusable medical equipment (RME); folding of linen items; assembling trays, pans, and case carts; and inserting and retrieving loaded sterilized carts from the autoclaves. Hand and eye coordination is required in the disassembly and reassembling of equipment. The Medical Supply Technician is exposed to long periods of standing, bending, and walking while reprocessing RME. There is a frequent requirement for the lifting of RME, trays, and cartons from storage shelves to carts. The Medical Supply Technician regularly uses case carts in the delivery of supplies and instruments to the clinical areas within the medical center. Materials weigh up to 40 pounds.

On a regular and recurring basis, the Medical Supply Technician alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. In both, special clothing and personal protective equipment are worn, which can be uncomfortably warm. The Medical Supply Technician is regularly exposed to hazards from contaminated materials, noise and heat from autoclaves, cuts and punctures from sharp instruments, fumes from aseptic solutions, and odors from soiled linens. Most of the work is performed in a windowless work area. While handling contaminated RME, the Medical Supply Technician uses rubber gloves and an apron, and padded gloves when removing carts from sterilizers and trays from carts. The work area is often hot and humid. The Technician is subjected to slipping hazards on wet floors, burns from touching hot items, and cuts from instruments and often works around body fluids, mucus, excretions, and bits of tissue that may have a foul smell. On a regular and recurring basis, the work involves moderate risk and discomforts such as exposure to items and supplies contaminated by patients with contagious diseases.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications per Category Rating procedures to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

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Other Information

Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (774) 826-1269.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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

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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476669300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-17

Salary: $28,802 to $52,426 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 3 - 6

Series: 0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: CARZ-10036192-17-CMP

Control number: 476669300