The Surgical Technician will be assigned to the surgical team, based in the Operating Room (OR) within the Surgical Care Line at the, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-6. At the GS-4, and GS-5, grade level, the employee performs 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-6. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher-level work, and availability of funds. The Surgical Technician (ST) functions as a primary scrub person the major responsibilities are: Functions as primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures. Sets up the sterile field with all required items for all procedures, such as air powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment and other operating room supplies and equipment. Assists in training residents, medical students, nursing students, Operating Room (OR) technology students, and new OR staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures. Functions as second circulator for complex surgical procedures. Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handles specimens, supplies and equipment. Performs sponge and instrument counts with the circulating Registered Nurse (RN) to verify accuracy. Responsible for the accountability for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure. Communicates effectively with all perioperative team members. Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure. Prepares, organizes and maintains highly complex sterile surgical setups. Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time. Maintains competency in regard to sterilization parameters and operative sterile technique. Assists the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, prepping, and obtaining Supplies. Handles specimens appropriately. DESIGNATED 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 a 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 is received. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00AM - 3:30PM (On-call coverage required) Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Internal Number: 599720200
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.