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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) in Iowa City, Iowa


The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) for the Patient Care Service Line.


Under the supervision of a licensed Registered Nurse (RN), the Hemodialysis (HD) Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) functions as a member of the renal multidisciplinary team and assists the RN in the care of patients in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. The HD MIT delivers fundamental, knowledge-based care to assigned patients while developing technical competencies. In addition, the hemodialysis technician recognizes and reacts to signs and symptoms that signal the onset of complications of dialysis, such as hypotension or seizures. The MIT HD serves as a member of the dialysis team. This represents the full performance level. The Hemodialysis (HD) MIT is responsible for performing hemodialysis treatments on the stable acutely ill and chronic dialysis patients. In addition, the HD technician trains physicians, nurses, and other technicians on the use of dialysis machines and related equipment. The MIT HD is knowledgeable of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to the care of patients with renal disease, and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. The HD MIT is responsible to function as a biomedical technician that works on the dialysis equipment, including performance maintenance and troubleshooting of all dialysis equipment. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFCATION REQUIREMENTS Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Hours may vary based on operational need)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


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. Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. 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). No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications. Preferred Experience: Prefer previous patient care/dialysis experience and/or machine maintenance/troubleshooting experience. Experience with reverse osmosis systems preferred. Grade Determinations: GS-8 Grade Requirements 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 and is defined as: Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion. Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance. Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians. Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or patient related, and respond according to the findings. AND In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment. Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis. Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion. Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self care and in the maintenance of the equipment. Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc. All qualifying experience and KSAs you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience/how you gained each KSA in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. Please see the Required Documents section below for resume requirements. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-8 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds/over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Straight pulling (1 hours); Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both arms/hands required or the equivalent required (limb prosthesis allowed if functionally equivalent; Walking (8-12 hours); Standing (8-12 hours); Crawling (0.5 hours); Kneeling (1 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); Climbing, legs only (0.5 hours); Both legs required, or the equivalent required (Limb prosthesis allowed if functionally equivalent); Twisting (2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Stooping, stretching (2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement (specify) Read medication labels and equipment manuals + Monovision allowed if necessary for essential position; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted): adequate to hear medical alarms/whispered voice; Ability to perform PMDB (level determined for coverage area); Patient Lifting, (mechanical assistance available); Sitting (8-12 hours); Ability to perform BLS; Emotional and mental stability


There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-8 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: 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:

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.