Surgical Technician

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Clarksburg, WV (30+ days ago)3.9

Performs as a primary scrub person handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures (e.g., open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, transplantation, gynecology, urology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, general surgery, invasive procedures, orthopedic surgery, robotics).
Sets up sterile fields for each procedure, to include a wide variety of equipment (e.g., air-powered, fiber optic, laparoscopic, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopy, urologic, recording devices, robotic, and other operating room (OR) supplies and equipment).
Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeon.
Utilizes universal precautions and follows infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies and equipment.
Assist with patient care (i.e., positioning, prepping, obtaining supplies).
Performs sponge and instrument counts in conjunction with the Registered Nurse; accountable for all surgical instruments and equipment during surgical procedure.
Assists the surgeon by preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, apply skin staples, cut sutures, and prepare prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures.
Transports patients to and from the OR, as needed.
Utilizes the Generic Inventory Package to maintain adequate stock of surgical supplies, including ordering and restocking cabinets, specialty carts, and secondary storage containers.
Assists with the responsibilities of the front desk (e.g., prepare daily schedules; scheduling; telephone support; work orders; etc.)
Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions.
Provides guidance and supervision, and assist in training residents, students, volunteers, and other team members in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling instruments, OR procedures, including the scrub role.
Performs quality improvement activities; and other duties as necessary.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm and rotation on-call duties. Position has the potential for rotation of 10-hour shifts, subject to change, depending on the needs of the medical facility.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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 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 result is received.

To qualify for this position, you must possess the following qualifications:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level (GS-6) in the Federal service that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience includes: possessing knowledge of highly technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology, and aseptic techniques to prepare/set-up and protect the sterile field during surgery; anticipating the needs of the surgeon; performing sponge and instrument counts during surgery; assisting the surgeon by preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, apply skin staples, cut sutures, and prepare prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures; possessing an in-depth knowledge of universal precautions, infection control policies/procedures; instrument and equipment sterilization/cleaning techniques and responsible for Reusable Medical Equipment. Resume(s) must clearly demonstrate the required experience and support responses to the online questionnaire to receive credit. We will not make assumptions regarding experience.
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SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of One full year of Graduate Education or an internship meets the specialized experience. Education is creditable only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.
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COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, are also qualifying.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Creative Thinking
Infection Control
Risk Management
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

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit