This is an open continuous announcement. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicant Lists will be referred on 9/24/2021 and then every 2 weeks following until the announcement closes. The Surgical Technician is located at the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) in Danville IL and is a member of the surgical team that provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the surgical team. Duties Include: Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, recording devices, and other operating room supplies and equipment. Handles instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures such as General Surgery, Urology, Podiatry, Ophthalmology, Endoscopy. Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure. Functions as a primary scrub person for handling instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures. Prepares, organizes, and maintains sterile surgical set-ups including sterile fields, with all required items for each procedure. 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. Assists the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting sutures. Prepares prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures. Assists in training residents, medical students, nursing students, operating room technology students, and new Operating Room (OR) staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures. Assists in the implementation and utilization of the Generic Inventory Package to maintain adequate surgical supplies. This includes but not limited to re-stocking the OR cabinets, specialty carts, and other secondary storage containers. Processes instruments and supplies after surgery. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00am-3:30pm Position Description Title/PD#: Surgical Technician~ Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of who are at stages of unconsciousness. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lining, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. incumbent must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the surgeon. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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.