Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) in Boston, Massachusetts

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This position is for the Medical Service and is located at the West Roxbury Campus

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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The Medical Instrument Technician's (EKG) main duties will be to manage the MUSE system, for which all ECG/Holter/ETT data is stored, and will be trained in the appropriate duties to accomplish this task in a timely manner. The Technician is responsible for collating accurately and distributing ECGs to the Cardiologist assigned to read for the day.

The MIT transmits, distributes and edits interpreted ECG's in the MUSE system. He/She transmits data from ECG carts throughout the Medical Center, correcting ECG's for patient information that is transmitted directly from ward carts. The MIT also schedules, receives, adds comments, completes and attaches ECG results to consults as appropriate for ECG; using the operation schedule check list

Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level receive and interpret physician's requests for diagnostic procedures and/or treatments; explain the procedure to the patient to secure the patient's confidence and cooperation; document the patient's record; independently perform standardized testing monitoring the patient for adverse reactions; and operate, calibrate, and clean and/or sterilize commonly used equipment. Assignments at this level require knowledge of standard medical terminology as well as common diseases and their specific affects.

Duties include:

  • The MIT (EKG) is responsible for transmitting, distribution and editing of interpreted ECGs during off-tour hours to include weekend days and Holidays.
  • The MIT (EKG) must be able to acquire 12 SL EKGs and rhythm strips and have knowledge of lead placement:
      • Recognize artifact, correct lead placement and skin preparation.
    • Enter patient information as required and correct information on directories when needed.
    • Schedule, receive, add comments, and complete and attach ECG results to consults as appropriate for ECG.
    • Complete Operation Schedule list and check for EKG acquisition in the past 30 days and/or last 24 hours cardiovascular procedures. Copy, read, edit ECGs and bring to Surgical Operation Suite when appropriate.
    • Technician must be able to eliminate electrical interference before proceeding.
  • The MIT (EKG) must have knowledge of and the ability to identify arrhythmias: Normal sinus rhythm, sinus
  • tachycardia, sinus bradycardia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart blocks, premature atrial and ventricular beats and runs of Ectopic beats
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Notifications: * This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. * This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. * Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. * Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. * Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. * The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy * Incomplete applications will not be considered. * Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.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. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations".

For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.

Grade Determinations: GS-4 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 position to be filled. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level. OR, Education.Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

GS-4 KSAs * Knowledge of basic medical terminology. * Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used. * Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress. * Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted. * Ability to communicate orally and in writing. GS-5 Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level. OR, Education. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

GS-5 KSAs * Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions. * Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment. * Ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities. * Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures. * Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.

GS-6 Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

GS-6 KSAs * Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure. * Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests. * Knowledge of universal precautions and sterilization techniques and ability to follow CDC guidelines in cleaning equipment. * Ability to monitor the patient for adverse reactions and take appropriate action. * Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing. GS-7 Experience.At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) 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 equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

GS-7 KSAs: * Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias. * Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures. * Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson's disease, structural defects, and scar tissue. * Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians. * Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 7.

Physical Requirements: The work requires an individual with dexterity of all extremities. Individual will be sitting for a majority of the working hours, but will also include some walking, bending, lifting and carrying of items. The work may require lifting of equipment or patients.


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

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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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VA Boston Healthcare System 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA 02301 US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/10/2018 to 08/24/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Salary: $32,980 to $59,417 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time