This position is in the Perioperative Unit, Inpatient Nursing Service at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. The primary duty is to assist staff with routine, complex and specialized procedures to include: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, placement of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube, Hemorrhoidectomy, Biopsy/Banding, Electrocardiography, and Transesophageal Echocardiography as a member of the direct patient care team. Functions and scope of assigned duties include: Knowledge of and adherence to current hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Review future endoscopy schedule daily to determine/arrange availability of specialized instruments and equipment and ensure completeness and accuracy of needed equipment, instruments and supplies. Inventory, order, and maintain adequate levels of specialty equipment and supplies for the Perioperative Unit. Contact company representatives to obtain critical supplies and in-service training. Maintain current knowledge of specialty procedures, ever-changing techniques, and highly technical instrumentation and share expertise with co-workers. Perform specialized procedures in endoscopy area: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) with biopsy, Colonoscopy with biopsy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy with biopsy, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement, Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE), Hemorrhoid Banding, and Electrocardiography. Properly assemble and test delicate instruments to ensure proper performance and optimal functioning of endoscopic equipment. Anticipate and correct possible or probable equipment malfunctions. Provide direct assistance to physicians with basic, specialized, and complex procedures. Collect, process, and label specimens. Independently implement infection control standards in accordance with specific departmental infection control policies. Collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service skills and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality and continuity of care. Properly clean and disinfect instruments post-op per station Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Pre-clean instruments in the procedure room per manufacture requirements and station SOP. Transport Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) in appropriate containers to dirty area for pre-cleaning per SOP. Arrange repair of equipment when necessary. Use technical expertise and knowledge to teach basic endoscopic procedures to other technicians, co-workers, and medical residents in their Endoscopy rotation. Locate, assemble, and set up equipment needed for routine and difficult endoscopy procedures, anticipating possible emergencies that could arise. Perform technical work in support of diagnostic tests and procedures. Assist the nurse in patient care duties such as obtaining vital signs, address and document all pertinent information in the patient's medical record. Recognize obvious abnormalities and bring to the attention of appropriate physician. Assure all pictures and results are a permanent part of medical record. Maintain departmental files, both medical and administrative. Report all malfunctioning equipment to the appropriate personnel. Lift, turn, and transfer patients with appropriate technique and assist devices. Prepare and transport patients as needed for tests or discharge. Perform a complete range of treatment procedures that include using hot and cold packs, change and apply sterile and nonsterile dressings, accucheck (blood glucose), insert foley catheters, irrigate foley catheters, and care for patients in isolation. Set up and give treatments that require a variety of auxiliary equipment such as oxygen, suction equipment, BVI, tracheal-bronchial and tracheostomy suctioning, colostomy irrigation, wound irrigation, complex dressings, continuous bladder irrigations, and apply EKG and telemetry leads. Verbally provide patient information to the supervisor for inclusion in the nursing care plan. Instruct patients on their role in various procedures, such as x-rays, covering information previously supplied by the doctor or nurse. Support patient teaching based on standard, general information covered with the patient previously be either the doctor or nurse. Utilize patient teaching opportunities with awareness of medical treatment goals. Carry out all duties in a manner which is safe to self and others. Communicate changes in patient condition to supervisor. Promote positive communication in interactions with staff, patients, and families. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7:30am to 4pm. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (GI)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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.