Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Position Opening at in Chicago, Illinois

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center ( is a 200-bed inpatient facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education, research and academic affiliations with the University of Illinois - Chicago and Northwestern University. The main campus resides on 13 acres in the Illinois Medical District, approximately three miles from downtown Chicago. JBVAMC also operates four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in the Lakeside (downtown) area and Auburn Gresham (south side) community of Chicago, in Chicago Heights, Ill.; and the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, IN, which serves the four counties of Northwestern Indiana. The medical center is a part of VA Great Lakes Healthcare System (Network 12), which includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL has a temporary Medical Instrument Technician (Pulmonary Function) position open. The incumbent in this position performs a full range of routine and specialized pulmonary function tests. Incumbent has the ability to provide expertise and proficiency performing all requested tests following the guidelines of American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) and safety practices per policy established by the VA, Medicine service or the department. Specific functions include: Measure lung volumes using body plethysmography or Helium Dilution using Jaeger Masterscreen. Determine forced expiratory flow parameters with a spirometer, to include flow volume loops using a pneumotachograph Determine slow expiratory flow with a spirometer. Measure airway resistance and conductance by body plethysmography Perform: Bronchial provocation testing with Methacholine and Measure Maximum Volume Ventilation (MVV) Diffusing capacity to measure the transfer of diffusion-limited gas within the lungs. Bedside spirometry when inpatients cannot be transferred to lab. Arterial punctures to determine levels of pH, carbon dioxide and oxygen pressures. Six minute walk tests for desaturation and distance measurements using finger and reflective probes. Sitting and supine testing with spirometer. Maximal Inspiratory Pressure Sustained/Maximal Expiratory Pressure Sustained. Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing utilizing an ergo magnetically braked bicycle to include the ability to acquire spirometry, manual/automated blood pressures and arterial punctures. High Altitude Simulation testing with and without oxygen titration. Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction with treadmill and spirometer for flow volume loops. The technician needs to be proficient in administering bronchodilator utilizing both spacers and nebulizers. Identifies and provides the appropriate oxygen modality, as needed. Scanning completed tests in CPRS/GUI. Appropriate maintenance of patient files. Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Who May Apply
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United States Citizens

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be 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

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion involve walking, frequent bending, reaching and stretching.


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. * Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: Three years of Medical Instrument Technician (Pulmonary Function) experience in a clinical or hospital setting.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS GS- 6: Possess 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. Perform routine pulmonary function tests in a hospital or clinic. Administer inhaled medications for the purpose of bronchodilator response. Operate, calibrate, and maintain commonly used instruments such as blood gas analyzers, oximeters, and gas nebulizers. Conduct standardized tests such as forced and slow vital capacity, blood gas analysis, and flow volume loops. Instruct patients when and how to perform breathing exercises. Calculate and measure blood gas values. Use aseptic methods to draw blood samples from patients and properly use and clean equipment. In addition, can demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of proper administration of metered dose inhalers and the various medications associated with bronchodilation including understanding of the contraindications and dangers of such pharmaceutical agents. 2. Knowledge of the proper use and placement of pulse oximetry equipment and sensors. 3. Knowledge of universal precautions and aseptic techniques for cleaning equipment to provide a safe environment for performing tests. 4. Ability to perform routine, standardized pulmonary function tests. 5. Ability to recognize adverse reactions to treatment that may indicate the need to terminate procedures and to call the physician's attention to unusual reactions to administered medications.

GS- 7: Possess 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 experience includes: knowledge of the basic principles of pulmonary physiology sufficient to understand impairment of lung function and to be able to utilize that information in the design of individualized tests to help solve specific problems. Perform complex but standardized tests and procedures. Explain procedures to the patient and are aware of possible complications and adverse reactions to the performance of pulmonary function testing. In addition, can demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to perform arterial punctures, analyze blood gases, and interpret blood gas measurements including the ability to determine if the sample is accurate for reporting, assess for inaccuracy, and correct inaccurate samples. 2. Knowledge of lung mechanics and ability to perform a variety of spiromety and complex pulmonary function tests on both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. 3. Ability to determine the order of priority for administering multiple pulmonary function tests, choose the most appropriate equipment and techniques for the type of ventilator problem, and determine the proper sequence of steps to complete the testing. 4. Ability to measure the pulmonary function of patients for the purpose of diagnosing disease, determining responsiveness to treatment, and assessing disability.

GS- 8: Possess at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS- 7) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics of the positions to be filled. This experience includes: provides knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharma-cology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatment. Provide emergency airway management when patients deteriorate in the Laboratory including bronchodilator nebulization, provision of supplemental oxygen, bag-and-mask ventilation, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and to assist with or perform airway intubation and defibrillation. In addition, can demonstrate the following KSAs: 1.Ability to perform special procedures pulmonary function testing which may include cardiopulmonary exercise testing, exercise induced asthma testing, Shunt testing, and/or P-100 testing. 2. Knowledge of airway management, pulmonary pharmacology, CPR, and oxygen administration. 3. Knowledge of bio-testing procedures, syringe quality control procedures, and ability to analyze results for compliance. 4. Ability to perform quality control on blood gas analyzers as required by accrediting bodies. 5. Ability to provide training to lower graded pulmonary function technicians and students including teaching the correct methodology of pulmonary function procedures and theory of interpretation of results.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/54, Part II, Appendix G27.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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Additional information

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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

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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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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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

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Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/23/2017 to receive consideration.

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Joyce Wyatt





Jesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 820 South Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 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: 10/12/2017 to 10/23/2017

Salary: $40,362 to $64,572 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 6 - 8

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Temporary - 13 Months