Health Technician (Ophthalmology) Job in Jackson, Mississippi – Department of Veterans Affairs



The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Health Technician (Ophthalmology) in Jackson, Mississippi Feel free to browse this and any other job listings and reach out to us with any questions!

Health Technician (Ophthalmology) – Jackson, Mississippi
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 170386
Start Date: 11/25/2019
End Date: 12/09/2019

Qualification Summary
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/09/2019.
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. Certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) with the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). Experience. One year of experience in a health care field, such as but not limited to nursing, medical assistant, or health technician. OR Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of six semester hours directly related to a health care field or associate’s degree in a health care related degree. OR Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Examples are listed below:(a) Six months of experience in the health care field; and one year above high school; or (b) Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or ophthalmology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces; or(c) Six months of experience in the health care field and completion of an independent study course in Ophthalmic Medical Assisting. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation). Preferred Experience: None beyond basic qualifications and grade requirements. Grade Determinations:
GS-8 (Full Performance Level)
Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. The Health Technician (Ophthalmology) at this level performs a range of standard, but complex, diagnostic procedures with responsibility for checking calibration of instruments prior to the procedure. Responsible for obtaining patient physical history, to include chief complaint; reason for visit; pertinent signs/symptoms; past history both ocular and general; family history both ocular and general; social history; and review of medications and allergies, including current ocular prescription and non-prescription medications. Measures eyeglass prescription using manual or automated lensometer, recording sphere, cylinder, axis, and prism in both plus and minus cylinder. Performs basic refractometry utilizing an auto refraction or habitual glass prescription in the phoropter. Performs patient screening and triage emergencies identifying ocular emergencies. Assists during clinic-based ophthalmic surgery, including revision of wounds, biopsies of the eyelid lesions, cultures of conjunctiva,or cornea; reformation of anterior chamber, evacuation of hyphema, repositioning of corneal endothelial grafts, intra-vitreous injections, and laser surgical procedures. Ensures proper cleaning and disinfection; calibration, maintenance, backup, annual inventory and ordering of instruments, supplies and equipment; obtains quotes as needed; and reports needed repairs to biomedical engineering. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to perform advanced tonometry and pupil evaluation;
2. Ability to perform calculations for selection of intraocular lens;
3. Knowledge of clinic based ophthalmic surgical assisting;
4. Knowledge of eye anatomy and physiology;
5. Knowledge of medication effects and proper instillation in the eye;
6. Knowledge of optics; and
7. Knowledge of proper cleaning and maintenance of clinic equipment. References: VA Handbook 5005/98, Part II, Appendix G52 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting and carrying, over 45 lbs; straight pulling, pulling hand over hand, and pushing for 1 hour, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking and standing 8 hours, kneeling 1 hours, repeated bending 1 hour, both legs required, operation of crane truck, tractor or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vison correctable to 13′ to 16′ to Jaeger 1 to 4; repetition computer, both eyes required, depth perception, distinguish colors and shades, hearing aid permitted, emotional and mentally stable. Works alone, around machinery with moving parts, excessive noise and outside and inside.

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