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U.S. Air Force Academy OPERATING ROOM NURSING ASSISTANT in Air Force Academy, Colorado


Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. The primary purpose of this position is to provide assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures for multiple surgical specialties. Participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing surgical procedures ranging from routine to complex high risk under the general supervision of the surgical team.


Functions as a primary surgical technologist providing highly specialized care to patients undergoing surgery, including the newest and most complex, state-of-the art procedures in multiple surgical specialties.

Performs ancillary duties in support of the surgical schedule. Ensures the prompt arrival of all scheduled patients to the preoperative area in a timely manner with all appropriate paperwork and laboratory/radiology results.

Performs a variety of medical supply operation assignments to decontaminate, sterilize, and prepare medical supplies/equipment used in the operating room.

Performs as a circulator/float technologist. Obtains sterile supplies, sutures, dressings, linens, etc.


Conditions of Employment


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Technical and Medical Support Positions. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-05, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes knowledge of technical medical instruments, human anatomy, physiology, and aseptic technique to prepare and protect the sterile field during surgery, Knowledge of sterile technique must include sterilizer operations and tests to determine the effectiveness of sterilization, packaging, storage, and shelf life. Also includes the proper cleaning techniques and the types of detergents to use on various items, as well as the proper handling and rotation of sterile supplies, handling of contaminated items, quality control, and personal hygiene. Must have in-depth knowledge of universal precautions and know how to implement infection control policies and procedures. Knowledge of a wide variety of complex surgical and endoscopic procedures and possible complications in order to prepare for the procedure, to anticipate the needs for the surgical, robotic, and endoscopic team, to respond with speed and accuracy, and to report observations and immediate procedural needs to the RN circulator. Must have a thorough knowledge of all appropriate names, uses, physical characteristics, function, and processing procedures for the full range of surgical, robotic, and endoscopic supplies and equipment. Must be familiar with surgical pharmacology and the dosages and the proper medications administered from the sterile field. OR EDUCATION: One full year of graduate level education in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician. NOTE: You must submit a copy of transcripts. OR COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. NOTE: You must submit a copy of transcripts. FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-05 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-06 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Knowledge of fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, medical and surgical procedures, sterilization procedures, intensive knowledge of aseptic techniques, operating room procedures sufficient to meet recurring, emergency, or special medical supply and equipment needs, nomenclature, care/use of surgical instruments and equipment, and preparation of instrument sets to include skill in obtaining supplies needed during surgery such as blood products, drugs, solutions, instruments, and additional sterile supplies. Strict adherence to standard asepsis procedures to ensure safety of all patients. 2. Knowledge of perioperative nursing care appropriate for infants, toddlers, preschool age children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. The ability to listen, speak, write effectively and demonstrates customer service skills to achieve customer-focused performance. Knowledge of requirements for positioning patients for special procedures performed by anesthesia staff and recognizing and reporting gross changes in patient's vital signs, symptoms and general physical condition. 3. Knowledge of medical supply systems, procedures, and proper procedures for the handling of hazardous materials and containment of medical waste. 4. Skill in maintaining advanced medical equipment such as cardiac monitors, hemodynamics monitors, and similar supplies, to recognize and correct equipment malfunctions. 5. Skill in handling a variety of instrumentation, materials and equipment used in Robotics surgery and knowledge of sterilization techniques. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional Information

Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old) Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible: MPS applicants, if determined best qualified, must be selected at the full performance level and placed at the full performance level. You must include a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility for MSP. Click here to obtain a copy of the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.