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0601 General Health Science
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
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/27/2019.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.
- Have a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent.
- Licensed as a Polysomnographer Technician.
Preferred Experience: Have a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent and be licensed as a Polysomnographer Technician.Grade Determinations:GS-7. None beyond the basic requirements.GS-8. Candidates must have all of the following:
(1) At least 1 year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care.
(2) Demonstrated knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment.
(3) Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.References: VA HANDBOOK 5005 Part II Appendix G11
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 07 to 08Physical Requirements: The tasks of this position generally require sitting, standing, occasional crouching or kneeling. Moderate lifting is required to move equipment throughout the Sleep Lab and Medical Center. Considerable manual dexterity and hand eye coordination are continuously required during polysomnography and patient hookup procedures. This
includes shift work and continuous observation of computer screen. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation demands coordination and stamina.Work Environment: The work is performed in a sleep disorders lab suite, which includes patient rooms and control room which are relatively small and crowded. Due to the nature of the hospital patient, there is always a possibility of Sleep Technologist contracting infectious disease from patients.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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.
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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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
Proof of Enrollment
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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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The Respiratory Therapist - Polysomnographer serves as the primary therapist in the sleep lab, performing the technical testing and monitoring of sleep studies. Incumbent may also provide basic and advanced Respiratory services to adults and geriatric patients, as well as diagnostic cardiac, neurologic, vascular, and pulmonary testing at the Sheridan VAHCS in a backup role capacity. This position is supervised by the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Medicine Service.
The Therapist will monitor and assist in maintaining Sleep Lab equipment and ordering daily supplies for the Sleep Lab. The Therapist will maintain ongoing knowledge on current trends and techniques in the field of sleep diagnostics testing. Appropriately handles scoring, data transfers, report preparation, and document distribution in an efficient/timely manner. The Therapist may perform routine respiratory care procedures such as nebulizer therapy with specific bronchodilation drugs, oxygen therapy, humidification therapy, chest physiotherapy, postural drainage and sputum induction. The therapist will take initiative in reporting changes, complications, progress in each patient, and make recommendations for further treatment to physicians and members of the medical team and receive verbal/telephone orders from physicians to enter consults into CPRS for orders related to respiratory therapy or pulmonary function testing. The Therapist will review, collect and evaluate relevant clinical data from the medical records. The Therapist will be capable of performing both basic and complex therapeutic procedures for adults and geriatric patients. Example: monitoring patients receiving mechanical ventilation, assisting with bronchoscopy, using techniques that include interpretation of clinical data, describing and reporting arterial blood values and acid base balance. The Therapist will apply clinical expertise in such a manner as to upgrade patient care where indicated and assist the provider in formulating an appropriate Respiratory Care Plan based upon patient assessment, history, lung auscultation, chest x-ray, pulse-oximetry, Respiratory Patient Protocols, etc. The Therapist will communicate changes in the Respiratory Care Plan and/or patient's status to other health care team members as appropriate. Additionally, the Therapist will make recommendations to providers regarding changes in treatment based upon patient observation and diagnostic test values. The Therapist will provide effective and relevant education to the patient, family, students, and co-workers when appropriate.
The Therapist may perform both fundamental and advanced diagnostic procedures, including pulse oximetry, arterial puncture, blood gas analysis, and Pulmonary Function testing/studies as necessary. The Therapist will perform both emergency and acute Respiratory Care procedures in accordance with departmental guidelines and industry standards.
Other duties as assignedWork Schedule: Work Schedule can range from 7:00pm to 7:00am Monday - FridayTelework schedules: Not authorizedVirtual work schedules: Not authorizedFLSA: ExemptFunctional Statement Title/#: Registered Respiratory TherapistBU Status: BargainingRelocation / Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized to highly qualified applicant.Relocation Expenses: Not AuthorizedEDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION: This position is eligible for the EDRP, a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility requirement, and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is receivedFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.