Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography) in Dallas, Texas
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Dallas, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815506
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.
VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second largest and most complex VA system in the nation, comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic. VANTHCS includes five Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations as well as an annex clinic located three miles from Dallas VAMC. A Fisher House is located on campus at Dallas VAMC. VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 5,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. Through these four facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers health care services to approximately 500,000 veterans. Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. The Research Program operates $8.7 million in grants. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the first in bed days of care, the second in unique Veterans served, and the second in outpatient visits. Dallas provides a variety of cultural and educational opportunities, affordable housing and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.
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.
First area of consideration will be eligible VA North Texas Health Care System employees.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography, also known as DRT (CT)) responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Provide computerized tomography radiography imaging for procedures in the CT Radiolgoy department.
- Participate in all aspects of the mission of the medical center, including clinical service, education, and research as needed.
- Assist the management team with the collection of statistical data needed to monirot nad improve the clincal service.
- Schedules exams.
- Prioritization in scheduling patients.
- Determines requirement of non-standard exams by confering with Radiologists.
- Performs neuroangiography, including spine, head and neck studies.
- Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities.
- Performs myelography of the complete spine.
- Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques.
- Works with the radiologist as a memeber of the surgical/radiographic team.
- Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/angiography and other exams.
- Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients.
- Performs irregular hour emergency scans on standby, 24 hours per day, coverage.
Saturday / Sunday 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Functional Statement Title/#: *Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, Computerized Tomography
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006, http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/DirectHand.htm.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the following requirements:
a. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). In addition to the certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist, Advanced certification in (ARRT) (CT) Computerized Tomography is also required. Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in Computerized Tomography and taken and passed the designated examination.
c. Experience or Education: Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associates degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.
d. Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer Radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR part 75, which requires that persons who administer Radiologic procedures must: (1) have successfully completed an educational program which meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and (2) be certified as radiographers in their field.
Experience: Completion of one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;
- Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;
- Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;
- Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions;
- Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
Preferred Experience:* Have at least two to five years experience in computed tomography (CT) to include PE, CT colonoscopy, Cardiac, MIP, and reconstruction skills.
Computed Tomography (CT). This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations. The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of particular interest to the physician.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
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.
*Physical Requirements: *Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing up (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $51,833.00 to $67,378.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452224600
Job Announcement Number: AH-16-LHe-1815506-BU