Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist in Fresno, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fresno, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815697

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?

VA Central CA Health Care System is located in the heart of California adjacent to Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequoia Parks, several lakes, and year-round recreation. Located in the Central Valley we are a short, 2-4 hour drive, from various locations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the coast. Fresno/Clovis continues to offer one of the most affordable housing markets in the state and has excellent primary and secondary schools.

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.

*Current VA employees should apply under announcement #: NP-16-ADS-1815411-BU*


The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) works under the supervision of the Chief of Respiratory Care for Medicine Service at the Fresno, CA VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS). This position will work in the Sleep Lab and perform requirements of the facility's Sleep Program.

Duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Participates in the complex decision making process of respiratory care at many levels, such as patient assessment and evaluation;
  • Consults with physicians, nurses, patients and family members, as well as other therapists in the planning of respiratory patient care;
  • Abides by department policy and helps with Quality Improvement, Safety and Security programs;
  • Responsible for airway care and management during a cardiac or respiratory test;
  • Responds to all STAT calls regarding a patient's respiratory status, making assessments and providing emergency ventilator and/or oxygenation support;
  • Assists with intubation and sets up equipment relative to the patient's need for oxygenation or ventilation;
  • Initiates and monitors mechanical ventilation (MV) in collaboration with the physician;
  • Recommends to the physician the mode of therapy most appropriate to meet the objectives;
  • Completes computer documentation in various patient care systems/software;
  • And other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Sunday, 8:00pm to 6:00am, rotating shifts to include every other weekend. (e.g. Week 1: Monday-Thursday, 8:00pm-6:00am; Week 2: Saturday-Tuesday, 8:00pm-6:00am) Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Respiratory Therapist/#02703A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has 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. This includes registration based on either: (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.
  • English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience: 1 year of professional experience as an RRT.

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.

Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

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 Appendix G11. Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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:Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling and pushing (.5 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (5 hours); Standing (1 hour); Kneeling, bending and climbing (.25 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/mental stability; Hand/eye coordination needed for fine manipulation.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

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: $43,178.00 to $64,611.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-08/08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 452193400

Job Announcement Number: NP-17-ADS-1815697-BU