Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Repiratory Therapist in Little Rock, Arkansas
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Little Rock, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (9 day(s) ago)
** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1812993
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?
Area of Consideration: All U.S. Citizens and current permanent Federal employees of other Agencies. **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.
TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION TO UPLOAD. ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS.
You must submit all required documents as outlined in the "Required Documents" Section located to the right of the "Job Overview" Section at the top of this job announcement.
Current Permanent CAVHS, VA, and Federal employees of other Agencies should apply under the INTERNAL announcement RQ-16-AYC-1812913-BU.
The position of Registered Respiratory Therapist is located in Medicine Services. The duties of the position include but are not limited to:
Provides comprehensive and complex respiratory care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities, with minimal supervision.
Provides emergency or critical respiratory care as required.
Performs work concerned with administering respiratory care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities.
Collaborates with multidisciplinary team in planning respiratory treatment.
Administers 02 and aerosols containing prescribed medications utilizing a variety of standard respiratory equipment.
Reviews chest x-rays, and electrocardiograms to determine the effective of therapy being administered, and makes recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment.
Performs chest physical therapy to facilitate the removal of secretions.
Sets up and monitors the operation of compressors, nebulizers, non-rebreathing masks and co-oximeters.
Administers assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments of ventilator parameters.
Administers and monitors advanced ventilator techniques.
Performs the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation. Develops plans for weaning patients from ventilators.
Serves as shift leader or sole responsible respiratory practitioner on a shift.
Provides in-service training in various specialized areas of respiratory care.
Accepts shift leader responsibilities and performs additional respiratory duties as the discretion of the Chief, Respiratory Care.
Work Schedule: 3:30 pm to Midnight, working every other weekend
Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Respiratory Therapist GS 07 and GS 08
- 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.
- 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.
- Physical Requirements. You must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and the possibility of a random drug screen in accordance with VA Handbook 5019, Part 2, Paragraph 3 and VA Directive 1177.
- 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).
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desired. If selected for this position, per VHA Directive 1177, you must possess current BCLS certification as you will provide direct clinical care to patients in this position.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is desired. If selected for this position, you must obtain this certification within six (6) months of hire.
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.
GS 07 Level:
To meet grade requirement for GS 07 level positions, you must meet the above Basic Requirements.
GS 08 Level:
To meet grade requirement for GS 08 level positions, you must meet all the below requirements:
(1) Possess one year of specialized experience at the GS 07 level completing the following tasks: 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) Demonstrate knowledge and abilities needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Be 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) Demonstrate 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; VA Directive 1177 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: 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: Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; standing (4-6 hours); Repeated bending (2 hours);climgin, legs only (.5 hours); near vision corrrectable 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 distinquish colors; hearing (aid permitted: other (specify) Mental and Emotional Stability.
What To Expect Next
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
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: $45,512.00 to $60,735.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0601-07/08
Promotion Potential: 08
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent Federal employees of other Agencies
Control Number: 452225800
Job Announcement Number: RQ-16-AYC-1812993-BU