Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Long Beach, California

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822953

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This position reports to Radiology & Nuclear Medicine Service but falls under Surgical Healthcare Group..

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist with responsibility for performing, developing, writing, implementing, and refining procedures in the areas of planar and SPECT imaging, position emission tomography - computed tomography (PET, and PET/CT); and in vivo and in vitro procedures (i.e., Pyrophosphate and Ultra tag red blood cell labeling and others). The senior nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for adherence to Radiation Safety procedures and federal regulatory practices to include area safety; radiopharmacy management, using the Nuclear Medicine Information System (NMIS), Atomlab 500 Wipe Test System and Capintec 15R and 55-tw dose calibrating systems and MedRad Intego Dose Delivery System; administration and management of radionuclides; administration of radionuclide therapies per Code of Federal regulations and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) guidelines as they pertain to nuclear medicine practice, including management of Written Directives. The technologist is responsible for patient imaging using the Siemens Symbia-S dual-head gamma camera, GE Infinia with Hawkeye dual-head SPECT-CT system, and GE Discovery 600 PET/CT imaging system; imaging database manipulation and management, utilizing the GE Xeleris, Siemens Syngo and software platforms image archiving using the AGFA Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture [VistA (Radiology package)] system. He/She will perform nuclear cardiology procedures and protocols often in conjunction with Cardiology Service staff. The technologist rotates with other staff technologists on a regular basis through both the general nuclear medicine and PET/CT departments. He/she may also be asked to work off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need, as well as cover on-call duties on a rotating basis. The incumbent will be knowledgeable of HIPPA requirements, Joint Commission standards and patient safety practices.

Work Schedule:* Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm or 7:00am to 4:00pm*

* *Functional Statement Title/#: Nuclear Medicine Technologist 011950**

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: *

Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

Certification. All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification eligibility requirements are normally satisfied by one of the following: graduation from an educational program in nuclear medicine technology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; or national certification as a registered medical technologist or registered radiologic technologist; or a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in one of the physical or biological sciences, and 4 years of clinical NMT experience.

Physical Requirements. Moderate lifting- 60 pounds and over, light carrying- under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, both hands required, standing 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), near vision correctable at 13" tp 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4.

English Language Proficiency. Nuclear medicine technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

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:

Experience. Completion of 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 potential to acquire the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Ability to analyze consequences of improper packaging of radioactive material and take appropriate actions.

2. Ability to determine personnel needing personal monitoring devices, analyze personal monitoring results, and recommend corrective action, if needed.

3. Ability to analyze instances of increased radiation exposure levels and recommend measures to reduce.

4. Ability to calculate exposure rates.

5. Ability to properly document excessive radiation exposure.

6. Ability to develop new protocols for imaging procedures.

7. Skill in motivating and/or mentoring staff, if supervisory position.

8. Ability to develop continuing education standards, if supervisory position.

9. Skill in responding to any decrease in staffing or increase in workload involving all parties to restructure work assignments, if encumbering a supervisory position.

Assignments. NMTs at this level may be senior-level practitioners in assigned areas, may be in lead positions, or may be encumbering a position that is supervisory in nature. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

References:VA Handbook 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G19 VA 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- 60 pounds and over, light carrying- under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, both hands required, standing 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), near vision correctable at 13" tp 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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. 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.

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: $66,137.00 to $85,977.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453086000

Job Announcement Number: VR 1822953 HT38-16-146 PP