Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible for the provision of respiratory therapy procedures and associated diagnostic services ordered by, and in collaboration with, the physician on all tours of duty with minimal or no direct supervision<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />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 Interpreting physician orders, providing specialized therapy to critically ill patients that usually require adaptation of established technical procedures. Participating with the physician in planning, instituting, evaluating and devising a patient care plan for pulmonary hygiene. Assisting the physician in determining therapeutic objectives/goals of respiratory treatments/therapy and evaluating the physician order for appropriateness and adjusts the order if necessary. Administering various specialized modes of ventilation to patients with endotracheal tubes and tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters based on patient response. Observing the patient closely during treatments/procedures/PAP therapy/High Flow delivery, and, as required, pulse, obtains blood gas samples reporting vital signs and obvious changes in patient condition. Processing specimens using equipment, instruments, or techniques that are necessary to prepare them for specific analysis (pH, hematocrit, oxygen saturations, etc.) This position is designated as an "emergency essential" position and the selected candidate will be considered an "emergency essential" employee. Therapist regularly works in an intensive care unit with patients who have severe respiratory and other medical problems. There is recurring exposure to contagious disease and hazardous gases.<br /><br /><strong>Duty Station:</strong> Baltimore, Maryland<br /> <strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Day Shift 7am-7:30pm to include holidays and weekends<br /> <strong>Fi</strong><strong>nancial Disclosure Report:</strong> Not required<br /> <strong>Telework:</strong> Is NOT available for this position <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 8 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/04/2019.<br /> Basic Requirements: <ul> <li>United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> Preferred Experience: Experience with assisting with Endobronchiul ultrasound bronchoscopy (EBUS)<br /><br /><strong>Grade Determinations</strong>:<br /><br />GS-7. None beyond the basic requirements.<br /><br />GS-8. Candidates must have all of the following:<br /> (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.<br /> (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.<br /> (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.<br /><br />References: http: vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf <br /><br />The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-08.<br /><br />Physical Requirements: <strong>-</strong>Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 50 lbs.)-Prolonged extensive, or considerable standing/ walking-Lifts supplies/equipment-Pushes/pulls or moves/lifts heavy equipment/supplies-Manual dexterity and mobility-Intermittent exertion when performing treatments-Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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 . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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 determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br /><ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /> CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.<br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .<br /> CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>OF-306</li><li>Form 10-2850, License, BLS/ACLS, Certificaiton</li><li>Other Veterans Document</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-50</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /> <strong>CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> 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 . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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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