Respiratory Therapist

Bethesda, Maryland
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 14, 2022
Full Time

  • Perform pulmonary diagnostic testing such as: spirometry, lung volumes, single breath diffusing capacity, cardio-pulmonary exercise, metabolic measurements, oxygen titration, 6 minute walk, bronchoscopy assistance, etc.
  • Assist physicians in both the diagnosis and in guiding therapy of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.
  • Explain test and technique to patient before administering pulmonary test.
  • Recommend changes of treatment plans to physician based on patient assessment and ability.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of patient instructions and coaching during diagnostic testing procedures to obtain valid test results according to American Thoracic Society standards.
  • Use assessment and critical thinking skills to assess respiratory status of patients prior to respiratory procedures.
  • Provide routine and complex pulmonary diagnostic testing procedures for inpatient and outpatient military population.
  • Select and check proper dosage and methods of administration of medications to patients.
  • Identify interactions of drugs to determine therapy effectiveness and any adverse reactions.
  • Take appropriate action in response to patient distress or medical emergency.
  • Recognize and report critical laboratory results immediately to physician.
  • Set up and operate complex diagnostic pulmonary equipment (including blood gas analyzers).
  • Calibrate, clean and maintain diagnostic equipment to assure accurate performance.
  • Document all procedures into an electronic medical record for physician interpretation.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
  • This position may require the incumbent to work on any day or shift, including PMs, nights, weekends, holidays, or on an "on call" basis, necessary to meet mission requirements.
  • This position has been designated ?Mission Essential?. In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations, the incumbent is required to report to work or remain at work as scheduled to support mission operations.
  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Tier 3 security investigation or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment drug screening, and random testing thereafter, to include testing based on reasonable suspicion and testing due to direct involvement with an on-duty accident.
  • This position requires that you obtain and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  • You must undergo a specific initial background checks, investigation and periodic re-verification check of multiple agency records to obtain and maintain a suitable determination to occupy a position having regular contact with children.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Specialized Experience: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service which includes: Performing arterial blood gas draw and analysis; setting up, operating, and/or maintaining ventilator equipment; following infection control procedures; and administering nebulizer medication treatment. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).


Education Substitution for Specialized Experience: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience (listed above) if they have at least one and a half years (27 semester hours) of graduate education that is directly related to the work of the position, in fields such as, Respiratory Therapy or Respiratory Care. Note: If you are using education to qualify, you must upload a copy of your transcripts with your application package showing you meet the education requirement.


Combination of Experience and Education Substitution for Specialized Experience: If you have some, but not all, of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you possess. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education above 1 year (18 semester hours) by 9. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Note: If you are using education to qualify in any way, you must upload a copy of your transcripts with your application package. NOTE: Graduate from an AMA approved program by the National Board of Respiratory Care in Respiratory Therapy and a license as a Respiratory Therapist is preferred/recommended but not required for referral purposes. If you have either or both of these, please address it on your resume.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • Recruitment or relocation incentives MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .

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