Registered Respiratory Therapist
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1963432
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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 FQ-17-ATL-1964343-HT38-BU.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL CLOSE AT 11:59PM ON THE DAY ON WHICH 50 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED OR ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
- Not Required
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. 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.
c. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
d. 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).
3. SECTION B. PART-TIME REQUIREMENTS. Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an RRT who worked 20 hours a week, i.e., half-time, would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service).
4. SECTION C. GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
a. GS-7. None beyond the basic requirements.
b. 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.
Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least one year of post-graduation clinical experience.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II APPENDIX G11 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:Ability to an access all patient care areas as required. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing or walking for prolonged periods of time; frequent bending, reaching, stooping, and stretching to set-up and take apart respiratory equipment and apparatus; lifting and repositioning patients; pushing or pulling heavy objects such as oxygen tanks, ventilators, medication carts, and etc. The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average dexterity to perform intricate respiratory therapy procedures.