U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$45,707.00 to $65,809.00
Open & closing dates
$45,707 to $65,809 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 7 - 8
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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U.S. Citizens and current permanent federal employees.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.
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?
This Registered Respiratory Therapist position is located in Medical Service and is a bargaining unit position. This is a permanent intermittent position. This position has a variable work schedule (including holidays) and employee must have availability to provide day, evening, night, and weekend shift coverage.
This position also requires the following:
Must be able to train for a minimum of 24 hours per week for 6 weeks. (At least two weeks of training takes place during the 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. shift. Remainder of training may be scheduled for evenings, nights, and/or weekends.)
Must be able to attend a mandatory two day agency orientation (separate from clinical training, occurs during day shifts).
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Performs standard respiratory care, mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gas laboratory, special procedures and in-service education to the respiratory care unit staff members.
Administers medicated aerosol therapy to include: bronchodilators, mucolytics, anticholinergics, steroids, and all modes of delivery. These modes are metered dose inhaler, metered dose inhaler with a spacer, small volume nebulizer, and intermittent positive pressure breathing.
Provides chest physical therapy, tracheostomy care, oxygen therapy, patient and family education, respiratory physical assessment, and pulse oximetry.
Responsible for set-up, observation verification procedure, and operation of all mechanical ventilator used at this medical center.
Performs routine Arterial Blood Gas machine maintenance and quality controls each shift on a daily basis.
Troubleshoots problems that occur, and does the minor maintenance required to put the analyzer back in service.
Analyzes arterial and venous blood samples and pleural fluid samples.
Enters results into the DHCP system, and must be able to interpret the results, document all panic values on the DHCP system as well as verbally report the results to the physician/RN caring for the patient.
Must be knowledgeable in the use of the following equipment: nasal BiPAP, nasal CPAP, and Mask CPAP.
Performs the following procedures: Fiberoptic bronchoscopy, Arterial blood gas drawing, Tracheostomy decanulation and reinsertion, Endotracheal intubation, and Pulmonary function testing.
Registered Respiratory Therapist. A copy of the functional statement can be made available upon request, after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Work Schedule: The work schedule will be determined based on the needs of the Medical Center. The Providence VA Medical Center is an acute care facility operating 24 hours a day 7 days a week. While most tours of duty are scheduled during the day, the possibility of working evenings, nights and weekends does exist. Shift changes will be considered based on patient and facility needs.
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Certification: Has a certificate as a Registered Respiratory Therapist 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 (copy of certificate/registration must be submitted with application). This includes registration based on either: Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, OR
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.
Substitution of Education: There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 or GS-08 level.
GS-07 requires: None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-08 requires all of the following (must be documented in resume to receive credit): In addition to the basic requirements, at least one year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-07 level or equivalent is required. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to intubated patients and patients with tracheostomies 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.
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.
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.
Preferred Experience: At least three (3) years of Critical Care experience.
Note: 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.
This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07 to GS-08.
Physical Requirements: The work requires standing and walking for prolonged periods of time, pushing and pulling moderately heavy equipment. Work requires above average dexterity and agility to perform intricate respiratory procedures.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
May be subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
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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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY 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.
NOTE: 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.
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.
We will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. Your résumé, application and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: 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
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/26/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
(401) 459-4770 X4716
Providence VA Medical Center
830 Chalkstone Avenue
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.