Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist position is located in the Radiology Service at the Alaska VA Healthcare System, Anchorage, AK. Operate and monitor commonly used equipment to perform routine positioning and imaging exams on Veteran patients. Images are processed digitally and require the DRT to assess the quality of the images prior to releasing them to the Radiologist through the picture archiving system (PACS) software. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
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Operate a variety of sophisticated radiation producing machines used to examine internal structures.
Apply patient positioning technique and radiation exposure protocols to obtain useful diagnostic images.
Apply radiation safety practices to minimize radiation exposure to patients, staff, and self by appropriate use of lead shields and collimation/distance management.
Adhere to the principles of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) when performing exams.
Communicate with patients to assess identify using 2 identifiers, to discuss the radiology order and determine the best approach for the examination, to assess the patient's mobility, to create a level of comfort in patient preparation for exams, and to give specific intelligible instructions.
Varies exam procedures as needed to compensate for patient's individual medical conditions and body habitus.
Use patient lifts, movable tables, weight bearing stands, and wheel chairs to safely position and move patients.
Communicate with coworkers to organize and execute the daily work of the Radiology Service and with the Radiologist to provide meaningful images for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Train new staff and college level students in operational procedures.
Perform necessary quality control (QC), maintenance, and start-up/shut-down procedures.
Use computers and software to conduct assignments.
Train staff in how to participate in keeping the reusable medical equipment (RMEs) properly cleaned and conditioned.
Document all relevant activities and assigned critical supplies as clean linens and gowns and RME cleaning supplies, etc.
Troubleshoot equipment problems, contacts necessary support such as Information Technology (IT), VistA Imaging, Bio-Medical, PACS Administrator, etc.
Use proper identifiers and markers on images and enter appropriate notes into the patient exam record.
Prepare contrast materials used under the direction of the Radiologist.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizen of the United States.
All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)(R).
Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology. (1) Credentialing Standards.
Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field. (2) Exception for Non-Certified, Entry Level Candidates.
Non certified DRTs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT(R) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate DRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of certification for a period not to exceed 2 years for a DRT that provides care under the supervision of a certified DRT at or above the full performance level. This exception only applies at hte GS-5 entry level. For grade levels above the entry level, the candidate must be certified. Temporary appointments of non-certified DRTs may not be extended beyond 2 years, or converted to a new temporary appointment. (3) Loss of Credential.
An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain certification, within two years, or who fails to maintain the required certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
* Physical Requirement.
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
* English Language Proficiency.
DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
GS-5 DRT (Entry Level): Experience or Education.
None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment.
DRTs at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.
GS-6 DRT (Developmental Level: Experience or Education.
At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Assignment.
Employees at this grade level serve as developmental DRTs, performing examinations which are routine and standardized in nature. They explain exams to patients in terms they can understand as well as potential hazards. They also must troubleshoot equipment used for diagnostic radiology and exercise caution in the handling and safeguarding of all radiation producing equipment. DRTs must report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner to service representatives, and assist higher graded technicians in performing more complicated examinations. In addition to the Experience/Education above, the following KSAs are required:
1. Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure.
2. Knowledge of anatomy and positioning.
3. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures.
4. Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment.
5. Ability to learn basic computer functions.
GS-7 DRT (Advanced Developmental Level): Experience or Education.
At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level or the successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled. Assignment.
DRTs at this level perform a substantially full range of duties but receive guidance and directions regarding unfamiliar or unusual situations for more complex patient issues. Candidates at this grade level may be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services. In addition to the Experience/Education above, the following KSAs are required:
1. Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system.
2. Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study.
3. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures.
4. Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and CR readers.
5. Knowledge of PACS, and basic computer skills.
GS-8 DRT (Full Performance Level): Experience
. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments.
Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services. In addition to the Experience/Education above, the following KSAs are required:
1. Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines.
2. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed.
3. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results.
4. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedures that keep the radiologist informed.
5. Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers.
6. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 dated June 26, 2014.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8.
Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling (4 hours); Pushing (4 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Standing (6 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing without aid; Emotional/mental stability
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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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.
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Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: **** 2.
Resume - Must include:
a. Name of agency; address, city, state, zip code;
b. Job title; series; grade, if applicable (applies to federal government employees only i.e. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist GS-0647-8);
c. Current and previous supervisor(s) name, phone number and if they may be contacted;
d. Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2009 to April 2010);
e. Duties (be as detailed as possible);
f. Full-time, part-time, intermittent status (include hours worked per week);
g. School(s) attended, list of undergraduate/graduate degree(s) completed/date(s) graduated.
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).
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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.
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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How to Apply
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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 08/28/2018 to receive consideration.
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Anchorage VA Medical Center
1201 North Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504
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Open & closing dates:
08/08/2018 to 08/28/2018
Pay scale & grade:
GS 5 - 8
$37,055 to $79,654 per year In addition to the base salary, there is a 3.74% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free). COLA is subject to change in the future.