Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for an Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (MR) will function in Radiology Service.
Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Scheduling and prioritizing exams in a manner that optimizes all the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) equipment capabilities while maintaining the flexibility to allow for emergency cases.
Positioning the patient within the examining unit, monitors the patient during all phases of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) examination and removes the patient from the magnetic field upon completion of the acquisitions.
Starting IV's and administering Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) contrast to patients requiring such monitoring for allergic reactions with thorough understanding of the use and administration of MR contrast material.
Working with Anesthesia personnel to assure proper assessment of sedated patients which involves starting the IV, positioning of the monitoring equipment and post Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) procedures.
Coordinating with Anesthesia, MRI and patient to determine appropriate time to sedate or anesthetize patients for MR if they are claustrophobic.
Monitoring Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) examinations by checking computations, performance and results of the selected parameters to obtain the best diagnostic data and images.
Assuring Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) patients are screened in advance for any contraindicating conditions and explaining exams to competent patients so the patient understands what is to be done.
Assisting in training for new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) technologists, physicians in training and general clinical employees.
Establishing interdepartmental partnership with vascular department in the procurement of vascular studies including abdominal and runoff exams.
Performing technical operation and general maintenance of the computer, disk drivers, console, imaging devices, etc.
Performing daily quality assurance tests and archiving Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) images and exporting them for permanent storage.
Assisting manufacturer representative and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of equipment malfunctions in all equipment associated with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) unit.
Performing safety checks on patients, employees and visitors to comply with the American College of Radiology (ACR) safety standards for those persons entering the environment of the 5-gauss magnetic field.
Assisting in preparation of procedure manuals and assists in devising and modifying procedures as necessary.
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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
* United States Citizenship:
Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* ARRT Certification:
Certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
* Advanced Certification:
ARRT Advanced certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR).
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.
In addition to the basic requirements above, the candidate must possess the following experience:
GS-9: Must possess one year of experience at the GS-8 level or equivalent as an ARRT Certified Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) providing services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services. Employees at this level are fully functional as an Advanced DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRT's at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures.
Examples of GS-8 or equivalent experience include:
* Checking systems for operation and assessing acceptable performance based on established guidelines.
* Monitoring calibration parameters and making adjustments as needed.
* Monitoring a patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keeping the radiologist informed.
* Using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers.
* Recognizing unusual images and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
*a. Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.
b. Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.
*c. Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.
d. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.
e. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions.
f. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G25
Advanced DRT (MR) work requires walking, pushing, and lifting of patients and their respective transporting devices, patient's records and MRI scans and inputting data into the VISTA computer system as well as laundry and other stocking items needed. Heavy lifting of incapacitated patients is done with the help of other employees and various lifting devices. Work requires technologist to be aware of all who enter the MRI room and what they have on or in them along with the type of monitoring equipment they may have (ex; 02 tanks, IVAC pump). Incumbent must pass pre-employment physical and designated drug testing.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: ****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: ****Additional information
If you are not a current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs employee or permanent employee of another Federal agency you must apply to vacancy CBBE-18-JM-10281533-BU
to receive proper consideration.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR):
This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter into. The practitioner must have specific specialized knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body. The technologist must also have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). This subspecialty requires advanced ARRT certification.
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System: ****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.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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
Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status.
Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to.
This may not always be your most recent SF-50.
You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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
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 08/29/2018 to receive consideration.
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VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
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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.
Areas of Consideration
- Applicants will be considered based on the following areas of consideration.
First Area of Consideration (facility employees):
Current, permanent VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System employees (this includes CBOC's, permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.
Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees):
Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located at other VA Medical Centers).
Third Area of Consideration:
Current, permanent employees of other Federal agencies.
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/29/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$59,939 to $73,097 per year