Chief Registered Respiratory Therapist
The Chief, Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT), directs and supervises the work of RT staff who administer routine, intensive, and emergency respiratory care and life support to patients, whose age may vary from 17 years to 100 years, with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities. The incumbent administers routine, intensive, and emergent respiratory care and life support to patients, whose age may vary from 17 years to 100 years, with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities.
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The Chief RRT must possess expert knowledge of respiratory therapy methods; full range of equipment; complex respiratory procedures; and techniques used in respiratory therapy including the operating characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of the complex equipment used in intensive respiratory care and emergency situations. Must have the ability to perform complex respiratory procedures. Must have knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system including in-depth understanding of how the structure and function of the lungs and bronchi relate to gas exchange and ventilation. Must have extensive knowledge of a wide variety of acute and chronic respiratory disorders, and must be able to participate with physicians, nurses, and/or other medical staff in respiratory patient treatment planning. Must have the knowledge and ability to: provide emergency or critical respiratory care; and to plan and conduct in-service education or training for hospital staff, students, patients, and families. Must have the ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate programs involving respiratory care.
Responsible for the direction and overall supervision of all Respiratory Therapy Department staff.
Plan work schedules and the sequence of operations and recommends and/or implements changes in organization or work assignments to improve work, services or job satisfaction.
Assigns and explains work requirements relative to respiratory care for new or changes, as well as existing programs.
Resolves technical work problems, including those not covered by precedents or established policies.Develops and updates guidelines and policies for non-routine or complex assignments.
Initiates changes in the system for delivery of respiratory care based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies.
Recommends and justifies to higher authority changes with significant budgetary impact.
Develops and reports to higher level supervisors, changes in budget requirements based on anticipated workload and productivity capability of the department.
Prepares formal requests for additional positions and/or filling vacancies to meet work requirements.
Selects or participates with significant influence in selection of employees from eligible candidates.
Full Time Day shift
nancial Disclosure Report:
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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.
* Proficiency in written and spoken English.
* Possess a certificate as a Registered Respiratory Therapist from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent? 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.
Specialized Experience GS-10:
In addition to meeting the requirement for GS-9, candidates must have had at least 1 additional year of successful and progressively responsible experience in which the candidate demonstrated the ability to assume supervisory duties and function in an assignment at the GS-10 level. Example of experience would include: Plans work schedules and the sequence of operations, and recommends and implements changes in organization or work assignments to improve work, services, job satisfaction, etc., Assigning and explains work requirements relative to respiratory care, Develops and updates guidelines and policies for non routine or complex assignments, Selecting or participate with significant influence in selection of employees from eligible candidates.
* (GS-9) In addition to meeting the requirements for GS-8, candidates must have had at least 1 additional year of successful and progressively responsible experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-8 level or equivalent. This experience must have included demonstrated accomplishments in upgrading services to patients. The candidate must have demonstrated expert knowledge of respiratory therapy methods, equipment, and procedures and the ability to assume responsibility to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate programs involving respiratory care.
* (GS-8) 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.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11
Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; hearing aid permitted.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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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
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VA Form 10-2850c
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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.
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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 08/20/2018 to receive consideration.
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Raymond G Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1501 San Pedro Drive, Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Open & closing dates:
08/10/2018 to 08/20/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$57,957 to $72,447 per year