U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$45,810.00 to $59,557.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$45,810 to $59,557 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans. The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Tour of Duty and location may change due to patient care needs to include weekends and extended hours). Tour location may vary depending on patient care needs and staffing requirements. Travel reimbursement will be requested when covering a clinic beyond 50 miles of your base location.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Functional Statement Title: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
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Applicants currently permanetly employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs must apply under Announcement
Provide instruction to patients regarding their prescribed CPAP, BPAP, AVAP units.
Provides technical assistance over the telephone to CPAP, BPAP, AVAP patients.
Place prosthetic orders for various needs, i.e. replacement CPAP, BPAP, AVAP units
Actively problem-solves issues encountered by patients on CPAP, BPAP, AVAP
units, i.e. Pressure leak issues, mask comfort, recurring symptoms, pressure comfoft,
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age
Utilizes effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills when interacting
with other members of the health care team or patients. Displays courteous and
conscientious behavior when working with staff and patients.
Communicates with the Sleep Clinic, Home 02 technicians, Sleep Clinic physicians,
Pulmonologists, Primary Care Physicians, etc. regarding the management of the
treatment needs of difficult prescriptions or difficult patients.
Actively participates in educational programs and staff meetings that are scheduled by
Maintains a clean work space.
Demonstrate safety issues on CPAP, BPAP, AVAP units.
Follow up with patients, assess for compliance, triage for Sleep Clinic Physicians
(Patients diagnosed with Sleep Disordered Breathing and prescribed a CPAP, BPAP,
or AVAP unit can do well with regular PAP Clinic appointment visits, those patients
having difficulty with compliance or mask issues or recurring symptoms despite
compliance should be assessed by the Sleep Clinic Physicians, the therapist will note
the needs of the veteran and alert the sleep clinic physician, the sleep physician will
submit a Consult for the patient to be seen in Sleep Clinic if they deem that as
Accepts or schedules a future appointment date for walk-in patients in a courteous and
conscientious manner specific to the need of the patient and time constraints on the
Place Prosthetics Orders for masks, tubing, and filters as needed.
Assist in patient transport if needed.
Provides ideas, suggestions for improved PAP Clinic practices.
Promotes, ensures, and improves customer service to internal/external customers by
demonstrating skills which are consistent with the organization's philosophy of
providing extraordinary customer relations and quality service
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
Basic Requirements: · U.S. citizenship.
· English Proficiency-Must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
· Certificate/Licensure: 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.
Grade Determinations: Grade and salary will be determined by the Respiratory Therapy Professional Standards Board based on the following:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements to following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
b. GS-08 Level: (Full Performance Level) Candidates must have all the following:
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 and 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.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.
Physical Requirements: Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019) such as lifting 15-45 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds,reaching over shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4 hours) and standing (4 hours), repeated bending (2-4 hours), mental/emotional stability, cognitive stability, near and far vision with both eyes and depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and hearing (aid permitted)
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding 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.
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
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
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: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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).
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
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 04/25/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Jarreau Easterling Jarreau Easterling
Audie L Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital
7400 Merton Minter Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
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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.