U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$54,399.00 to $70,724.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$54,399 to $70,724 per year
Pay scale & grade
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.
The incumbent is under the supervision of the Assistant Chief Registered Respiratory Therapist and/or Respiratory Care Manager reporting through the Assistant Director of Nursing and Associate Chief Nurse Executive in the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine (DHSM). The incumbent works collaboratively with the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine. The skills required and services performed are in accordance with the guidelines established by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) and the policies and procedures of the Portland VA Health Care System.
The incumbent will be a Registered Respiratory Therapist that provides support to both the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Home Oxygen Program. The incumbent will have multiple clinical and technical responsibilities for conducting, reporting, and assuring high quality pulmonary studies. Required duties include appropriate and timely clinical evaluations of diagnostic pulmonary testing, supportive patient interaction, and education of adult Veteran patients. Additional primary duties include quality oversight, equipment calibration, equipment maintenance, oversight of inventory and communication with suppliers to maintain resources to support testing, training and education of Veteran patients, and performing as primary interface between providers, vendors and patients.
It is expected that the incumbent receives/requires very minimal direction from more experienced staff members and requires little direct supervision by the manager. Staff at the GS-8 level are to be able to assist others and act as a resource for less experienced personnel.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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The duties include, but are not limited to, the following activities performed under direction of a provider:
Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures with the use of medical gases, including carbon monoxide and administration devices: Diagnostic Pulmonary Function Testing, Six Walk Testing, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiologic Testing (VO2 MaxStudies), Home Oxygen Evaluations, Bronchial Provocation Testing, Pulmonary Shunt Studies
Work is primarily performed in the Outpatient Respiratory Department with occasional need to visit patients in their homes for the Home Oxygen Department
Extensive interaction with patients, physicians, residents, students, and visitors may be required
Moving Equipment and supplies, walking, lifting, bending, stooping and possible exposure to hazardous chemicals and bodily fluid is involved
Demonstrates knowledge and skill level of expertise required to perform diagnostic outpatient pulmonary services
Ability to monitor and evaluate patient performance during procedures
Ability to evaluate patient's response to therapy and recommend changes based on information obtained
Demonstrates proficiency in all clerical and administrative requirements including reporting, calibration documentation, infection control documentation, and appointment scheduling
Demonstrates ability and knowledge to calibrate and maintain equipment to meet manufacturer's specifications and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) standards
Demonstrates knowledge of when to contact Biomedical Engineering for additional assistance with calibration, maintenance and repair of Pulmonary Function Lab equipment
Demonstrates ability to lead educational trainings during routine lab meetings
Plans, provides and maintains a safe environment for staff, patients and families
Provides accurate and complete documentation of patient care delivered and response to therapy
Provides care according to established policies, procedures and protocols
Participates in departmental and organizational improvement activities
Interacts effectively with patients, physicians and all other members of the health care team
Recognizes changes in patient conditions and response appropriately
Recommends alternative patient testing procedures when appropriate
Completes assigned and delegated responsibilities within established timeframes
Demonstrates ability to plan and prioritize workload
Demonstrates cooperative interaction with co-workers
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 have a RRT Certificate
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.
Certificate - 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:
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.
Physical Standards: Must meet physical standards of the position as listed below
English Language Proficiency: RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: To be eligible for the GS-8 RRT, candidates must have all of the following:
(1) 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.
(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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard, can be found in local VA HR office.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs), Pushing (1 hour), Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4 hours), standing (4 hours), kneeling (1 hour), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability.
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.
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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.
Part-time experience is credited according to the relationship it bears to the full-time workweek (e.g., an RRT who worked 20 hours a week, i.e., halftime, would receive one full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service).
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
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
2) 10-2850c - 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
3) SF-50 is required with your application if you are a current employee of VA or any other Federal Agency. SF-50 (non-award) showing grade and step is required to be uploaded with your application in order for us to verify federal service. If SF-50 is not submitted, you will not be considered as a current federal employee.
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).
Veteran Disability Rating
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 04/30/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
BOBBIE KIRSCH BOBBIE KIRSCH
Portland VA Medical Center
3710 Southwest US Veterans Hospital Road
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