Registered Respiratory Therapist (Home Respiratory Care Program)


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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans.
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    As a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), under the supervision of the Section Chief/Supervisor of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Services and coordination of the Program/Team Leader, you will be expected to display proficiency and to perform at a level of excellence in the Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Service arena. The services you will provide are performed in accordance with the guidelines established by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), and policies and procedures of James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. The protocol and procedures are established for the treatment, management, evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. The services include, but are not limited to the following activities performed under a provider:
    • Work is primarily performed in outpatient clinics and patient homes, SNF's, ALF's and HBPC.
    • Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, care givers and visitors involved.
    • Out-patient areas will be covered on all and extended duty days.
    • Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures with the use of medical gases and administration devices, humidification and aerosols.
    • Administration of medication to the cardiopulmonary system.
    • Ventilatory support, including maintenance and management of life support systems, and the patient/ventilator interface.
    • Bronchopulmonary drainage and breathing exercises.
    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Code Blue).
    • Insertion and maintenance of airways.
    • Patient/family education.
    • Recognition of the need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk.
    Travel: Required to maintain their driver's license for Home Medical Equipment (HME) and Clinical Respiratory Service (CRS) and per JAHVA requirements and insurance (to include maintain travel log, monthly inspection of emergency bag, and ensure car maintenance). The RRT practices professionally, must be reliable, able to work independently and be self-motivated. The RRT is responsible for performing job duties in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital.

    Please Note: As a Registered Respiratory Therapist, you may be required to rotate through other areas as needed. Please refer to the following job announcement to see the descriptions of the positions: RRT (Clinic) ; RRT (In-Patient or SCI/Polytrauma) .

    Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm, or other approved tours or compressed work schedules. Staff will take On-Call as required. Staff will rotate weekends and holidays as needed.

    Functional Statement Title/#: Functional Statement for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Services (RC&DS), GS-0601-08/F-1099

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Who May Apply This job is open to… US Citizens and Status Candidates
    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    0601 General Health Science

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements 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

    Physical Requirements: ?Work is primarily performed in all patient care areas (in-patient and outpatient). All Respiratory Therapists will have extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors. The Respiratory Therapist is expected to be able to move lift, bend, and stoop while performing duties with equipment, supplies, and patients. Ability to handle varying levels of stress in a positive manner. All Respiratory Therapists must be able to perform the following physical requirements:
    • Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over
    • Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over
    • Pushing
    • Reaching above shoulder
    • Use of fingers/ Both hands required
    • Walking/ Standing /Kneeling
    • Repeated bending
    • Climbing, legs only Both legs required
    • Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
    • Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4
    • Both eyes required
    • Ability to distinguish basic colors
    • Hearing without aid

    Participation in seasonal influenza program may be required.

    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    Qualifications
    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
    • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
    • 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.
    • 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:

    GS-08 Level: To be qualified for the GS-08 level, candidates must have all of the following:
    • At least one year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-07 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 3-5 years RRT Experience in Home Care and Out-Patient Clinics including Home Ventilation.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD.
    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.

    Education
    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 .

    Additional information

    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.

    United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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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.

    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.

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume


    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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript


    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
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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 12/31/2018 to receive consideration.
  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

  • NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Agency contact information Felipe Rivas-Cortes

    Phone
    (813) 972-2000 X6407
    Email
    Felipe.Rivas-Cortes@va.gov

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    James A Haley Veterans Hospital
    13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33612
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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/489950800 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted
09/18/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Tampa, FL, US