Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 8/12/2019
Description The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System performs a vital role in our Critical Care Units to support the mission of the Veterans Health Administration in providing quality care for our nations Veterans1. Provide respiratory care to patients in critical care as outlined in the Policy and Procedure Manual.
2. Maintain credentials under the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
3. Operate and Monitor medical equipment or instruments in connection with a variety of established treatment procedures.
4. Exhibit caring and professional demeanor to staff, patients and their family members.
5. Deliver mechanical ventilation, tracheal suctioning, miscellaneous emergency actions, obtain blood gas samples, document all assigned work performed.
6. Disassemble, clean, sterilize, calibrate, test, and reassemble medical equipment.

Work Schedule: Rotating Tours (Days, Nights, Weekends Holidays) Tours of duties are rotated to meet patient care needs
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/27/2019.
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.
  • Registration through the NB
  • Meet the physical requirements of the position
  • Proficiency in English

Grade Determinations: At the GS-08 Level the candidate must possess ALL of the following:

1. Possess at least 1 year of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Government. Required experience includes, but is not limited to, duties of the following nature: Administration of assisted and controlled ventilation for patients with tracheotomies, administration and monitoring of advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; development and exercising plans for weaning patients from ventilators, chest x-rays. and electrocardiograms;
2. Possess experience in performing complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision;
3. Demonstrate experience in providing emergency and critical respiratory care, have served as a shift leader or supervisor, or sole respiratory therapist on shift, and have planned & conducted training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients and their family members

References: VA Handbook 5005; Part II, Appendix G11

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); light carrying (15 lbs or less); use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13' to 16'; Hearing (without aid); Depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors.

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