Registered Respiratory Therapist (Sleep Therapy)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Wilkes Barre, PA

Posted Date 6/30/2020
Description The incumbent, is responsible for the assessment of the patient and performance of diagnostic studies as well as the delivery of direct patient-centered care during his/her tour of duty. The responsibilities include the demonstration of competent and professional clinical practice and delivery of care through established standards of care to patients in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, 4E, Ward 9, Community Living Center and clinics.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following activities and are performed under the direction of a health care provider:- Responsible to understand, interpret and comply with Acute Care Service Line - Outpatient policies and must comply with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) Standards of Conduct, as well as all applicable laws and regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.- Maintains files of all sleep monitoring studies/patient reports performed according to JCAHO, AASM and AAST standards.- Demonstrates the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.- Documentation in the electronic patient record will be done in a timely manner and will clearly state events that occurred during sleep monitoring studies/patient reports as demonstrated through audit.- Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with VA Policies and Procedures.- Collaborates with management to develop and maintain a productive work environment and positive working relationship by, conducting daily activities, communications and interactions in a cooperative, positive, courteous and professional manner.- Consistently maintains complete confidentially of all medical, financial, employees, computer or other sensitive material, which may jeopardize the privacy of others.- Submits sleep monitoring studies and provide a diagnostic and therapeutic analysis reports in preparation for review to the appropriate pulmonary physician. Assures completed results are filed following physician interpretations.- Responsible to understand, interpret and comply with Acute Care Service Line - Outpatient and VAMC hospital policies, as well as all applicable laws and regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.

Work Schedule: Monday-Sunday, weekends, holidays, evenings and nights to include rotating shifts.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/07/2020

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • 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: Candidates must have all of the following to qualify for this position: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.

Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary with the occasional need to roll or lift patients.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.

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