Registered Respiratory Therapist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 8/05/2019
Description As part of the Health Care Team, the Respiratory Therapist/Pulmonary Function Technologist provides diagnostic and therapeutic respiratory care to the Veterans. The individual is responsible for assisting the Therapist Director of Respiratory Care Services and or designee in the day to day operation of the pulmonary function laboratory (PFT Lab).Learn more about this agencyThe incumbent is credentialed by National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Certified (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Candidates with an NBRC Specialty Certificate in Pulmonary Function Technology (CPFT) are preferred, but not required. The incumbent shall have demonstrable practical experience in pulmonary function testing and one year of experience as a working registered (GS-8) or Certified (GS-7) respiratory therapist or equivalent.

The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible in performing diagnostic pulmonary function studies, which include spirometry with and without a bronchodilator, diffusion studies, lung volume measurements, and bronchial challenge testing. Additionally, responsible for and arterial blood gas sampling; assist Occupational Health in performing spirometry to qualifying new employee(s) for N95 Respirator Mask N95 fit testing.

The incumbent shall have the knowledge of pulmonary disease which include pulmonary function testing (understanding and application of ATS Standards), equipment troubleshooting and compliance software operation. This includes the operation of the devices. Knowledge and application of Oxygen Therapy which includes arterial blood gases and pulse oximetry. How to work and function in the Medical Center in a safe manner including infection control and the correct operation of equipment, and must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).

Supervisory Controls: The incumbent is under the supervision of the Therapist Director of Respiratory Care Services or designee. They review completed work for results achieved and for conformance to department policies and requirements. At the GS-0601-08 level the Therapist Director of Respiratory Care Services places considerable reliance on the respiratory therapists' knowledge of complex procedures, and completed work is evaluated for technical soundness, appropriateness and conformity to policy. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes. The incumbent is under the administrative supervision of the Therapist Director or designee and medical supervision of the Chief Section of Pulmonary Medicine.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/20/2019.

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.
  • Has a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC and a registry number, or a certificate from another body that the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent.
  • Applicant must possess one year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent.
  • Must have demonstrated expert knowledge of respiratory therapy methods, equipment, and procedures, and the ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate programs involving Pulmonary respiratory care.
  • Be a Polysomnography Technologists Certified or Registry (CRPST / RPSGT) through BRPT.
  • Meet the physical standards outlined in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. This will be evidenced by completion of a pre-employment physical.
  • As this a direct patient care position, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) selected must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is Required.
  • High level of Experience in all operations of Windows XP, Proficient User of word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System.
Preferred Experience:

Grade Determinations: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service performing ALL of the following:

(1) At least one 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 inventilator 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 plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005, April 15, 2002 Part II Appendix G11 Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Full Performance Level: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-08.

Physical Requirements: A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Applicants must have the mental and physical ability to perform core privileges required by the specialty position in addition to any specialty privileges requested.

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