Registered Respiratory Therapist NTE 2 Years

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Coatesville, PA

Posted Date 12/03/2019

This position is located in the Respiratory Care Section of Chief of Staff. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Supervisory Respiratory Therapist, and/or designee, is expected to be a positive role model, display courtesy, professionalism and proficiency in the performance of assigned Respiratory Care Services.

Performs all phases of Respiratory Therapy throughout this Medical Center.
  • Administers medication via mini neb treatments, performs CPR, Airway management (including bag-valve mask use, oral and nasal airway insertion, LMA insertion, endotracheal intubation), tracheal aspiration, postural drainage, Chest Physical Therapy, PEP therapy, 6-minute walk testing, pulse oximetry monitoring, oxygen therapy, as well as other respiratory therapy as prescribed by a physician or other healthcare provider.
  • Sets up BIPAP and CPAP equipment as prescribed by provider.
  • Draws arterial blood gasses from radial and brachial site. Analyzes arterial blood gas specimens and reports to ordering provider in a timely manner.
  • Educates patients on proper use of respiratory therapy treatments, including but not limited to mini-nebs, CPAP/BIPAP machines, Incentive Spirometry, etc.
  • Completes Pulmonary Function Testing, maintains the PFT machine, and calibrates the PFT machine. Prints or transmits test results and readies them for physician interpretation.
  • Is competent is completing EKG's and Holter Monitor studies.
  • Inspects, cleans and tests all Respiratory equipment as needed to insure proper operating conditions.
  • Understands the advantages and limitations of each type of Respiratory Therapy equipment and can speak about its use and therapeutic technique.
  • Enforces all safety rules, infection control measures.
  • Knows contraindications to treatment (utilizing AARC clinical practice guidelines).

Work Schedule: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. (Rotating shifts depending on the needs of the service)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/23/2019.
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.
  • 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)
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Grade Determinations:
GS-08: Candidates must have all of the following:

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.

Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package.
1. - 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.

2.- 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11 , REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPISTQUALIFICATION STANDARD.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS08.

Physical Requirements:
Moderate Lifting (15-44 Lbs.); Moderate Carrying (15-44 Lbs.); Straight Pulling (up to 2 hour);Pushing (6 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (6 hours); Standing (6 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far Vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability

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