Registered Respiratory Therapist Job

Vacancy No. CBFF-10782898-20-KV Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $47,899.00 to $62,269.00 Grade 8 to 8
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/28/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
ANCHORAGE, AKBIRMINGHAM, ALMONTGOMERY, ALTUSCALOOSA, AL
TUSKEGEE, ALFAYETTEVILLE, ARLITTLE ROCK, ARNORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
PHOENIX, AZPRESCOTT, AZTUCSON, AZFRESNO, CA
LIVERMORE, CALOMA LINDA, CALONG BEACH, CALOS ANGELES, CA
MATHER, CAMENLO PARK, CAPALO ALTO, CASAN DIEGO, CA
SAN FRANCISCO, CAAURORA, COGRAND JUNCTION, CONEWINGTON, CT
WEST HAVEN, CTDISTRICT OF COLUMBIAWILMINGTON, DEBAY PINES, FL
GAINESVILLE, FLLAKE CITY, FLMIAMI, FLORLANDO, FL
TAMPA, FLWEST PALM BEACH, FLAUGUSTA, GADECATUR, GA
DUBLIN, GAHONOLULU, HIDES MOINES, IAIOWA CITY, IA
BOISE, IDCHICAGO, ILDANVILLE, ILHINES, IL
MARION, ILNORTH CHICAGO, ILFORT WAYNE, ININDIANAPOLIS, IN
MARION, INLEAVENWORTH, KSTOPEKA, KSWICHITA, KS
FORT THOMAS, KYLEXINGTON, KYLOUISVILLE, KYNEW ORLEANS, LA
PINEVILLE, LASHREVEPORT, LABEDFORD, MABOSTON, MA
BROCKTON, MABALTIMORE, MDPERRY POINT, MDAUGUSTA, ME
LEEDS, MEANN ARBOR, MIBATTLE CREEK, MIDETROIT, MI
IRON MOUNTAIN, MISAGINAW, MIMINNEAPOLIS, MNSAINT CLOUD, MN
COLUMBIA, MOKANSAS CITY, MOPOPLAR BLUFF, MOSAINT LOUIS, MO
BILOXI, MSJACKSON, MSFORT HARRISON, MTMILES CITY, MT
ASHEVILLE, NCDURHAM, NCFAYETTEVILLE, NCSALISBURY, NC
FARGO, NDGRAND ISLAND, NEOMAHA, NEMANCHESTER, NH
EAST ORANGE, NJLYONS, NJALBUQUERQUE, NMNORTH LAS VEGAS, NV
RENO, NVALBANY, NYBATAVIA, NYBATH, NY
BRONX, NYBROOKLYN, NYBUFFALO, NYCANANDAIGUA, NY
MONTROSE, NYNEW YORK, NYSYRACUSE, NYWAPPINGERS FALLS, NY
CHILLICOTHE, OHCINCINNATI, OHCLEVELAND, OHCOLUMBUS, OH
DAYTON, OHMUSKOGEE, OKOKLAHOMA CITY, OKPORTLAND, OR
ROSEBURG, ORWHITE CITY, ORALTOONA, PABUTLER, PA
COATESVILLE, PAERIE, PALEBANON PAPHILADELPHIA, PA
PITTSBURGH, PAKINGSTON, PASAN JUAN, PRPROVIDENCE, RI
CHARLESTON, SCCOLUMBIA, SCFORT MEADE, SDFORT MEADE
HOT SPRINGS, SDSIOUX FALLS, SDJOHNSON CITY, TNMEMPHIS, TN
MURFREESBORO, TNNASHVILLE, TNAMARILLO, TXBIG SPRING, TX
DALLAS, TXEL PASO, TXHARLINGEN, TXHOUSTON, TX
SAN ANTONIO, TXTEMPLE, TXSALT LAKE CITY, UTHAMPTON, VA
RICHMOND, VASALEM, VAWHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VTLAKEWOOD, WA
SEATTLE, WASPOKANE, WAVANCOUVER, WAWALLA WALLA, WA
MADISON, WIMILWAUKEE, WITOMAH, WIBECKLEY, WV
CLARKSBURG, WVHUNTINGTON, WVMARTINSBURG, WVCHEYENNE, WY
SHERIDAN, WY


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 03/28/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 8

  • Salary

    $47,899 to $62,269 per year

  • Appointment type

    Temporary - Not-to-exceed 120 days (may be extended if needed)

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules

Locations

158 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Anchorage County, AK
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Tuskegee, AL
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Little Rock, AR
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Fresno, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • Loma Linda, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Mather AFB, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Newington, CT
  • West Haven, CT
  • District of Columbia, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Bay Pines, FL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Lake City, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Augusta, GA
  • Decatur, GA
  • Dublin, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Boise, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Danville, IL
  • Hines, IL
  • Marion, IL
  • North Chicago, IL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Marion, IN
  • Leavenworth, KS
  • Topeka, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Fort Thomas, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Pineville, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Bedford, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Brockton, MA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Perry Point, MD
  • Augusta, ME
  • Leeds, ME
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Saint Cloud, MN
  • Columbia, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Jackson, MS
  • Fort Harrison, MT
  • Miles City, MT
  • Asheville, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Fargo, ND
  • Grand Island, NE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Manchester, NH
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Lyons, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Albany, NY
  • Batavia, NY
  • Bath, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Canandaigua, NY
  • Montrose, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Chillicothe, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Muskogee, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Portland, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • White City, OR
  • Altoona, PA
  • Butler, PA
  • Coatesville, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Wilkes Barre, PA
  • San Juan, PR
  • Providence County, RI
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Fort Meade, SD
  • Hot Springs, SD
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Big Spring, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso County, TX
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Temple, TX
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hampton, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Salem, VA
  • White River Junction, VT
  • Lakewood, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Tomah, WI
  • Beckley, WV
  • Clarksburg, WV
  • Huntington, WV
  • Martinsburg, WV
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Sheridan, WY
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

U.S. citizens.

Announcement number

CBFF-10782898-20-KV

Control number

564148300

  • Videos
    Videos

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/00ehNfVIhUA

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The Registered Respiratory Therapist will be assigned to interested facilities throughout VHA in support of COVID-19 operations and may be temporarily appointed (not-to-exceed 120 days) on an intermittent, part-time or full-time schedule in support of the VA facilities across the Nation.

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    Responsibilities

    The primary duties for this position include but are not limited to:

    • administers assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters;
    • administers and monitors advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure;
    • develops plans for weaning patients from ventilators;
    • assesses 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;
    • performs the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care;
    • provides in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care;functions as a consultant to the physicians in identifying appropriate procedures, techniques, or equipment for application to specific cases.

    Work Schedule: Varies based on facility needs
    Financial Discloser Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel - RRTs will be assigned to VA facilities within their local commuting area/self identified locations, unless need is expanded to other locations in which case PAs will be provided lodging, meals, travel and incidental expenses..

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0601 General Health Science

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
    Qualifications
    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.Preferred Experience: Ventilator-dependent patient care, home health experience, experience with patient/family and professional health education, experience with interdisciplinary health care terms, and advanced computer skills.
    • Minimum of one (1) year of experience as an RRT
    • Current BLS/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) card.

    Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. GS-8:(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, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard

    Physical Requirements: Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, inpatient and outpatient. Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors is involved. It may involve walking, standing, and bending, reaching and stretching to set-up and taking apart equipment, lifting and positioning patient and carrying, pushing or pulling moderate heavy objects (15-44 lbs).
    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.

    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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    BLS AND/OR ACLS CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for all staff providing direct patient care. Certification is required from an American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) approved course. This certification is a condition of employment. Certification should be considered in a similar manner as licensure is considered for a clinical professional. Staff should not let certification expire.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

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

    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume


    VA Form 10-2850c 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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • Other
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • 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.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    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 09/30/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10782898.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

    Agency contact information VHA National Recruitment Center VHA National Recruitment Center
    Address

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    24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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