This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Applicants 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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 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. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable. Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist. Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from [other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and7407(d). General Radiologic Technology (R). DRTs perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. All DRTs must be knowledgeable in computerized [and digital radiography (CR/DR),] and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: [Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist], GS-9 Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients References: VA Handbook 5005/119 PART II APPENDIX G25 II-G25-1 APPENDIX G25. DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0647 The full performance level of this vacancy is 09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-09 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, 1-4 hours; Standing, 1-4 hours; Repeated bending, 1-2 hours; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability ["Positions the patient within the hybrid operating room, monitors patient during all phases of appropriate examination(s) and removes patient from the respected system(s) upon completion of imaging acquisition(s). Ensures that adequate quantities of Endovascluar/\"specials\" supplies are available to meet workload demands through a systemized process of ordering, receipt and inventory. Assures that the hybrid operating room is stocked with necessary supplies at all times with special attention to emergent equipment and supplies. Technologists' working in the hybrid operating room interprets and directs the most difficult requests to the attending physician. Vascular Radiology procedures are extremely difficult requiring close consultation with an attending physician. Trains new technologists, residents and fellows in digital angiography, venograms, spine guidance, and other special procedures. Participates in the evaluation of new employees. Performs neuroangiography, including spine, head and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. Performs cardiac, peripheral, and visceral angiography of the coronary arteries, ascending aorta, arch, descending thoracic aorta as well as abdominal systems and extremities i.e. renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, endovascular, etc. Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps'; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education. Works with the surgeons/interventional cardiologists as a member of the operating room team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the proceduralists and the performance of the procedure. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter and guide wire sizes and configurations, etc. In the hybrid OR, administers contrast media and medications under the direction and supervision of the proceduralist(s) and anesthesiologist. Confers with the proceduralist(s) to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiological monitoring to perform the procedure(s). The technologist(s) is available to assist and scrub with the proceduralist during the procedure on an as needed basis. The technologist(s) is competent to start IVs and well versed in starting IV in difficult patients, as needed. Must be familiar with the risks of administering contrast material for endovascular exams, including soft tissue extravasation, and allergic reaction. Must document radiation exposure/dose. Cancels exams that are not utilized and indicates reason why. Performs technical and general operation and maintenance of the computer, disk drives, console, imaging devices, etc. Assists manufacture and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of any malfunctions in all equipment associated with the hybrid room Imaging Devices CPR/BLS certification is required and recertification in according with American Heart Association guidelines. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. Ensures compliance to all VA/Local Guidelines and Policy on RME and Infection Control at all levels. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. Performs irregular hour emergency procedures on-call, coverage and is required to participate in part of Call-Back, for the hybrid OR. While on call, communicates and cooperates with attending physician or surgery resident/fellow to provide accurate and efficient radiographic imaging (IR) to requesting clinical service. Continually reviews new developments in the field of angiography and computerized Radiology. Must be registered and current with ARRT. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday: 7AM - 4:30PM\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Please contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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