Veteran Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Conroe) in Conroe, Texas
Announcement Number: JP-16-APA-1791881-BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): Conroe, TX
Open Period: 2016-08-31 to 2016-09-14
OverviewWho May Apply
Open to current, permanent VA employees and Federal employees of other agencies.
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1791881
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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.
Must pass pre-employment examination
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
If you are not a permanent VA and/or Federal employee, please apply under JP-16-APA-1791671-BU
This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC's Conroe Outpatient Clinic located in Conroe, TX. Incumbent will perform radiologic procedures and examinations under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
·Receiving and interpreting requests and/or instructions for radiologic procedures;
·Securing confidence and cooperation of patients during examination procedures;
·Determining technical factors, setting the controls and operating radiographic equipment so the portion of the patient's body specified receives the correct calculated exposure;
·Recognizing and reporting the malfunctioning of equipment;
·Performs clerical duties such as recording radiographic exposures in Vista (CPRS) patient's chart, compiling work reports, identifying x-ray images and recording technical factors and materials used;
·Instructing, assisting, and critiquing student technologists' images, techniques, and positioning if multiple patient examinations;
In addition, secondary duties as Teleretinal imager to provide clinical care across traditional facility and service line boundaries to diabetic patients requiring routine eye evaluation to screen for the presence of diabetic eye disease include, but are not limited to:
·Responsible for the day to day operations of the Teleretinal Imaging clinic;
·Conduct specific observation and examination procedures perclinical protocol;
·Capture clinical quality digital images per clinical protocol, document collected information in the medical record (CPRS) and forward collected clinical information/images to a reading center for interpretation by a licensed independent eye care practitioner;
·Perform case management activities including case finding, provision of patient education, scheduling of appropriate follow up care based on all telehealth services including reading center recommendations and/or local clinical protocol, patient and provider notification of results, and coordination of additional clinical services as indicated;
·Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; may include extended hours and weekends
Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Certification. Certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
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.
GS-05 (Entry Level): None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-06 (Developmental Level): At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. In addition to this experience, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure.
Knowledge of anatomy and positioning.
Knowledge of all patient safety procedures.
Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment and
Ability to learn basic computer functions.
GS-07 (Advanced Developmental Level): At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. In addition to this experience, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system.
Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study.
Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures.
Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and CR readers and
Knowledge of PACS, and basic computer skills.
GS-08 (Full Performance Level): At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines.
Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed.
Knowledge of patient's medical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results.
Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed.
Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers.
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.
References:VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD dated June 26, 2014.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
Physical Requirements:Requires long periods of standing and walking up to 8 hours. Repeated bending, pushing/pulling, reaching above shoulders, use of both hands, twisting and carrying of moderately heavy articles weighing from 15-44 pounds. Near vision correctable at 13 inches to 16 inches Jaeger 1-4 and far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other is acceptable, mental and emotional stability.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Note: Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.
How To Apply InformationHow To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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 USAJOBS 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): ·Other (10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations) ·Resume ·SF-50 ·Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Cover Letter ·DD-214 ·OF-306 ·SF-15
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)
Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1791881.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regarding applicant notification pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.