Veteran Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT/Routines/Fluoroscopy (R/F)) in San Antonio, Texas
Announcement Number: VHA-671-16-JMH-1775698BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): San Antonio, TX
Open Period: 2016-08-12 to 2016-12-30
OverviewWho May Apply
United States Citizens
Excepted Service Permanent
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1775698
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?
These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
This Job announcement is an open continuous job announcement which will be used to collect applications from applicants and fill vacant positions as they become available.
To ensure continued interest and availability, your application is only valid for 6 months (180 days) or until the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first.
You will receive an email notification to remind you to re-verify your continued interest.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
This position combines both the duties of Routines/Fluoroscopy (R/F) and Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) for South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS).Incumbent is the designated radiology technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations, fluoroscopic x-ray procedures as well as CT scans for the STVHCS which may include the Kerrville Division, North Central Federal Clinic, and Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic as needed.She/he will be expected to work various tours of duty (days, weekends, evenings, nights) with possible on-call tours and will be subject to a rotating holiday schedule.In addition to performing routine and fluoroscopic studies, incumbent will be required to perform emergency CT scans during specified irregular tours of duty.These exams are performed with and without The use of contrast materials.The purpose of the exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment may be effectuated.The incumbent works under the direction of the Radiology Work Leader and under the supervisor of the Chief Technologist.She/he works independently on most exams, but confers with radiologists and supervisor on more difficult problems and is expected to maintain current ARRT registrations.
Tour of Duty: This announcement will be utilized to fill more than one position and the tour of duty and shift is to be determined on a case-by-case basis. This may including a day shift tour, swing shift and/or evening tour of duty, and/or may also include working weekends and/or holidays.
Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Routines/Fluoroscopy), 000000
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
·Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
·Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) andMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.
·Experience or EducationCompletion 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 accreditedby the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
·Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.
·Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (R) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate DRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.This may result in termination of employment.
·English Language Proficiency.Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
·Physical Requirements: Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical. See VA Directive Handbook 5019.
Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice.To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current radiologic technology practice.This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.
Quality of Experience.Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified above.Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
Part-Time Experience.Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time work week.For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09 LEVEL:
Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently.DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures.Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level.
Note: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1.Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;
2.Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;
3.Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;
4.Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;
5.Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and
6.Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
CERTIFICATION IN COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT), CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR), AND BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST VA Qualification Standard; VA Handbook 5005/77, Transmittal Sheet, June 26, 2014, QUALIFICATION STANDARD; http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Direct_Hand.htm
VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).
Physical Requirements: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Functional Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), Use of fingers with both hands, walking (4 hours) and Standing (4 hours) with both legs, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and Emotional Stability required.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
How To Apply InformationHow To Apply
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 30, 2016
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 1775698. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 30, 2016.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes: CV or Resume.VA Form 10-2850c - Applicationfor Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).Occupational QuestionnaireIf prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf). If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.