Veteran Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Special Procedures/Angiography/Routines/Fluoroscopy) in San Antonio, Texas
Announcement Number: VHA-671-16-JMH-1784616BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): San Antonio, TX
Open Period: 2016-08-23 to 2016-09-12
OverviewWho May Apply
United States Citizens
Excepted Service Permanent
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1784616
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 candidates 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.
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 is for a Special Procedures Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) for South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS).These duties will require weekly rotations between Interventional Radiology Suite, OR Hybrid Suite and Routine Diagnostic Radiology.She/he will be subject to rotational on-call duty for the Special Procedures/Angiography/Vascular Surgery and OR Hybrid room section during irregular tours of duty, weekends, and holidays.The incumbent performs her/his assigned shift, coordination work flow, determining priority of examinations and ensuring workload completion.She/he will perform a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic radiographic examinations such as routine difficult and complex studies in department, OR Hybrid room as well as the wards/units.She/he will receives patients, explains the method of procedures, positions patients, selects and sets technical factors, sets up and adjusts accessory equipment required an makes exposures necessary for the requested procedure.The incumbent works under the direction of the Interventional Radiology Supervisor 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.
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.
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 accreditedby the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
English Language Proficiency.DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Credentialing Standards.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.
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:
Advanced DRT.Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced 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.The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
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 VASCULAR INTERVENTIAL (VI), 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 : VA Handbook 5005/77, DIAGNOSTIC RADILOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 26, ,2014.
VA Handbook 5005 at http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Direct_Hand.htm
(Note: If searching for the qualification standard for this position, please refer/use the link above and scroll down to 5005/77 (Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard).
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.
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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 Monday, September 12, 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: 1784616. 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 Monday, September 12, 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.