A recruitment/relocation incentive of up to $5,000 is authorized for Highly qualified applicants for a two year service agreement. Pulmonary services are under the Primary Care & Specialty Medicine Integrated Care Community at the Fargo VA HCS. Pulmonary services are located at the main facility and pulmonary staff report directly to the Supervisory Registered Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary/Sleep Lab and function under the clinical supervision of the Pulmonologist. 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. 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. Education. Individuals must have successfully completed a respiratory care program accredited by the CoARC or its successor. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The accrediting body for respiratory programs at colleges and universities. Licensure. Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a full, current and unrestricted license from a state to practice as an RRT. Credential. Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a valid, current, unrestricted credential of RRT. Exception. RT positions will be designated only to individuals who are in the process of obtaining credentials to become an RRT. These individuals will only be hired on a temporary appointment as provided below. VHA may waive the RRT credential requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified and pending completion of prerequisites for RRT credential. Individuals who have successfully completed a respiratory care program accredited by the CoARC or its successor, acquired the CRT credential, are fully licensed by their state and are working toward completion of their RRT credential may be given a temporary appointment as an RT. The temporary appointment is made under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7401(a)(1)(B) for a period not to exceed one year from date of employment. Candidates must hold an active, current, full and unrestricted RRT credential and be licensed to hold a position at or above the GS-07 level. RTs may only be temporarily appointed at the GS-05 level and may not be promoted/converted to a higher-level position as an RRT until the RRT credential is received. Temporary RT appointments may not be extended beyond one year or converted to a new temporary appointment. Failure to Obtain Credential. In all cases, RTs must actively pursue meeting national prerequisites for the RRT credential from the first day of their appointment. Failure to become credentialed within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0601 RT series and may result in termination of employment. Loss of Licensure, Certification or Credentials. An employee in this occupation, who fails to maintain the required certifications, RRT credential or license must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in the termination of employment. Once credentialed, licensed or certified, RTs/RRTs must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted license, credential and certification to practice respiratory care. English Language Proficiency. RTs/RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment outlined previously, all individuals referred and assigned to this occupation must meet all the qualification requirements and KSAs defined in the specific assignments. Creditable Experience. Experience is only creditable if credentialed as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or RRT, the experience is in respiratory care, pulmonary function testing or polysomnography and directly related to the position being filled. To be creditable, the candidate's experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) associated with current practice in paid employment as a CRT or RRT. Registered Respiratory Therapist, GS-11 Experience, Licensure and Credential. Candidates must have: One year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level which includes: Performing therapeutic modalities related to respiratory care. Collaboratively consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals to help provide favorable patient outcomes. Assessing oxygenation and ventilation. Performing airway management to include artificial airways and mechanical ventilation. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the requirements above, candidates must demonstrate all the following KSAs: Ability to collaboratively consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals for complex respiratory care to develop care plans to provide favorable patient outcomes. Skill in evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic modalities. Skill in performing advanced airway and ventilation management. Preferred Experience: NBRC RRT, ACLS/ALS, BLS References: VA Handbook 5005/141 PART II APPENDIX G11 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 7 to GS 11. Physical Requirements: In the role of respiratory therapist, the work requires some physical exertion such as prolonged periods of standing, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, stretching, and moving moderately heavy equipment or assisting patients. The work requires the employee to demonstrate agility and dexterity. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Major Duties: The Registered Respiratory Therapist is responsible for the delivery of the entire spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic respiratory therapy services in a safe and competent manner. Safely and accurately initiates mechanical ventilation and makes suggestions on advanced modes of therapy Manages non-invasive ventilation. Performs advanced airway management. Recognizes the need for emergency measures in the most critically ill patient and performs accordingly Demonstrates competency in artificial airway management Accurately verifies orders and acts in a timely matter and consults with providers and other healthcare professionals to deliver high quality care Utilized patient assessment skills when monitoring for abnormalities Performs various tests and procedures to measure and calculate respiratory function Operation and maintenance of the blood gas machines, ability to perform and document equipment calibration and quality control as indicated in the pulmonary section ABG lab policy. Operation of all respiratory equipment and is the subject matter expert for the rest of the facility. Work Schedule: To be discussed during interviews Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified applicants Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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