Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist- Clinical Educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Summary The Registered Respiratory Therapist- Clinical Educator is under the technical and administrative supervision of the Chief Respiratory Therapist in the Respiratory Care Services, the Medical Direction of the Chief of the Pulmonary Section, and the administrative supervision of the Chief Medical Services. Responsibilities The RRT-Clinical Educator is a Staff Educator, responsible for the overall educational program for the RRTs assigned to Medicine Service. The incumbent will be responsible for participating in the department's quality assurance program, especially with respect to identifying opportunities for improvement and developing quality and performance assessment tools. Staff Educators provide staff orientation and education on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to; evidence based respiratory practice, clinical guidelines, clinical procedures, protocols, equipment, research, emerging knowledge from publications, standards of care, regulatory standards and VHA directives. They plan comprehensive teaching and training programs. They develop formal curriculum and administer clinical training programs for staff working towards completion of credentials, lower level RRTs and other facility staff, including physicians. They are instructors for the overall facility education program. They develop and implement the respiratory education program, including new employee orientation, continuous education and ongoing competency assessment. They create education plans, develop training materials and tools, create competencies, provide training and ensure continuing education credits are available for staff. They may provide the education/training in a classroom setting, electronically, via simulation or using any other acceptable method. They evaluate employees' progress and performance during orientation, provide feedback to supervisors and recommend interventions and remediation if needed. They keep abreast of current practice through literature review Work Schedule: Monday-Friday Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist- Clinical Educator/PD92228O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoke and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7403. Grade Determinations: Registered Respiratory Therapist- Clinical Educator - GS-12 (a) Experience, Education, Licensure and Certification. Candidates must: Have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level. AND Hold a Bachelor of Science degree from a nationally accredited college or university in respiratory care, cardiopulmonary science or a health related field. AND Hold one of the education certifications for pulmonary disease for Patient Educator OR a certification for adult critical care specialist for Staff Educator. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. . In addition to the requirements above, candidates must demonstrate all the following KSAs: Knowledge of instructional techniques to educate respiratory therapists in proper performance of respiratory processes and procedures. Ability to educate individuals of varying backgrounds. Skill in training RRTs, other staff and/or patients/caregivers on existing and newly acquired equipment, therapies and medications. Ability to determine the continuing education needs of staff to identify appropriate resources to meet those needs. Ability to develop clinical policy, procedures, protocols, competencies and simulations relative to respiratory care. Registered Respiratory Therapist- GS-11 (a) 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. Hold an active license and RRT credential. (b) 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/141 Part II, Appendix G11 dated March 12, 2021 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS12. Physical Requirements: Considerable walking/standing may be required. Frequent lifting, positioning, pushing/pulling may be required when assisting with the transfer of patients or when moving equipment or supplies. Frequent, prolonged extensive or considerable sitting is often required. Manual dexterity and mobility is required. Moderate physical effort (ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds) may be occasionally required. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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