Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist (Educator) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Summary The primary responsibilities and functions performed by the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)/Educator Therapist in the Cincinnati VA encompass diagnostic evaluation, assessment, care plan development and provision of respiratory care services to both inpatients and outpatients throughout the facility. The RRT/educator acts as educational liaison between Respiratory Care and other departments, clinical affiliates, and organizations. Responsibilities The primary duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)(Educator) position include: a. Demonstrates proficiency in all acute, sub-acute and critical care areas. b. Performs diagnostic evaluations such as: arterial blood gas interpretation, pulmonary function testing, sleep testing and overnight oximetry. c. Provides recommendations based on assessment of patient and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions. d. Develops a care plan encompassing all respiratory care interventions and education needed by an individual veteran, includes veteran in the planning process. e. Sets up and monitors complex respiratory care and diagnostic equipment such as invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilators and high flow systems. Titrates settings based on patient response. f. Performs assessment and airway care for veterans with artificial/altered airways in collaboration with nursing staff. g. Performs as a member of the CPR code team. h. Develops and implements an orientation program; performs literature search, develops orientation materials, and plans for new employees, coordinates learning activities and reports results to department leadership. i. Acts as a preceptor and performs competency assessments. j. Uses all available resources for teaching. k. Identifies weaknesses in new employees and provides corrective re-education. l. Observes clinical performance of staff, performs audits to identify need for improvements. m. Identifies clinical experts to act as appropriate preceptors and follows up with them regarding employee development. n. Mentors staff that express a desire or exhibit potential to teach. o. Coordinates educational activities with other departments (e.g., physicians, nurses, nurse educators, case managers, ancillary staff, etc.) as needed. p. Develops, prepares, and participates in respiratory therapy-related education provided to patients, caregivers, students, and hospital staff. q. Completes annual education needs assessment. r. Oversees ongoing validation of clinical competency (i.e., skills day). s. Maintains staff orientation and ongoing education records. t. Establishes a monthly education calendar. u. Assists staff with educational presentations and acts as first line reviewer of all staff presentation material. v. Applies for CEU credit when appropriate. w. Recommends corrective action plans for deficiencies found during surveys and audits and monitors for compliance. x. Assists in identifying, analyzing, and recommending new services, protocols, equipment, etc. to enhance the quality of services delivered/care provided. y. Participates on organizational committees as needed. z. Participates in development and updating of policies, procedures, protocols, templates, and order sets. aa. Recommends changes in policy and practice in response to changes in medical practice/evidence, procedures or equipment, Joint Commission, or other regulatory standards. bb. Participates in performance and continuous quality improvement initiatives and research activities. cc. Assists with outpatient Respiratory/Pulmonary programs as needed, such as Sleep/PAP, home oxygen, lung nodule tracking, pulmonary clinic. dd. Performs assessments for complex, and/or new respiratory care modalities. ee. Assists with completion of department paperwork/audits. ff. Participates in development of annual continuous quality improvement plan. gg. Provides additional, non-traditional, respiratory care services as determined by the Cincinnati VA and Respiratory Care department needs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service for requirements. 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: Registered Respiratory Therapist, GS-12 (Educator). (a) Experience, Education, Licensure and Certification. Candidates must: i. Have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level, ii. Hold a Bachelor of Science degree from a nationally accredited college or university in respiratory care, cardiopulmonary science or a health-related field and iii. 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: i. Knowledge of instructional techniques to educate respiratory therapists in proper performance of respiratory processes and procedures. ii. Ability to educate individuals of varying backgrounds. iii. Skill in training RRTs, other staff and/or patients/caregivers on existing and newly acquired equipment, therapies and medications. iv. Ability to determine the continuing education needs of staff to identify appropriate resources to meet those needs. v. Ability to develop clinical policy, procedures, protocols, competencies and simulations relative to respiratory care. References: VA Handbook 5005/141, Part II, Appendix G11. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. 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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