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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist (PAP Coordinator) in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary Respiratory Therapist with full responsibility as a Program Coordinator. Addition to direct patient respiratory & related care the Coordinator plans, organizes, coordinates and evaluates specific outpatient program areas. RT is under the technical/administrative supervision of the Respiratory Therapy Supervisor in the Respiratory Care Svs, the Medical Direction of the Chief of Pulmonary Section and the administrative supervision of the Associate Chief of Staff for Primary & Specialty Medicine. Responsibilities Duties include but not limited to: Contributes ideas, plans and information to improve outpatient respiratory services. Performs outpatient and inpatient appointments covering all facets of respiratory care. Manages the PAP clinic areas which includes oversight of compliance activities at VA Central Iowa HCS. Will have some supervisory responsibilities within the Pap clinics. Oversees development and operation of a PAP issuance and compliance program and clinic. This includes making recommendations on equipment and policies for the program and training staff as needed. Reviews workload and forecasts future demand. Develops and monitors continuous improvement processes. Has administrative accountability for PAP clinic equipment & software and PAP clinic supplies. Works hands on in the sleep/PAP Clinics performing all pertinent duties. a. Develops and participates in continuing in-service education programs for departmental employees. Attends and participates in professional meetings and workshops to develop an awareness of new techniques and procedures. Upon approval, independently experiments with alternate and revised methods and procedures to improve techniques. Aids in the development and regular review of policies and procedures; ensures that this program remains in compliance with existing VA policy and regulations and JCAHO standards. Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all the program activities through standard and innovative techniques. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Telework: Ad Hoc only Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist (PAP Coordinator)/PD000000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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. 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. (a) 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. (b) 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. (c) RTs must provide care only under the close supervision of an RRT. (d) Temporary RT appointments may not be extended beyond one year or converted to a new temporary appointment. 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). Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and range of variety and must be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. This assignment is designated as an RRT Program Coordinator, who oversees the administrative and clinical aspects of a major specialty program at complexity level 1 and 2 facilities only. Programs managed may include, but are not limited to; home oxygen, home ventilators, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) clinic, pulmonary procedure lab, sleep/positive airway pressure (PAP) clinic. RRTs may supervise and administratively manage employees assigned to their program(s) by providing leadership, direction, orientation, in-service training and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They perform analytical studies and interpret results to improve operations. They conduct all phases of service delivery, program resources and fiscal management. RRTs coordinate daily operations, develops and maintains policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility and Veterans Integrated Service Network use. They conduct a variety of audits, including clinical practice audits to evaluate operations and productivity and to ensure appropriate documentation of therapy, procedure, clinical outcomes and patient safety. They assist in determining quality and compliance data to be collected and investigates problems related to quality and quantity of work and operating effectiveness and recommends needed action. They make recommendations for program improvement and expansion based on research and emerging knowledge. They represent the department at interdisciplinary meetings. Grade Determinations: (9) Registered Respiratory Therapist, GS-12. (a) Experience, Licensure and Credential. Candidates must: i. Have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level, which includes: Collaboratively consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals for complex respiratory care to develop care plans to provide favorable patient outcomes. Evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic modalities. Performing advanced airway and ventilation management. AND ii. Hold an active license and RRT credential. The following certifications are preferred but not required: a. Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist b. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate issued AARC c. AE-C awarded by the NAECB d. COPD Educator course offered by the AARC AND (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the requirements above, candidates must demonstrate all the following KSAs: i. Ability to develop policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures. ii. Ability to implement policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures. iii. Ability to maintain policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures. iv. Ability to make recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures. v. Ability to perform complex analytical studies of patient care. vi. Ability to interpret results to coordinate the management and evaluation of patient care. vii. Ability to coordinate the work of subordinate staff. viii. Ability to manage all aspects of a complex patient care program including day-to-day operation, training program resources and fiscal management. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to clearly demonstrate your experience in your application package may result in disqualification. All applicants are encouraged to submit responses to each Knowledge, Skill, and Ability (KSA) on a separate document. References: VA Handbook 5005/141, Part II, Appendix G11 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019 Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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: 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: Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.