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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist in Prescott, Arizona

Summary The Registered Respiratory Therapist will be aligned under Acute Care Service at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS), Prescott, Arizona. The Registered Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for patient care areas within the hospital. Responsibilities Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures with the use of medical oxygen gas, and administration of oxygen delivering devices, humidification and aerosol therapy. Duties may include, but are not limited to: Administration of medication(s) to the pulmonary system and document each procedure electronically. Chest Physiotherapy (CPT) and bronchopulmonary drainage, cough and breathing exercises. CPAP/BiPAP Therapy and document in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Spirometry and documents in CPRS. Arterial puncture and blood gas (ABG) analysis, interpretation, and recommendation of therapy. Participate in maintaining and quality controls of ABG machines in accordance with CAP. Intubation of airway, using critical thinking skills, and recognizes changes in patients' condition & responds appropriately (Outof-Operating Room Airway Management - OOORAM Compliant). Recognize need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk. 24-hour Emergency Department coverage, attends all rapid response and code arrests. Ventilator set-up and management until transport team arrives. Familiarize self, provides care according to established policies, procedures and protocols. Initiates new therapy efficiently and accordance with policy. Reports problems following the departmental chain of command. Participates in orientation and training of new employees, students and other members of the healthcare team. Documents all medications administered and procedures performed in Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA), CPRS andEvent Capture. Patient/family education regarding testing or therapy. Follow HIPPA Guidelines regarding patient privacy and patient safety guidelines. Additional duties as needed, and as assigned by the Chief of Respiratory Care Services. Work Schedule: Night shift - weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized 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. 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 appointments 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. RTs must provide care only under the close supervision of an RRT. 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. The Human Resources (HR) Office staff will provide RTs, in writing, the requirement to 1) obtain their RRT credential; 2) the date by which the RRT credential must be acquired; and 3) the consequences for not becoming RRT credentialed by the deadline. The HR Office staff must provide the written notice to selectees prior to entrance on duty date and maintain a copy in the electronic Official Personnel Folder. 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). Grade Determinations: 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. Hold an active license and RRT credential. 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, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 50-100 lbs.). Prolonged extensive, or considerable standing/walking. Lifts, positions, pushes, and/or transfers patients. Assists with lifting and moving patients. Lifts supplies/equipment. Pushes/pulls or moves/lifts heavy equipment/supplies. Manual dexterity and mobility. Intermittent exertion when performing treatments. Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching. 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 Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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.

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