Registered Respiratory Therapist
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2020 Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This includes registration based on either:(1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, OR Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974. English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: 2 Years of Experience Grade Determinations:GS-08: At least 1 year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care. And You must possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position listed below: Demonstrated knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G11 Registered Respiratory Therapist The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. Physical Requirements: The tasks of this position generally require, walking, sitting, standing, and occasional crouching or kneeling. Moderate lifting is required to move equipment throughout Medical Center locations. Considerable manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination are continuously required during cardiopulmonary procedures. This includes continuous observation of a computer screen. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation demands coordination and stamina.