The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) provides care based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety and related criteria, appropriate to the age 9f the patients served in his/her assigned area. This entails knowledge of human growth and development; ability to assess and interpret age specific data and provide age specific care; communication skills necessary to interpret age specific response to treatment; and ability to involve family in decision making related to plan of care.
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The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical is seeking a Regisitered Respiratory Therapist Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Perform mechanical ventilator management, Bi-pap and respiratory monitoring. The therapist under emergency conditions may be required to independently provide adjustments to machines in conjunction with blood gas studies and ventilator data;
- Perform arterial blood gas studies as well as Pulse Oximetry, interpretation and analysis. Documenting results in computer and communicating with physician on critical values, making necessary changes to correct as needed. Performs daily quality control and maintenance in compliance with College of American Pathologist (CAP) requirements on ABG analyzer presently utilized by this facility;
- Set up and checks equipment, administers respiratory medication for aerosol treatment as ordered by the physicians/or by patient driven protocols, charts treatment, response and progress. Evaluates as needed and documents Respiratory status. Communicates with physician of any adverse effects;
- Perform inventory of respiratory equipment and maintains adequate stock of equipment;
- Educates patients in various clinical situations including sleep apnea; CP AP with consultation from physician, applies proper fitting of mask, head gear, and setting of pressures in concordance to sleep studio requirements. Documents follow up and evaluates as needed in compliance with JCAHO. Evaluates, documents, and educates patients whom fit the criteria for Home Oxygen/or Nebulization Therapy reevaluating as needed per JCAHO requirements;
- Perform emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintains adequate airways, measures ventilator volumes, pressures and flows of patients requiring critical care. Airway management may consist of intubation (nasotracheal and oral), management of airway by suctioning nasally, orally, and via tracheotomy. Therapist is responsible for routine trach changes throughout hospital and nursing home facility;
- Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Work schedule is variable.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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.
- United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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
(2) 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).
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: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
GS-8. Candidates must have all of the following:
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) 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
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.
Physical Requirements: On a regular and recurring basis the employees must be physically and mentally able to perform essential job functions which require significant standing, walking, lifting and pushing, plus the ability to handle varying levels of stress in a positive manner.
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/xqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst. 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.