This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT to establish an applicant pool to fill vacancies more quickly as they occur. Eligible applications will be reviewed for consideration as vacancies occur, but no sooner than 15 business days after the opening date of the announcement. This position is located in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services (PM&RS) Pain Clinic. DRTs perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. 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. English Language Proficiency. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology. 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. 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: GS-8 (Full Performance Level). Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. (b) Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed. (c) Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results. (d) Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed.(e) Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers. (f) Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level must be qualified to independently provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services with only occasional oversight or direction for highly complex issues. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 dated December 13, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. Physical Requirements: The individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, standing up to 6 hours, wearing PPE (Lead Apron) up to 6 hours, bending, transferring. stooping, stretching, walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. A health examination must be successfully complete prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic policy. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: - Primary responsibilities within PMRS/pain clinic procedure suites, to include operation of Fluoroscopy C-Arm, Entering Patient Data, Augmenting procedures with physician/nurse providers, Operation of PACS system, saving and uploading images to PACS, Recording of Radiation exposure data, follow up with radiation exposure Dosimeter, assist turning over of procedure room between procedures, Team player for Veteran Centric Care. - Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the Physician for the purpose of performing exams. - Helps maintain effective control of the PM&RS pain department by coordinating, organizing and executing the work potential to expedite workflow patterns within the department. Performs all diagnostic procedures to include all administrative duties associated with each. Validates all images prior to transmitting them to VistA to be interpreted by the professional staff. - Keeps abreast of technological advances in the fields of Radiology. Successful completion of all required educational classes and successfully receives all Continuing Education Units (CEU'S) as governed by the ARRT, to maintain an active status with the ARRT Society. - Responsible for explaining exams to competent patients in terms the patient will comprehend as well as understanding potential hazards that may occur as a result of the exam. Depending on procedure can recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. -Interviews patient obtaining pertinent medical history, explaining to competent patients the rationale of procedures and instructions on how to complete the procedure. - Performs Diagnostic procedures on a high volume of patients to include outpatients, inpatients. and procedures performed with C-arms in the operating room and pain clinic as well as portable exams. - Assists in training volunteers working within the department. -Responsible to the physician and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs. - Receives and interprets all PM&Rs pain clinic applicable requests. Inputs pertinent information into computer. - Interacts with patients in a manner that is appropriate to the patient's age, physical and emotional condition. Answers all questions about exams to reduce patient anxiety. Demonstrates courtesy and respect of patients, family members, fellow employees, including volunteers, students, and other co-workers in the work environment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm (Subject to change based on needs of the agency) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.