This position is located in Therapeutic & Diagnostic Imaging (TDI) at the Dayton VA Medical Center and is directly supervised by Supervisor/Chief Therapist of Radiation Oncology Section. Incumbent performs technical work in support of Radiation Oncology under the direction of a physician.Learn more about this agency
ResponsibilitiesDelivers prescribed therapeutic radiation for the purpose of cancer and abnormal cell growth treatments These treatments are performed by utilizing a Linear Accelerator. The Radiation Therapist is a vital member of the health care team in the Radiation Oncology Department individuals responsible for administering, monitoring, and documenting the prescribed course of treatment from the radiation oncologist. In the Radiation Oncology department, the Radiation Therapist are required to have knowledge and skills to operate diverse modalities. The equipment; Linear accelerator with on board imaging(OBI) for treatment and localization, n C CT Scanner for CT/ Simulations, Block cutter for custom electron blocks, Aria for recording and verifying treatment information and eclipse for treatment planning.
- Independently Apply ionizing radiation to the patient in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the radiation oncologist.
- Monitor, and document the radiation treatment prescribed by the radiation oncologist.
- Provide patient care by responding to patients' physical psychological, and emotional needs during the course of treatment.
- Utilize the principles of tumor localization in planning and simulation of the treatment course.
- Position patients accurately for radiation therapy treatments.
- Establish a respectful, effective working relationship with the physicians, nurses, social workers, Chaplin and other health care providers in the interdisciplinary management of cancer in order to minimize the emotional effects of cancer and its treatment on our patients.
- Maintain daily quality assurance records and regularly inspect the treatment machines to ensure safe, efficient, high quality patient care. Perform daily morning quality Assurance on equipment linear accelerator, OBI and Cat Scan.
- Understand & apply the use of radiation exposure factors & radiation safety measures.
- Prepare therapy rooms with supplies and equipment.
- Interpret and carry out the requests made by physicians
- Transfer patients from stretcher or wheelchair to treatment table
- Properly identify patient and area to be treated which is essential so that mistaken identity does not occur
- Make certain that the patient ID band and the patient chart are identical.
- Responsible for setting up and positioning patients, create patient immobilization equipment for treatment; Vac bags, H&N Mask, etc.
- Observe patients during procedures and report complications or unusual events.
- Perform computer work for credit of patient visits, complications and /or quality improvement activities of the Radiation Oncology Department.
- Maximize patient throughput by contacts with escort, ward secretaries, nursing personnel, etc.
- Maintain a clean work area and adequate level of supplies with in assigned work areas at all times.
- Provide clinical instruction to student Radiation Oncology technologist from affiliated program and facilitate the attainment of established program objectives.
- Practice radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. Assure compliance to radiation regulations wear film badges; be aware of and practice safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed.
- Responsible for the image QA & positioning prior to transmission through ARIA to be approved by the Radiation Oncologist.
- Maintain cleanliness of water bath as directed by the manufacturer.
- Provide education to patients and their families on radiation therapy process (Explain procedures to patient).
- Perform clerical duties related o patient care.
- Schedule patient clinical appointment using ARIA and Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista)scheduling options; use established business rules to schedule appointments for veterans, and enters administrative notes in the Computerized Patient Records System (CPRS) - includes clinic visits, comply with mandatory training requirements for the patient scheduling process.
- In the absence of the supervisor, contact Biomedical Engineering or the service vendor to arrange forservice.
- Ensure relationships with supervisors and co-workers (Therapist)are consistently courteous and cooperative in nature, and overall contribute positively to the effective operation of the Radiation Oncology department.
- Actively seek out work when assigned tasks are finished.
- Interaction with physicians, physicists, Dosimetrist will be a normal occurrence of the daily duties of the therapist, along with patient interactions
- Check all equipment and reports failures to the Chief Therapist
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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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
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/03/2019.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Certification: All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T). Certification in Medical Dosimetry is not a basic requirement for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Certification is required for assignments at the GS-12 grade level.
- Experience or Education: Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education.
- Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- English Language Proficiency: TRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
Grade Determinations: GS-10
Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs are defined in the assignments which follow.
Assignment. TRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time:
Staff TRT. Employees at this level who are not leads or supervisors are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently in all areas of radiation therapy, requiring TRT competencies which substantially exceed the full performance level and are unique and require advanced knowledge in all areas of radiation therapy specialties. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this grade level.
a. Ability to confer with radiation oncologist regarding simulation/CT procedure needed to yield the most optimal images needed for treatment planning procedures to be performed;
b. Knowledge of disease process, co-morbid conditions, and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for procedure to be performed;
c. Knowledge of radiographic fluoroscopic, CT, and combinations of modalities and ability to obtain the images for review by the radiation oncologist for localization of tumors, their extent, and ancillary areas needing treatment; and
*d. Ability to accurately transfer radiographic images to treatment planning and dosimetry for use in development of computer generated treatment plans.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G, Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard, GS-649
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-10 to GS-10.
Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks. Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.
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Drug test required
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Agency contact information
AddressDayton VA Medical Center
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) is looking for applicants who possess integrity and character to become employees that are committed to serving our Nation's Veterans. Employees that place the needs of others ahead of their own, who treat all with dignity and respect, while consistently striving for excellence in their workmanship. Every position at the Dayton VAMC; regardless of job title, provides the opportunity to make a meaningful and personal contribution to America's Veterans. For more information on why choosing to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs is a good career choice, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov
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