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Job Title:DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST / MAMMOGRAPHY TECH GS 0647-06-09

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-13-TG-805830

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$38,399.00 to $60,953.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 to Thursday, December 27, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0647-06/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 805830 (Include on all documents) 

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Systems is seeking a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Mammography) for the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Service.  The incumbent must be able to employ specialized mammographic image techniques such as magnification views and implant views of the breast.  The mammographer is required to be completely familiar with, and adhere to, all American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines and requirements, and all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines regulating the practice of mammography, radiation safety, and quality assurance requirements.

 

VA 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?

 

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE.  SEE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION TO UPLOAD.   

DUTY LOCATION/CAMPUS:   Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Service, Little Rock, Arkansas.

TOUR OF DUTY:

    Monday - Friday, Day Shift, "Based on needs of the service".

 

Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified.   Please follow all instructions carefully.   Errors or omissions will affect your rating or consideration for employment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Area of Consideration:   The initial area of consideration is this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment,  Reinstatement eligibles, those eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority  such as those for disabled veterans, those eligible for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) under the   Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, veterans eligible for a VEOA appointment, severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given the best qualified candidates from this CAVHS. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

 

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply:

5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities.  The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp, and disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Non-citizens may be appointed when there are no qualified U.S. citizens
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and Suitability Investigations required

DUTIES:

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Mammography: Performs a variety of complex mammography radiographic exams on the patients of this medical center.  These include but are not limited to screening and diagnostic mammography exams. The duties include:

 

·         Interviews patients for history of previous mammography, breast disease and breast invasive interventions, assesses mammography risk factors and medical history.  Provides patient education prior to performing the mammography procedure addressing the patients concern, and promotes the need for periodic patient self-examinations.

 

·         Obtain images of sufficiently high quality most useful to the interpreting radiologist, the technologist must evaluate the patient body habitus based on the patient’s age, size, condition of skin (placing markers if indicated), contravening disabilities and previous breast augmentation or surgeries to determine proper exposure technique settings.  The technologist must also evaluate the patient to determine the most effective method communications with the patient.

 

·         Positions patients accurately, applying knowledge of anatomy and imaging equipment, to provide optimal visualization.  Incorporates equipment components to obtain all required visualization, including angulations, compression paddles and manipulation of imaging factors.

 

·         Perform extensive quality control tests at frequencies required by Public Laws 102-539 and 104-262; by the VHA recognized mammography accreditation body, the American College of Radiology (ACR); as outlined in VHA directives and guidance at defined daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly intervals. Quality control testing must also occur when problems are suspected, and after service or preventive maintenance, in order to maintain ACR accreditation and VHA certification.  Tests include but are not limited to processor quality control, darkroom fog tests, screen disinfection and decontamination, view-box illumination and masking evaluation, phantom image analysis, repeat film analysis, analysis of fixer retention in film, screen-film contact and compression analysis.

 

·         Actively participates in collection of test data related to image quality, dose and half value layer evaluations through the use of breast phantoms requiring clinical images evaluated for positioning, compression, exposure levels, resolution, contrast, noise, exam identification and artifacts.

 

·         Reviews data and images with lead mammography physician, interpreting physician(s), and medical physicist(s).

 

·         As required by local or national VHA policy, attempts to obtain previous mammograms from the indicated facility as specified by the patient.

 

·         Maintains inventories of instruments, drugs, supplies and emergency equipment and operating supplies used in breast imaging.

 

Breast Ultrasound:  Performs a variety of complex breast ultrasound imaging examinations on the patients of this medical center.

 

·         Reviews previous breast imaging examinations and medical history and provides patient education prior to performing the ultrasound procedure.

 

·         Positions patients accurately, applying knowledge of anatomy and ultrasound imaging equipment, to provide optimal visualization; properly records and processes images from the ultrasound unit.

 

·         Incorporates equipment components and parameters to obtain all required visualization, including transducers, using color and pulsed-wave Doppler, and Gray Scale techniques to evaluate these structures for size, abnormal contour, cysts, tumors and various pathological disorders.

 

·         Differentiates artifacts from normal or pathological processes and recognizes electronic equipment limitations.

 

Interventional Breast Procedures:  Performs a variety of interventional breast procedures.  This includes interventional breast procedures performed with radiologic, sonographic or MRI image guidance. 

 

  • Interventional breast procedures performed includes but is not limited to: biopsy, needle localization, stereotactic biopsy, cyst aspiration and ductogram.

 

·         Provides the patient with procedure instructions, and positions the patient appropriately for the exam to be performed.

 

·         Prepares sterile field using proper sterile technique and makes available all necessary instruments and supplies for the specific procedure.  Prepares devices and equipment used to obtain biopsy specimen.

 

  • Prepares the breast site for injection of contrast materials, harvesting of tissues utilizing sterile technique.

 

·         Assists physician in performance of invasive procedures, operating devices, obtaining and handling specimens as needed.

 

RME-Cleaning of Reusable Medical Equipment:

 

Performs the processes to prepare Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) per CAVHS SOPs specific to each device according to manufacturer’s recommendations as required.  Follows all Infection Control guidelines related to these processes including but not limited to maintaining the separation of clean and dirty items, the use of appropriate PPE (including eye protection), keeping doors closed when appropriate, testing of disinfectant when appropriate and ensuring no food/drink in the areas where RMEs are used or processed. Ensures proper storage of the clean device.

 

Complies with all Policy regarding infection control practices pertaining to pre-cleaning and cleaning processing of RMEs.  Cleans and disinfects all RME according to manufacturing guidelines and VHA operating standards associated with RME.

 

 Associated Duties:

 

Accurately performs all documentation and record keeping related to each examination. This includes case register and edit in VISTA, CPRS progress notes and IMED consent. Completes patient procedure logs and archival of image data to PACs. 

 

Identifies patients using two patient identifiers in accordance with hospital policy.

 

Maintains a clean work area.  Stocks room with supplies needed to perform examinations and provide emergency treatments. Prepares the room and equipment necessary prior to each patient examination.

 

Assures that scheduling of procedures is in accordance with VA regulations.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions (P.L. 95-201).
  • All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT-Radiology).
  • 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 [or higher] and accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

FINAL GRADE/SALARY DETERMINATION IS MADE BY PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD RECOMMENDATION, HR TECHNICAL REVIEW, AND MEDICAL CENTER DIRECTOR APPROVAL.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   

a).   Has the ability to set up and work in a sterile environment performing invasive procedures, according to established infection prevention and control practices.

b).   Ability to assist the radiologist in performing invasive procedures, operating devices, and obtaining and handling specimens as needed.

c).   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 at VA Handbook and Directives


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did and the outcome, see www.va.gov/pbi.

 


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

 

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 805830.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 27, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, or you will receive an electronic notice that you are rated ineligible.  Upload the required documents as listed below:

1.  CV or Resume.

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

3.  Occupational Questionnaire

4.  Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.  If current or former Federal Employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, from your Official Personnel Folder, noting current grade, salary and position title.

6.   Proficiency/Performance Appraisal (if current Federal Employee) – Most recent rating is required; form is not required for current CAVHS employees. 

The following documents are required if you are claiming Veterans Preference:

1.  Veterans' Preference documentation

2.  Legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your Veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.

3.  SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, complete and signed. http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf

4.  VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement.

 You will not be contacted for additional information.

Former Federal Employees can request archived SF50s from the National Personnel Records Center http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Troy F. Gilliam
Phone: (501)257-1618
Email: TROY.GILLIAM@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR
72114
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

RQ-13-TG-805830

Control Number:

333397400