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Job Title:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Computed Tomography

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:H13-92-866444

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$58,183.00 to $70,648.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0647-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Baltimore, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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?

 Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

As one of the most modern health care facilities in the country, the Baltimore VA Medical Center offers veterans state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical services and research programs. The medical center is home to the world’s first filmless radiology department, which allows health care providers to have nearly instant access to patient radiology images from anywhere in the facility and throughout the health care system. The medical center’s "patient friendly" design features plant-filled atriums, natural light from overhead skylights and comfortable patient rooms and waiting areas.

The Baltimore VA Medical Center is located in a vibrant city, neighbors the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens), Lexington Market and the Inner Harbor.

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Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

5. A premium benefits package

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

2. On-the-job growth and advancement

1. To discover the career you want, for the future you

 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Pass pre-employment examination, and Designated and-or Random Drug Test
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Current, Unrestricted License, Certification, or Registration

DUTIES:

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  • Operates a multidetector computed tomography scanner.  Develops new techniques, defines optimal protocols, and devises alternative ways to visualize pathology within the patient.  Evaluates new system(s) and compares them with existing methodologies.  

 

  • Coordinates daily schedule and consults with other medical center physicians, clinical, administrative, and clerical personnel of next day and future day’s availability for patient examinations.

 

  • Schedules, receives patient’s to include verbal interview for demographic accuracy and patient education prior to procedure, ensuring patient’s comfort and relaxation.

 

  • Positions the patient within the CT systems, monitors patient during all phases of appropriate examination(s) and removes patient from the respected system(s) upon completion of the data and/or imaging acquisition(s).

 

  • In all sections, administers contrast media under the direction and supervision of the staff radiologist(s).  Confers with the radiologist(s) to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiological monitoring to perform the procedure(s).  The technologist(s) is available to assist and scrub with the radiologist during biopsy and drainage procedures on as needed basis.

 

  • Registers patient and procedure(s) in the VISTA system, radiology package, and enters case number to case edit the patient’s file and indicate that the procedure has been completed.

 

  • Performs technical and general operation and maintenance of computer, disk drives, console, imaging devices, etc.  Assists the manufacturer and biomedical engineers in the calibration and trouble shooting of any malfunctions in all equipment associated with the computed tomography imaging devices.

 

  • Establishes and monitors quality control programs for these sections and maintains operations logs, service and maintenance reports.  Maintains imaging files on patient, clinical analysis, computer data, and technical parameters of each examination to include short and long term archives, film library and Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS).

 

  • Maintains inventory of lab, medical, and computer supplies.  Initiates procedures to replenish stock and receive stock items/supplies.

 

  • Assist physicians and other employees in the development and execution of procedure manual(s) and in devising and modifying procedures as necessary to include research protocols.

 

  • Assist and develops training programs for new technologist(s), physician(s), resident(s), and general clinical staff in the computed tomography imaging sections.  Participates in lectures and demonstrations relating to the technical and clinical operations of above modality.

 

  • Technologist is required to remain certified with their registry and be current in continuing education requirements.  Incumbent reviews textbooks, medical and technical journals, and attends continuing education seminars to improve and develop new methodologies and technologies.  As an affiliate of a radiology program, technologist may be required to participate in clinical training of new students and radiological technologists.

 

  • Incumbent is required to participate in part of call-back for the computed tomography imaging service.

 

  • Performs other duties common to the Imaging Service as assigned by the Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist such as:

 

  • Transfer patients from stretcher or wheelchair to radiographic table.
  • Prepare room, equipment and material needed for patient procedures.
  • Follow prescribed protocols required to perform procedures.
  • Maintains data logs of material used by entering information into GIP computer.
  • Observe patients during procedures and reports complications or unusual events.
  • Transfers images to PACS for interpretation.
  • Perform computer work and required forms associated with patient exams, credit of patient visits, complications and/or quality improvement activities of the Radiology Department.
  • Maximize patient throughput by contacts with escort, ward secretaries, nursing personnel, etc.
  • Practice hospital safety, radiation safety, infection control and universal precautions at all times within age and/or gender specific departmental guidelines.

 

 

  • Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.

  

  • NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

  • Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

 

a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

 

b.  Certification.  All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

 

c.  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.

 

d.  Physical Requirements.  Scope of the Examination: The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies

 

 

 e.  English Language Proficiency.  Must be proficient in spoken and written English

 

 

Computed Tomography (CT).  This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations.  The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of particular interest to the physician.

 

 

GS-9

 

    (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-8)

 

Some examples of duties at the GS-8 include but are not limited to

   

·                    Check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines;

 

·                    Calibrate parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed;


·              Be knowledgeable about the patient’s clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results;

 

·                    Monitor patient’s physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed;

 

·                    Use tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; 

 

·                    Know anatomy, physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determine proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

 

 

Staff DRT.  Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently.  DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures. to perform at this level.

 

    a.  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

    (1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;

 

    (2)  Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;

 

    (3)  Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;

 

    (4)  Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;

 

    (5)  Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and

 

     (6)  Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients

    

 

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

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) 


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.


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.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

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

3.  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.

 

4. This vacancy is advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. 

5. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

6. Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday; 4:00PM - 12:30AM

 



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 10-2850 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://www.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: 866444.  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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.     CV or Resume to include

  • Name of Employer;
  • Month/Year to Month/Year Worked;
  • Number of Hours Worked Per Week;
  • 4. A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed

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

3.     Occupational Questionnaire

4.   OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Employment - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf(Required)

5.     If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.  

6.     If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

7.     Other:   Proof of current certification, licensure or registration; unofficial transcripts(s) – official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired; if applicable, supporting documentation from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements(conferral) will be met in the near future.

Please allow one (1) hour for uploaded documents to move from received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kenneth Reil Jr
Phone: (410)642-2411x2956
Email: KENNETH.REILJR@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point
PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H
Perry Point, MD
21902
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:

H13-92-866444

Control Number:

340622300