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Job Title:Diagnostic Radiologic Tech/MRI Tech

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-558-14-DU-976694-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Monday, November 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0647-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Greenville, NC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 976694

 

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.  

The new Greenville VA Health Care Center is anticipated to serve 19,000 patients for specialty care. The new multispecialty Health Care Center in is scheduled to begin operations in early 2014 building on a growing partnership with East Carolina University.

Greenville is home to 27,000 students who attend East Carolina University. ECU offers a wide range of cultural and sporting events, including musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films and lectures. The Greenville Museum of Art contains local art, as well as rotating exhibitions. Theater is beginning to emerge in Greenville as well. Local groups such as the Greenville Theater Project and the Magnolia Arts Center offer outlets for both performers and audiences alike. Many restaurants offer live entertainment on the weekends. Uptown Greenville is a revitalization non-profit that promotes numerous events in the downtown district. The downtown area of Greenville is known for its large annual Halloween street party.

Greenville is located 80 miles from the Crystal Coast Beaches, including Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, historic Beaufort and Morehead City. We are also within commuting distance of the waterfront towns of Washington and New Bern. Greenville is located 80 miles east of the capital city, Raleigh.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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TOUR OF DUTY: 8:00AM- 4:30PM Monday -Friday.

The incumbents primary responsibility is in the performance of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examinations. Performs computerized tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the head, neck, spine, chest and body.  These exams are performed with and the use of contrast materials.  Operates independently and without direct supervision, performing computerized tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging examinations/procedures.  The purpose of the work is to provide CT/MRI studies for doctors to use in diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of abnormalities and diseases.  Accuracy and clarity of the studies directly affects the accuracy and reliability of the physicians diagnosis and treatment.

 

  • Schedules exams in a manner so as to optimized scanner times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases.  This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc.
  • Confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams.  Determine technical factors, positioning, number, and thickness of scans, etc to produce and satisfy requirements of CT/MRI scans.  Schedules patients for examinations. Advises radiologists or referring physicians of examinations results.  Notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention.  Makes sure all scans are transmitted to the PACS upon completion.

·         Schedules exams in a manner so as to optimize scanner times while maintaining   flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc.

·          Confers with radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams.  Determine technical factors, positioning, number, and thickness of scans, etc to produce and satisfy requirements of CT/MRI scans. Schedules patients for examinations. Advises radiologists or referring physicians of examinations results. Notifies them of scans requiring their immediate attention. Makes sure all scans are transmitted to the PACS upon completion.

·         Performs computerized axial angiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging exams per protocols. Perform reconstructions of CT/MRI angiography studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure.

·         Assists radiologist when performing CT Guided Biopsies and aspirations.  Sets up equipment. Prepares slides and specimens when lab personnel are not available and deliver to the laboratory service.  Maintains ample supplies prior to all scheduled exams and procedures.

·         Responsible for stocking and inventory of all CT/MRI supplies and related materials.

·         Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique; the storage of sterile supplies; the disposal of body fluids and ‘sharps’; proper attire; hand washing practices; and continuing education.

·         Works with the radiologist as a member of the radiographic team.  Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam.  Must be continuously on the alert for the patient’s condition, sterile field, catheter and guide wires and etc.  The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc.

Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/MRI exams.  Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality and, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed by those who prepare it.  In addition, must be continuously on the alert to the patient’s condition and other disorders.  Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient.  Is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary.  CPR certification IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary.  CPR certification is required and recertification in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines.

·         Public law 97-35 requires persons hired after 1987 who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR, Part 75, must be certified as radiographers in their field and maintain annual licensure renewal.

·         Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff, and self.  This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead lined walls and collimation. Technologist must wear film badges in compliance with radiation regulations.

·         Properly identifies patient images.  This is essential so that mistaken identity of patient images does not occur.  The technician must be certain that the patient I.D. band and the request are identical.  Confirms patient’s identity by verbally with two identifiers according to joint commission standards.

·         Responsible to explain exams to competent patients so that patients understand what is to be done as well as what hazards, if any, are possible.

·         Registration and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system, copying of images (to PACS, CD or film), logging patients on the HIS’sRIS work list.

·         Performs irregular hour emergency scans on-call for CT, coverage.  Requires the technologist be available within 30 minutes from receipt of call so that proper and effective emergency care can be given to the patient.

·         Continually reviews new developments in the field of computerized tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Is continually on the alert to improve quality of exams utilizing the new technologies available.  The purpose of this review is to provide the patients with the best possible scans for diagnostic purposes.

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

      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.)

      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.

      (1)  Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel.  Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.

Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

      English Language Proficiency.  Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

  (1)  Creditable Experience

      (a)  Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice.  To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as “core competencies”) associated with current radiologic technology practice.  This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

      (b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified in paragraph 2.b. above.  Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

      (c)  Part-Time Experience.  Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek.  For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  This specialty modality requires additional knowledge of super conducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging.  The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter into.  The practitioner must have specific specialized knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body.  The technologist must also have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged.  The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).

GS-9

      (a)  Experience.  Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

       (b)  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.  DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:

      1.  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.  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 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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as “core competencies”) associated with current radiologic technology practice.  This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:.  At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting. 

References: VA Handbook 5005 PART II, APPENDIX G25


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.

Education.  The successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field related to diagnostic radiology/imaging.  Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled.

Certification.  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.  In addition, the candidate at the Gs-9 level must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

*(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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Requirements:  Light lifting (5 lbs and under); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted)]

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 08, 2013Friday, November 08, 2013 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  1. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·OF-306
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other (10-2850)
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

Form OF 306 is a required document and can be obtained at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/of0306.pdf

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

FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN OF 306 AND VA FORM 10-2850 WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 976694.

  1. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 08, 2013Friday, November 08, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  1. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Monica M. Parker
Phone: (919)286-0411x6901
Email: MONICA.PARKER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Durham VAMC
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/E-MAIL
APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank You, NC
27705
UNITED STATES

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:

VHA-558-14-DU-976694-MP

Control Number:

353462600