Certification as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent? This includes registration based on either: (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974
GS-07 IS THE ENTRY LEVEL for the GS-0651 Registered Respiratory Therapist series and is used for candidates who have met the aforementioned basic requirements in this announcement.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-8 LEVEL: At least one year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
KSA 1. Knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individuals knowledge of the equipment.
KSA 2. Knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; services as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on shift; and to pan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.
*EDUCATION CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR OR COMBINED WITH EXPERINECE FOR THIS POSITION*
IN DESCRIBING YOU EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-8. Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the scheduled an excepted appointment authority.
Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 50-100 lbs.)
Prolonged extensive, or considerable standing/ walking
Lifts, positions, pushes, and/or transfer patients
Assist with lifting and moving patients
Pushes/pulls or moves/lifts heavy equipment/supplies
Manual dexterity and mobility
Intermittent exertion when performing treatments
Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching
OPM Respiratory Therapist Series, 0651 Individual Occupational Requirements at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/respiratory-therapist-series-0651/
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, April 15, 2002 at: http://vaww.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=175&FType=2
OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support positions at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please 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. 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.