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Job Title:Registered Respiratory Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-14-988846/B19

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

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$39,674.00 to $57,115.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 to Tuesday, December 10, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Not Applicable




The Phoenix VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) T38-14-988846/B19

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?
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.

Basking in sunshine 300 days a year in the aptly named Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix VA Health Care System is located near downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Although renowned for its warm, dry climate, Arizona's capitol offers much more than great weather.  The Phoenix metro area, now America's 5th largest city, offers affordable housing and a relaxed, informal southwestern lifestyle.  Diversity abounds.  Greater Phoenix has an abundance of golf courses, parks, public swimming pools and bike paths.  For the sports fans Phoenix is home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, NFL's Arizona Cardinals; Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.  Across the state, more than 11 million acres of national forest lands provide a varied playground for those who enjoy skiing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or camping for the more adventurous, there's white water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon!   For city dwellers, the valley boasts exceptional shopping and retail establishments, restaurants and night life.  The valley is also rapidly gaining prominence as a Mecca for the arts.  Phoenix possesses world class museums, a ballet, symphony orchestra and several theater companies. For more information on the City of Phoenix, visit the Chamber of Commerce site at


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment medical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Certification as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care)


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The Registered Respiratory Therapist performs under the direction of the Chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Section and The Respiratory Supervisor. The Registered Respiratory Therapist is responsible for administration of basic and acute respiratory care in all areas of the hospital, including the critical care units, as prescribed by a physician, and those receiving ambulatory care.

You will:
• Document all respiratory treatments and patient responses in the medical record. This includes documentation in the electronic (BCMA & CPRS) medical record. Maintains departmental paperwork I.E.; missed medication log, etc., according to the current standard.
• Clearly state events that occurred during therapy as demonstrated through audit.
• Independently perform basic and acute respiratory care, administration of oxygen and aerosol therapy, positive pressure devices (BIPAP, CPAP, & IPV), ventilator care to include advanced technology/techniques, i.e., pressure control modality and associated ventilator adjustments, and monitoring with/without/graphs. Respiratory Therapist is responsible in making appropriate recommendations to physicians regarding changes in therapy.
• Assess respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiograms to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered. Assist with trauma and code call i.e., participates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
• Dispense pharmacological solutions as prescribed by physician.
• Ensure that all critical blood gas values are documented under the comment section in Vista/CPRS and contacts the physicians or the appropriate individual per ABG policy.
• Ensure that all patient consults /encounters received are accurate and completed on a daily basis and are closed out in Vista/CPRS.
• Responsible to understand, interpret and comply with Respiratory Care Policies.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with VA Policies and Procedures.
• Collaborate with management to develop and maintain a productive work environment and positive working relationship by, conducting daily activities, communications and interactions in a cooperative, positive, courteous and professional manner.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (Weekends as Required) Compressed 12-Hour Shift

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses (PCS costs) are not authorized for this position.
Recruitment and Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.


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•U.S. Citizenship.  
•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 individual’s 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.



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
•Lifts supplies/equipment
•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:


OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support positions at:


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:  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



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.


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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:

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.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 
This position is subject to a 1 year probation period, if not already completed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



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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 ( 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 ( ) 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:
 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 using the following Vacancy ID: T38-14-988846/B19.  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 TAG:Closing Date.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.  CV or Resume.
2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
3.  Occupational Questionnaire
4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. 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 (available at  
5.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
6.  Copy of Transcripts


Recruitment Team
Phone: (602)277-5551x7594
Agency Information:
VHA Phoenix HCS
Human Resources Management Service 05B
650 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ


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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