Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Registered Respiratory Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee

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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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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Responsibilities

The working shift supervisory respiratory therapist will effectively administer, direct, and coordinate activities related to respiratory care on his/her shift(s) in accordance with accepted national standards and the administrative policies of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Below are a list of duties not limited to:

  • This supervisor will be expected to perform 25-50% of his/her time completing management duties and 50-75% of his/her time performing clinical duties.
  • Communicates to Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director suggestions and changes concerning a fair and equitable 24-hour, 7-day a week work schedule adhering to Medical Center policies and procedures and the Master Agreement and Supplements thereto.
  • Effectively trouble-shoots equipment; follows regulations and policies pertinent to equipment failure and ensures that work orders/UAT's placed; notifies appropriate personnel of any sentimental events within the timeframes dictated by policy.
  • Conducts orientation, lectures, and inservice training on respiratory care, medical treatment and the use of specialized equipment training to Respiratory Therapy Staff, nursing personnel, and other health care professionals, maintaining a close relationship with other disciplines and students who may rotate through the health care facility.
  • Ensures completion of BCMA documentation, missed medication reports, and order verification on shift(s) of responsibility.
  • Responds to Blue Alerts and Rapid Response Teams. Contributes to and/or ensures respiratory staff carries out his/her area(s) of responsibility according to protocol/policy and procedure
  • Updates subordinates on Safety, Occupational Health, Fire Protection, Hazardous Communication/Chemical Hygiene, VA and departmental Disaster Plan, and other VA mandated updates on a regular basis, and assesses working conditions such as lighting, ventilation, safety, etc.
  • Acts as a consultant in assisting medical/surgical residents, and physicians with patient care problems and modalities of therapy
  • Performs home oxygen assessments/testing and completes related paperwork should the need arise on his/her shit"t(s).
  • Obtains and maintains current BLS, ACLS, and intubation certification status
  • Delivers respiratory care as needed in the more complex respiratory care procedures and to poor risk patients such as those in the older age group

Work Schedule: Midnight to 8am with varying days off Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

9

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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

Accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j

Must have a certificate 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 (must provide copy of certificate). 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.

Must be a Registered Respiratory Therapist with one (1) year of successful experience related to respiratory care at the GS-8 level or equivalent with prior supervisor experience. Experience must have demonstrated expert knowledge of respiratory therapy methods, equipment and procedures and the ability to assume responsibility to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate programs involving respiratory care.

Preferred Experience: Registered Respiratory Therapist with one (1) year of successful experience related to respiratory care at the GS-8 level or equivalent.ACLS (Provide copy of current certification) Current/valid Respiratory Care License (Provide copy of current licensure) This supervisor must be available for various shifts. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

Physical Requirements: The work requires standing (remaining on one's feet in an upright position) and walking for prolonged periods of time; handling (seizing, holding, grasping, or otherwise working with hands); and talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). The supervisor must frequently bend, reach, stoop, and stretch when working with respiratory therapy equipment and patients. He/she must push/pull heavy objects such as mechanical ventilators. The work requires above average dexterity and agility to perform intricate respiratory therapy procedures in confined areas of the intensive care units, spinal cord injury unit emergency room, recovery room, or wards. Light-to-moderate carrying and light-to-moderate lifting is required. He/she must have the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. At times, the work may be more fast-paced and more physically and mentally demanding. Works with computers in the performance of duties. Other mental demands include mathematical reasoning, oral comprehension, and written comprehension

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above and the requirements for GS 8, candidates must have had at least 1 year additional year of successful and progressively responsible experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS 8 level or equivalent. This experience must have included demonstrated accomplishments in upgrading services to patients. The candidate must have demonstrated expert knowledge of respiratory therapy methods, equipment, and procedures and the ability to assume responsibility to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and evaluate programs involving respiratory care. Serves as:

Chief of a Section (or Unit) Providing Respiratory and Related Care. Supervises at least three employees (full-time equivalent) whose work involves providing respiratory and related care. Typically, duties and responsibilities will include: (a) Assigns duties and responsibilities to staff relative to respiratory care of patients to include adequate work coverage at all times. Selective consideration is given to relative difficulties of assignments and capabilities of subordinates. (b) Interviews candidates for subordinate positions in the section or unit. Makes recommendations for appointment, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary action. Evaluates performance of the staff and identifies continuing education and training needs. (c) Participates in in-service respiratory teaching and training, maintaining a close relationship with other disciplines and students who may rotate through the health care facility. (d) Delivers respiratory care as needed in the more complex respiratory care procedures and to poor risk patients such as those in the older age group. Participates in the audit of respiratory care, recommending changes where indicated.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G11, REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-09

Education

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

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

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

Yes

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • certification/licensures
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • DD-214
  • certification/licensures
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/28/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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901-523-8990 X5928

Email

vhamemhrteam1usastaffing@va.gov

Address

Memphis VA Medical Center 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 US

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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
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  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510960100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 09/28/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time