The Syracuse VAMC is a tertiary care facility providing acute medical, surgical, rehabilitative, emergency and intensive care/services; in addition to a vast array of outpatient specialty services and extensive primary care program. The Respiratory Care Department operates on a 24 hour/7 days a week schedule providing complex respiratory therapy treatment to ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients.
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As part of the Syracuse VA Medical Center's Respiratory Care Team, the incumbent performs duties that include, but are not limited to:
Administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomy 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.
Develops plans for weaning patients from ventilators.
Assesses the respiratory status of patient 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 and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment.
Performs the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation including - endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage and tracheotomy care.
Performs airway and tube care on intensive care patients including cleaning and securing the tracheostomy and endotracheal tube and site.
Changes endotracheal and tracheostomy tubes per physician orders.
Monitors tube cuff pressure and inspects equipment and patient to ensure proper functioning of the ventilator.
In emergency situations, the RRT, within their scope of practice, will insert artificial airways into patient's trachea to provide controlled breathing.
In cases of cardiac arrest, the RRT will initiate appropriate artificial ventilation.
During internal and external patient transport, the RRT maintains ventilation, monitors vital signs and performs CPR when necessary.
Records treatment, findings and progress pertinent to patient care. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Rotating Tour, Nights
Financial Disclosure Report: NOT Required
Functional Statement Title/#: REGISTERED RESPIRATORY THERAPIST GS-601/8
0651 Respiratory Therapist
Therapists, All Other
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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/31/2020.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Physical Standards per VA Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency (as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Possession of a certificate as a RRT from the NBRC 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 - 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1962 through June 1974.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation).
Preferred Experience: 2 to 3 years Respiratory Therapy Experience
Grade Determinations: To qualify at the GS-8 grade level, you must meet the basic requirements in addition to having one year of successful respiratory therapy experience (Federal or non-Federal) that is equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Qualifying experience at this grade level is work that included duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomy 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 and 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.
Demonstrates knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians, nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment.
Demonstrates knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients and family members.
References: A Handbook 5005, Appendix G11. Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.
Physical Requirements:Light and Moderate lifting ( Up to 44 pounds), Light carrying ( under 15 pounds), Reaching above the shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking, Standing, Crawling, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Climbing (legs only), Both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), Vision must near correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 and Far vision correctable to 20/40 in each eye.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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.
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