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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT) (X-Ray) in Spokane, Washington

Summary The incumbent performs computerized tomography of the head, neck, spine, chest, and body. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies to bring about proper diagnosis and treatment. The incumbent will also perform general diagnostic exams including fluoroscopic, general x-ray and surgical procedures. The position is in Diagnostic Imaging Service at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. Responsibilities The duties of the DRT include but are not limited to: Computed Tomography (CT) Duties (50%) Protocol's exams in a manner to optimize scanner times and scheduling while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. Identifies scheduled procedures for the day, prepares and coordinates activities around the radiologists' availability to maximize room effectiveness. 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. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc., to produce and satisfy requirements of CT scanning. The technologist schedules patients for examinations and. notifies Radiologists of scans requiring their immediate attention. Performs neuro-angiography, including spine, head, and neck studies utilizing highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies of the spinal canal and neurological anatomy. Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities. These angiographic studies include renal, hepatic, mesenteric, aortic, femoral, etc. The exams involve the use of highly sophisticated x-ray equipment such as computerized fluoroscopy, pressure injectors, patient monitors, etc.. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic or therapeutic studies of the vascular systems. Performs most exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques with guidance and direction from a radiologist. This requires "scrub-in technique," preparation of procedure trays, preparation of contrast, supplying of catheters and guide wires, while maintaining the sterile field for the patient and equipment during the procedure. This is done to minimize hazards associated with invasive procedures and involves the use of sterile packs, gloves, syringes, guide wires, catheters, cleanup trays, etc., after exam is completed. 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 procedural/radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists and the performance of the exam. The technologist must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter and guide wire sizes and configurations, etc. The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, recognize patient reactions, anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc. Practices ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) 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. Film badges are worn by the technicians in compliance with radiation regulations. General Radiologic Technology (R) (X-Ray) (50%) Assists in protocoling exams in a manner to optimize scanner times and scheduling while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. Identifies scheduled procedures for the day, prepares and coordinates activities around the radiologists' availability to maximize room effectiveness. The technologist has accountability for department supplies and equipment in his/her area. He/she anticipates needs for supplies and provides them well in advance. This person checks equipment for proper function prior to performing procedures. Finally, the incumbent is responsible for the state of equipment in this area at all times and must report equipment malfunction in a timely manner. Properly identifies patient to ensure images are labeled with the correct information and uses appropriate markers to include right and left markers. This is essential so that the correct patient and exam are selected to ensure incorrect patient imaging does not occur during acquisition. The technologist must be certain that the patient ID and the request match. Responsible for explaining exams to patients so that the patient understands what is to be done as well as potential hazards, if any, are possible. Patient's condition may require the need to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate emergency protocols including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with indirect supervision. Work Schedule: Variable Work Schedule Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT) (X-Ray)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include Computed Tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable. Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist. COPY OF CERTIFICATION IS REQUIRED. Education: Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). COPY OF TRANSCRIPT IS REQUIRED. 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 and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-9 Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8), directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex imaging procedures beyond the full performance level, clinical instruction, and basic QM type duties within the program. 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. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients. References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part II, Appendix G25, December 13, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.), Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.), Straight pulling and pushing, reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking, Standing, Bending, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, and Hearing (aid permitted). Applicants must comply with national patient safe handling guidelines while assisting patient 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: 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. 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