DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (MRI)
Department of Veterans Affairs - San Juan, PR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
867293

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.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Tour of Duty:
Must work different tours of duty as required to provide 24-hours service coverage, seven days per week. Includes MOPC and POPC Satellite Clinics.

"APPLICANTS MAY BE BOARDED AT A LOWER GRADE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION"

VETPRO CREDENTIALING:
Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

Please note: This is an above the full performance level (FPL) position,

if a permanent and current DRT internal employee is selected and has never been boarded at above the FPL (GS-9 or above), credentials will be sent to Radiology Professional Standards Board for promotion recommendation/consideration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
Serves as Operator of a super conductive magnetic resonance unit. Independently performs computerized axial, sagittal, coronal studies of the neurological and musculoskeletal system, and dynamic blood flow studies of head, and/or bodies. Including other more specialized studies such as MR angiography, MR arthrogram, Cardiac MR and venography Exam is performed in all types of patients including medically and psychiatrically ill, and others. Positions patient within the examining unit (MRI), monitors patient during all phases of the examination, and removes patient from the influence of the magnetic field upon completion of the data acquisition. Monitors the examination by checking computations, performances, and results of the selected parameters to obtain the best diagnostic computer generated data and images. Records computer data on DVD/CD/PACS. Maintains equipment malfunction and downtime log. Performs or monitors safety checks on patients, employees and visitors to comply with FDA safety standards regarding ferrous objects and cardiac pacemaker prior to those persons entering the environment of the 1.5 Tesla magnetic field. Operates automatic power injector with I.V. contrast. Will access from the work list scheduling and verify correct documentation before perform any study. Will transfer to PACS system every study after termination. Assists manufacturer representative and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of malfunctions associated with the MRI Unit. Coordinates daily schedule and consults with other clinical and administrative personnel pertaining to next day and future days availability for patient examinations.

The incumbent perform MRI scanning and optimize technical factors such as patient positioning, coil selection, slice thickness, exam parameters, contrast administration and other relevant factors to achieve high quality, diagnostic images; modify protocols as needed to accommodate special situations such as uncooperative or anxious patients, sedated or ventilated patients, patients with orthopedic hardware, unanticipated findings requiring greater coverage or additional pulse sequences, and other special circumstances that require tailoring the exam; select the order of pulse sequences to optimize the probability of obtaining requisite diagnostic images when the patient is unable to complete the full exam and include advanced scans such as cardiac and vascular. Reviews requests for appropriateness before performing exams and use appropriate criteria, clinical history, patient interview, chart review or communication with the ordering provider as needed for clarification; present inappropriate or deficient requests to the Supervisor or Radiologist; employ practices and procedures of MRI Safety, enforcing the principles and safety policies to the patients, staff and other persons who enter the MRI zones. Administer contrast as required by protocol or radiologist direction; prior to the administration of contrast, screen patient for contraindications such as allergy, impaired renal function or medication interaction; select or formulate exam protocols appropriate for the exams requested and the clinical presentations using established guidelines and /or consultation with a radiologist.

The incumbent operating the MRI scanner will perform the following procedures: patient positioning, selection and application of radiofrequency coils, protocol selection and implementation of protocols; possess working knowledge of MRI physics, understanding of exam parameters and their effect on image characteristics; recognize artifacts and employ methods to control them, and ability to modify techniques to optimize image quality; understand clinical context and applications of MRI; MRI cross sectional anatomy, including vascular anatomy, knowledge of medications used in MRI, including applications, precautions and contraindications.

The incumbent will be available to take calls covering MRI service after hours, weekend and holidays as required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship.

English Language Proficiency:
Proficiency in spoken and written English is required in accordance wIth 38 USC 4105(c). You will need to demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading and speaking English. 38 USC a7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Spanish Language Proficiency:
Proficiency in spoken Spanish is required.

Physical Requirements:
The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks. Patients often are assited to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the pateint due to disease progression often requires lifing of the patient from stretchiers or wheelchiars to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniqures designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.

Educational Requirements:
Applicants must have completed a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certifcate or an associates's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology. (1) Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an education program that meets or exceeds the stardards described in the regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education,

and

be certified as radiographers in their field.

Licensure, Registration and/or Certification Requirements:
All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R) AND meet the credentialing stardards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Definitions

(1)

Creditable Experience

(a)

Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice:
To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

(b)

Quality of Experience:
Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified above (certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R) AND meet the credentialing stardards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel.)

(c)

Part-Time Experience:
Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

GS-9

(a)

Experience:
Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent
to the next lower grade level (GS-8) directly related to the position being
filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level, which are:

1

.

Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance
based on established guidelines;

2

.

Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments
as needed;

3

.

Knowledge of patient’s clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory
results;

4

.

Ability to monitor patient’s physiologic changes during the procedure
and keep the radiologist informed;

5

.

Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy
in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and
volunteers; and

6

.

Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and
cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper
positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

7

.

If the position is supervisory in nature, the
ability to manage and supervise employees; and

8

.

If the position is supervisory in nature, the
ability to coordinate staff development and training.

In addition

, the candidate must demonstrate the
following technical KSAs (GS-9) and demonstrate the potential to acquire the
assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)

D

emonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and

Abilities:
  • (1) Ability to balance the needs of the
patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;

(

2

)

Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques
to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and
health care providers;

  • (
3

)

Ability to assess factors that may
contraindicate the procedure; (

4

)

Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life
support practices related to radiography; (

5

)

Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic
techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and (

6

)

Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of
patients.

(b)

Assignments.

For all assignments above the full
performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope,
complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the
incumbent at least 25% of the time.

DRTs
at this grade level will be appointed to the following assignment:

1.

Staff

DRT (MRI

).

Employees at this level are fully
functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks
independently.

DRTs at this level may
have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) -

Selected applicant(s) must show proof of current BCLS Training at the time of initial appointment. This is a condition of employment.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume doesn not support your questionnaire responses, we will adjust your rating accordingly.

REFERENCES:
VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard

, dated March 17, 2006, (o

r you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at

http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

(also available in the local Human Resources Office).

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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.

BENEFITS:
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

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

.

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

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.

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