Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 849504 (Include # on all documents)
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.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more .
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.
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We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.
Safety: SAFETY comes first!
Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.
Performance Excellence : Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."
Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.
Stewardship : Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.
U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
Position requires on-call duty, 24hr, 7 day coverage
Must be certified in general radiologic technology (ARRT) (R) DUTIES:
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for one (1) Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to work in our Diagnostic Care Line, at the main VA hospital, located in Tucson, AZ . The position will perform MRI examinations for Imaging Service. Interaction with physicians, scientists, physicists, computer programmers and manufacturer's technical design engineers will be a normal occurrence of the daily duties of the operator, along with patient interactions. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Monitor patient during all phases of the examination, removing the patient from the influence of the magnetic field upon completion of the data acquisition.
Coordinate with the radiologist and physicist to determine the most ideal pulse sequences and other parameters necessary to accomplish a high quality examination.
Record all computer data, transmits images to the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), films, CD, or optical disc.
Maintain all monitoring data pertinent to patient and equipment information and usage.
Proactively identifies administrative, clinical or mechanical problems, and defines solutions thereof.
Advise the Radiologist of those examinations which require immediate attention while the patient is still undergoing the examinations.
Perform assigned duties with no supervision during irregular hours to insure adequate patient examinations.
Reviews pertinent laboratory data, obtains IV access, and administers contrast agents under physician supervision.
Program all technical factors by integrating computer console and choose the most effective coil for producing the correct signal.
Performs and maintains a monitoring system for quality assurance purposes and complies with FDA Safety Standards regarding ferrous objects and cardiac pacemakers prior to these persons entering the environment of the 5 gauss magnetic field.
Coordinates daily schedule and consults with hospital physicians, clinical and administrative personnel pertaining to the next day and future day's availability for patient examinations.
Must maintain CPR certification.
Performs and documents screening of patients and personnel for the presence of ferromagnetic objects or implants prior to entry into the MRI environment.
Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm, on-call, holidays, rotating weekends.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are NOT authorized.
Qualification Requirements: Qualification standard for the GS-9 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist as defined in VA Handbook 5005-15, Part II, Appendix G 25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-0647 Veterans Health Administration.
Minimum Qualification Requirements: GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 level.
a. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
c. Experience or Education. Completion of 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 certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) in radiology.
d. Physical Requirements. The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a pre-employment examination prior to appointment. The incumbent is responsible for setting up and positioning patients and transfer up to and including 50 pounds.
e. English Language Proficiency. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.
Experience: One year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-8) that demonstrates the core competencies at that level. In addition, must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the GS-9 level and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).:
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 physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions.
5. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.
6. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.
Specialized Experience: Is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform the duties of the position. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) specialty modality requires additional knowledge of superconducting magnets, the physics of superconducting magnets, and how they relate to the human anatomy in medical imaging. The technologist must be educated in the safety factors governing a magnetic environment that patients, visitors, and equipment enter into. The technologist must have specific specialized knowledge of cross sectional anatomy and how it relates to the soft tissues and vessels of the human body. The technologist must also have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in Computerized Radiography (CR), Digital Radiography (DR), and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective Placement Factor(s) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Do you possess a minimum of 2 year's experience performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)? (Your application/resume must support your answer, include months, years, hrs/wk.)
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This announcement may be used to fill more than one vacancy.
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