Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Corpus Christi, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
835737

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

NOTE:
The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed

in that specific grade

. The approval of salary grade and step will be made by the Medical Center Director for the selected candidate.

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

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:
As the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/ Ultrasound Technician you will be assigned to the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. Incumbent will operate independently all sonographic and diagnostic radiology examinations. Responsible for scheduling patients for examinations. Evaluate the nature of critical and emergency procedures. Incumbent must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns, used for patient diagnosis and treatment. Incumbent will be regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and providing final interpretation. Advise the radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination. Perform ultrasound examinations of abdomen, neck, chest, and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examination that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders. Responsible for participating in training of physicians, students and radiology technicians so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams. Perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologist and other medical officers. Will be required to perform diagnostic radiographic examinations, and responsible to the radiologist and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage. Receive and interpret radiology requests, and input pertinent radiology information into the computer.

ARDMS Certification highly preferred.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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

Certification Applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiology Technology (ARRT) (R).

Education Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or 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 (ARRT) in radiology.

ARMDS Certification

(Highly Desired)

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-9

Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA's designated by an asterisk (*)

Demonstrated 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.

(6) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients

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IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST

QUALIFICATION STANDARD, DATED MARCH 2006.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Applicant must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

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

.

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.

Applicant's Responsibility:
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

Interviews:
Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit

http://www.va.gov/pbi

to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

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

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

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

Vet Pro Credentialing:
Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergo and electronic credentialing process called Vet Pro. 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 Vet Pro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use Vet Pro.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by case basis.

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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