Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)
Department of Veterans Affairs - San Antonio, TX

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
845933

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.

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.

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 salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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:
The incumbent is the designated ultrasound technologist
responsible for the performance and coordination of ultrasound examinations and
procedures for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). She/he
will independently perform standard ultrasounds examinations at multiple satellite
locations including but not limited to Audie L. Murphy Division (ALMD),
Kerrville Division (KD), and North Central Federal Clinic (NCFC).

Incumbent will follow Radiologist protocol of
patients when performing their procedures and evaluate the nature of critical
and emergency procedures which may involve rearranging patients scheduled to accommodate
them involving routine clerical procedures.

She/he will maintain records of patients examined while advising
radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would
require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing
the examination.

Incumbent will assist quality
assurance technologists in performing quality assurance testing on the
ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc. for the purpose
of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not

authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
·

Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.

·

Certification.

All
applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American
Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

·

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 (ARRT) in radiology.

·

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 educational
program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and
is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education,

and

be certified as
radiographers in their field.

·

English Language Proficiency.

Diagnostic
Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Creditable
Experience

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.

Quality of
Experience.

Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the
basic requirements identified above.

Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate
functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

Part-Time Experience.

Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable
according to its relationship to full-time work week.

For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of
full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09 LEVEL:
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 KSAs at that level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate
the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the
assignment specific KSAs designated.

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.

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; and

6.

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

CERTIFICATION IN ULTRASOUND, CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR), AND BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE.

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 RADILOGIC TECHNOLOGIST

QUALIFICATION STANDARD

, dated March 2006.

VA Handbook 5005 at

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

(also available in the local Human Resources Office).

Physical Requirements:
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Functional Requirements:
Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), Use of fingers with both hands, walking (4 hours) and Standing (4 hours) with both legs, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted), Mental and Emotional Stability required.

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

.

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.

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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