Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Salem, VA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 840651

OUR MISSION: 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.

Salem VA Medical Center (SVAMC) is seeking a full-time Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist to join its experienced staff of physicians and health professionals in the Imaging Service at the Medical Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. These procedures may be performed through the use of diagnostic x-ray equipment including fluoroscopic units, direct digital units, and general diagnostic units.

T he VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke, both of which are nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. The Salem & Roanoke metropolitan area provides its residents with a reasonable cost of living, affordable housing, low taxes, some of the finest public and private schools in Virginia, and many urban amenities traditionally expected of larger areas, including art and entertainment venues, museums and galleries, symphony, ballet, and competitive youth sports for the family. In addition to the rich diversity of metropolitan experiences available to our residents, the Roanoke Valley also offers numerous opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Smith Mountain Lake, beautiful mountainside wineries and golf courses, and a variety of National parks and wildlife areas.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s 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.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized. 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:
TOUR OF DUTY: Monday - Friday, 7:45am-4:30pm, with rotations including after-hours, weekend and holiday required.

As a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, you will be responsible for performing routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures using a variety of diagnostic x-ray equipment. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists radiologists in fluoroscopic examinations;
  • Prepares and administers contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions;
  • Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, self, and staff;
  • Performs processing of digital images using the CR system;
  • Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients;
  • Properly identifies patients and images;
  • Explains exams to competent patients to ensure understanding of procedures and associated risks, if any;
  • Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating room to provide digital imaging on patients unable to be examined in Radiology Service;
  • Supports CPT coding compliance;
  • Identifies, supports, and/or initiates performance improvement plans that utilize the facility model for quality improvement;
  • Monitors performance of Radiologic Technologist students from affiliated training programs; and
  • Pursues continuing education activities to stay current in techniques and maintain competencies.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must meet the appropriate qualification standard for Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists as defined by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • Citizenship. 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.)
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)(R).
  • 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.
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • English Language Proficiency. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
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.

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. 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 provide a evidence of ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification with your application in order to receive credit for that education.

APPLICANTS NOT CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AS A DIGNAOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR YOUR EDUCATION TO BE VERIFIED. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING ASSIGNED A RATING OF ITRS, INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION DUE TO MISSING TRANSCRIPTS.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria will be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:

GS-5 :
(a) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment. Employees at this level serve in a DRT career development position. It is expected that they receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patient issues, and require daily and direct supervision.

GS-6 :
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

(b) Education. The successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1 . Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure

2 . Knowledge of anatomy and positioning;

3 . Knowledge of all patient safety procedures;

4 . Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment; and

5 . Ability to learn basic computer functions.

GS-7 :
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting and/or in a specialized area. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

OR,

(b) Education. The successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field related to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled.

(c) Certification . Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.

(d) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1 . Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system;

2 . Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study;

3 . Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures;

4 . Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and computed radiography (CR) readers;

5 . Knowledge of PACS systems, CDROMS, and basic computer skills;

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

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

GS-8 :
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting and/or in a specialized area. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(b) Certification . Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
A review of each candidate’s application package, to include all required documentation, will be conducted to ensure that the candidate meets the qualifications required for this position. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration for employment. Candidates who meet the qualifications for this position will then be referred to the hiring official for review. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation and sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). In addition to “dollars and cents” benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. To learn more about benefits, visit: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status.

Veteran’s Preference: The primary consideration in making appointments of physicians under 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, will be the professional needs of VHA. Consistent with this policy, however, veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal. This includes qualified disabled veterans and preference eligible candidates as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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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