Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Leavenworth, KS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
832822

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 range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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 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.

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

First area of consideration (AOC) will be given to AFGE permanent employees, Leavenworth VAMC. Second area of consideration will be given to additional EKHCS permanent employees. third AOC will be given to the public (U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals).

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

Must be certified in general radiologic technology by ARRT

DUTIES:
The Eastern Kansas Health Care System is currently recruiting for one (1) full time diagnostic Radiologic Technologist to serve at our Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, Leavenworth, KS. Position serves as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist. Duties include, but are not limited to:

Performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures.

Performs interventional procedures such as angiography, computerized tomography procedures, and/or bone density procedures.

Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions such as IVP, cystogram, cholangiograms, fistulagrams and anthrography for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract.

Uses specialized equipment to perform diagnostic angiographic procedures and complex vascular and non vascular interventional procedures.

Performs basic CT scanning examinations set by established protocols.

Troubleshoots equipment used in diagnostic radiological procedures.

Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating room.

Provides technology training to new radiology technology students and new employees.

Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self.

Work Schedule

: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with coverage of nights, weekends, Holidays as necessary. Taking call is also mandatory.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses

are not

authorized for this position.

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

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 certificate or an associates degree, accredited by the Joint Review committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)(R)

Proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Creditable Experience

. 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.

GS-5

Experience or Education

: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-6

Experience:
At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade (GS-5) level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skill, 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

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

Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure;

Knowledge of anatomy and positioning;

Knowledge of all patient safety procedures;

Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment; and

Ability to learn basic computer functions.

GS-7

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

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.

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

Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study;

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;

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

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

GS-8

Experience:
At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrate 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard

,

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

(also available in the local Human Resources Office)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a pre-employment examination prior to appointment. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Incumbent must be able to assist with patient positioning and transfer up to and including 50 pounds.

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.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...