Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albany, NY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 910265

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.

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 and leadership positions 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/”]

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-09 . 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Tour of Duty: Intermittent Schedule KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must pass pre-employment examination
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
Certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R) DUTIES:

The technologist will function as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist and Ultrasound Technologist for the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes. The incumbent must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment. The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation. Within this specialization there is a diverse range of ultrasound imaging sub-specialties including diagnostic medical sonography and diagnostic vascular technology. Incumbents at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in ultrasound and/or general radiologic technology services.

Receives and interprets requests for all ultrasound procedures. Incumbent performs ultrasound studies, records and processes images for interpretation by the staff radiologist. The spectrum of exams performed include abdomen for tumor, cysts, abscesses, hematomas, inflammatory processes such as pancreatitis or acute cholecystitis, retroperitonuem, aorta, kidneys, adrenals and nodes. Pelvic Exams including trans-vaginal for uterus and ovaries are performed. In addition, prostrate exams are performed using the trans-rectal transducer. Incumbent also performs many different exams related to vascular technology. Incumbent also performs many different exams related to vascular technology. Small parts including breasts and thyroids are examined. Ultrasound guided biopsies are also included. Knows and understands the principles of ultrasound and the highly specialized equipment well enough to essentially approve the acceptability or rejectability of each scan. Initial interpretation will be forwarded by the Ultrasound Technologist to the Radiologist before the final interpretation is made.

Secures the confidence and cooperation of patients during procedures. Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate. Varies procedures or positions to compensate for and adjust to patients' medical conditions. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for very difficult procedures. Administers contrast material orally, by enema, under supervision.

Receives and identifies patients, explains methods of procedures, assists movement of patients to and from wheelchairs, carts and tables, positions the patient and performs examinations requested. Coordinates and performs all examination scheduling. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges priorities to accommodate them. Maintains records of patients treated, exams performed, scans taken, etc.

Technologist is expected to troubleshoot equipment for error or malfunction. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Must be certified in General Radiologic Technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R)
Must have 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 associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) in radiology.

Preferred Experience:
** IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. **

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9 LEVEL: applicant must possess one (1) full year of specialize experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to this position being filled, and must fully meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level, In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA/ Job Elements and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA/ Job Elements 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 for 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. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

**We request that all applicants provide supporting justification that clearly demonstrates examples of your experience and/or training within the work history section of your resume. We cannot make assumptions pertaining to the lack of supporting information.**

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25. These standards are available for review in the local HR Office.

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.

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.

Physical Requirements: Position requires heavy lifting, reaching above shoulders, both hands required. Prolonged standing, walking, repeated bending required. Must have near vision correctable to 13”-16”, hearing (aid permitted), and emotional and mental stability. Must work with radiant energy, and work closely with others.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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. 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 .

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.

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.

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