Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist in Atlanta, Georgia
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
- Atlanta, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Wednesday 9/28/2016 (26 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1801592
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*About the Atlanta VA Medical Center: *The Atlanta VA Medical Center has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 in the hospital, 120 Community Living Center, and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VA Medical Center is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. The Atlanta VA Medical Center Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
**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.
The Radiology Service Line at the Atlanta VA Medical Center is currently hiring a Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist. The incumbent will perform CT treatment planning scans for treatment planning/tumor localization, deliver the prescribed therapeutic radiation for cancer therapy, and provide oversight, training and encouragement to other therapists. Additionally, he/she will:
Schedule treatments to optimize accelerator times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases; Prioritize scheduled patients and verify patient consent and treatment area; Identify individual patient by the required identification methods set forth by hospital policy before simulation or radiation treatment is delivered;
Perform quality control of the treatment machines by taking recorded readings every morning prior to patient treatments using the dosimetry verification and record system for each energy level; Obtain weekly machine check for rotational therapy and electronic dynamic wedge verification;
Prepare contrast materials that are to be used for treatment simulations; Ensure proper use or administration of the contrast materials to avoid the risk of patient mortality and maintain a thorough understanding of contrast material usage.
Properly operate CT simulator and provide reproducible patient treatment position sets-ups; Provide custom patient immobilization devices, as requested; Provide set up DDR's for use in treatment planning and transfer the data set to the dosimetry section;
Perform all darkroom procedures such as loading and unloading cassettes, operating film processor, and maintaining processing chemical supply to assure adequate and properly processed radiographs; Notify staff of equipment issues and report all environmental and/or equipment issues by the use of the computerized work order system reporting to the Bio-Med department; and
Stay abreast new developments in radiation therapy and utilize the new technologies available; Follow established safety practices and promptly report to supervisor unsafe conditions, unsafe practices or any occupational illness or injury sustained; Adhere to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and use proper protective equipment as required; Participate in reviewing, revising or authoring policies and procedures as needed.
Salary to be determined by the Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Professional Standards Board. Recruitment/Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, subject to on-call
Functional Statement Title/#: Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist; 508-504400
- Not Required
- 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
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
- Certification: All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T). YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
- Experience or Education. Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education. YOU MUST SUBMIT PROOF THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT (EITHER CERTIFICATION OR TRANSCRIPTS) WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
(1) Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. 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 (registered) as radiation therapists in their field.
* *(2) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (T) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate TRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
* (a) Knowledge of Current Therapeutic Radiologic Technology Practice. *To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current therapeutic radiologic technology practice including Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), digital imaging, and Computed Radiography (CR) readers.
(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified in paragraph 2.b. above. Experience as a graduate TRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a TRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. *Grade Determinations:*
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill.
For the GS-10 grade level, all applicants must have at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) that demonstrates the core competencies to perform the duties of the position. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
a. Ability to confer with radiation oncologist regarding simulation/CT procedure needed to yield the most optimal images needed for treatment planning procedures to be performed;
b. Knowledge of disease process, co-morbid conditions, and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for procedure to be performed;
c. Knowledge of radiographic fluoroscopic, CT, and combinations of modalities and ability to obtain the images for review by the radiation oncologist for localization of tumors, their extent, and ancillary areas needing treatment; and
*d. Ability to accurately transfer radiographic images to treatment planning and dosimetry for use in development of computer generated treatment plans.
References: VA Handbook 5005/22, Part II, Appendix G26, THERAPEUTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 14, 2008
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Physical Requirements: The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks. Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.
What To Expect Next
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL (IF REQUIRED), AND RECEIPT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITIES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATA BANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
Salary Range: $56,392.00 to $73,310.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0648-10/10
Promotion Potential: 10
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 450627800
Job Announcement Number: JV-16-NIO-1801592