Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist in Chillicothe, Ohio

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Chillicothe, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1818191

Notes:Employees of the Chillicothe, Ohio VA Medical Center will receive first consideration, but must have been in their position as a permanent employee for at least 90 days to be considered.

Chillicothe,Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

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 Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is located at the VA Medical Center, Chillicothe, OH under Medical/Surgical Care Line Service. The RRT is responsible for providing basic and advanced respiratory care services in addition to Cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing to adult and geriatric patients at the VA Medical Center.

  • It is necessary for the Respiratory Therapist be knowledgeable regarding the basic treatment of all age groups of patients.
  • The Respiratory Therapist plans, implements, and evaluates the effectiveness of respiratory care and must be able to operate a variety of equipment including: mechanical ventilators, positive airway pressure devices (PAP), non-invasive ventilators (NIVPP/CPAP/BiPAP/Auto PAP), pulmonary function analyzers, oxygen monitors/analyzers, blood gas analyzers/co-oximeters, and video bronchoscopes, video glidescope for intubation, etc.
  • The Respiratory Therapist will performs a variety of diagnostic procedures such as, pulmonary function testing, cardiac stress testing, cardiac monitor set up and analysis, EKG, EEG, Sleep studies, and other procedures as designated within their scope of practice.
  • If the therapist is unfamiliar with sleep medicine, the therapist may be trained in Sleep medicine and expected to obtain their registry in sleep medicine within one year after completion of sleep training.
  • The Respiratory Therapist performs mask fitting for sleep patients, compliance studies, set parameters on PAP devices that are issued to outpatients and inpatients.
  • Respiratory Therapist educate all veterans they treat.
  • Consults with the supervisor in unusual situations for which there are no clear precedents. The Respiratory Therapist provides professional assessment, coordination and planning of respiratory care services; acts on behalf of the veteran to assure that necessary clinical services are received.
  • The Respiratory Therapist will be required to render all modalities of cardiopulmonary therapeutics and treatments as authorized by their license under the Ohio Respiratory Care Board Rules and Regulation.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 - 4:00pm OR 8:00-am - 4:30pm. This position requires rotation of all shifts, days of the week, weekends, and including Holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#:Registered Respiratory Therapist, FS # 000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Basic Requirements:

  • 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.)

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist: Has a certificate as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) AND a registry number, OR a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This includes registration based on either:

(1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or

(2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.

  • Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

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: The candidate tentatively selected will be peer reviewed by the Professional Standards Board and must meet Board requirements prior to appointment. This Board will evaluate the candidate qualifications for the position and determine the grade level. The incumbent selected will be appointed at the appropriate grade level based on (1) qualifying experience related to the work of the position, and (2) upon meeting physical requirements. Applicant for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination, Healthcare Integrity and Protection Database (HIPDB) and List of Excluded Individuals Database (LEIE).

GS-7. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-8. Candidates must have all of the following:

(1) At least 1 year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care.

(2) Demonstrated knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment.

(3) Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.


VA Handbook 5005 reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE 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: 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: Ability to an access all patient care areas as required. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing or walking for prolonged periods of time; frequent bending, reaching, stooping, and stretching to set-up and take apart respiratory equipment and apparatus; lifting and repositioning patients; pushing or pulling heavy objects such as oxygen tanks, ventilators, medication carts, and etc. The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average dexterity to perform intricate respiratory therapy procedures.

Work Environment: The work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts that require special safety and health precautions. Example, working regularly with patients and in situations where there is risk of exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous materials, odors and/ or flammable gases, radiation, and blood and/or body fluids. The therapist is required to wear protective clothing such as gloves and a mask to prevent disease and the spread of infection.

Mental/Emotional Requirements:This position will be expected to understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information; understand, remember, and communicate routine, factual information; understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions; understand opposing points of view on highly complex issues and to negotiate and integrate different viewpoints; organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology; organize and triage/prioritize own work. check results for completeness and accuracy; compute, analyze, and interpret data for reporting purposes; understand and follow basic instructions and guidelines. Able to perform duties under normal conditions and under extreme mental and physical situations such as dealing with life-saving procedures and possible combative patients.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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

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.

Salary Range: $41,104.00 to $59,173.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-07/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452614900

Job Announcement Number: RW-17-SF-1818191-BU