Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist in Northport, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Northport, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview


The Northport VA Medical Center is recruiting for a full-time Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). 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-7 to GS-8. The professional Standards Board (a peer review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Salary Range for GS-7: $56,015 - 66,518 Per Annum

Salary Range for GS-8: $59,443 - $71,071 Per Annum




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This vacancy is located in the Medical Service at the Northport VA Medical Center located in Suffolk County, New York on Long Isalnd, approximately one hour from New York City.

The Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) is responsible for the rendering of safe and effective respiratory care and associated diagnostic services ordered by and in collaboration with the physiciain on all tours of duty with minimal or no direct supervision. The RRT in VHA performs or supervises work concerned with admiistering respiratory care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities.

The incumbent participates in the complex decision making process of respiratory care on many levels including, but not limited to: patient observation, analysis and evaluation for the purpose of the commencement, modification or termination of these services.

In the critical care setting, patients with impending acute respiratory failure require many aspects of the following areas of care and diagnostic services. These functions may be expanded as the scope and complexity of this discipline changes in response to current trends in medical care. Therefore the major functions include, but are not limited to:


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (ll:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Registered Respiratory Therapist

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.
  • Certified and Registered for RRT

Basic Requirements:

*Citizenship. (Non Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy).

*Registration - Candidates must possess a Certificate as a Registered Respiratory Therapist from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) 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 1932, 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 Therapist from 1961 through June 1974.

*Candidate must meet the physical requirements for this position

*Must be proficient in spoken and written English

Grade Requirements:

For GS-7: None beyond the basic requirements noted above.

For GS-8: In addition to meeting the basic requirements noted above, 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 l3evage, 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.

Preferred Experience: Preferred applicants will have a minimum of one year of experience in a hospital setting working independently.

NOTE: 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; religious; 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.

Reference: VA handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, dated April 15, 2002 - Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard, VA/VHA.

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:Candidate must meet the physical requirements for this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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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. 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.

Salary Range: $56,015.00 to $71,071.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: First Area of Consideration: Permanent Agency Employees

Control Number: 453550500

Job Announcement Number: BF-17-CK-1780744-BU