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Diagnstc Radiologic Tech

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: November 18, 2021

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Summary

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist. Performs routine to moderately complex radiographic examination procedures. These exams are achieved by using diagnostic x-ray equipment such as fluoroscopic units, the chest unit and general diagnostic units (both direct digital and computed radiography), mobile x-ray units and mobile c-arm units. The incumbent will also assist with pain management procedures.
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Overview

  • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates

      10/21/2021 to 11/05/2021
    • Salary

      $43,165 - $69,061 per year
    • Pay scale & grade

      GS 6 - 8
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      Location

      1 vacancy in the following location:

      • Ann Arbor, MI 1 vacancy
      • Telework eligible

        No
      • Travel Required

        Not required
      • Relocation expenses reimbursed

        No
      • Appointment type

        Permanent
      • Work schedule

        Full-time
      • Service

        Competitive
      • Promotion potential

        None
      • Job family (Series)

        0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
      • Supervisory status

        No
      • Security clearance

        Not Required
      • Drug test

        Yes
      • Position sensitivity and risk

        Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
      • Trust determination process

        Credentialing

        Suitability/Fitness
      • Announcement number

        CBSR-11271726-22-JKF
      • Control number

        618845600

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        This job is open to

        • Federal employees - Excepted service

          Current excepted service federal employees.


        • The public

          U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


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          Duties
          • Prepares and administers contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing exams requiring injectable solutions such as cystogram, cholangiogram, and for the purpose of performing oral and rectal exams of the GI tract. In the case of injected media, a patient consent must be obtained, when indicated. These procedures require the use of needles, syringes, enema bags, gastrografin, iodonated contrast, and barium. When using these contrast materials, the radiographer must know their effects and adverse reactions.Improper use or administration of the contrast materials can run the risk of patient mortality, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of usage be possessed by those who prepare it. The incumbent must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Adverse reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient or equipment.
          • Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self.This is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead-lined walls and collimation. The technicians assure compliance to radiation regulations wearing film badges. The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed.
          • Performs direct digital and computed radiography procedures such as loading and unloading cassettes,operating digitizers in order to provide adequate and proper radiographic images. Responsible to the radiologists and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs.
          • Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients.Edits and when necessary registers patients in the computerized Radiology Information System (RIS) as well as the work list management portion of the HIS-RIS interface.e. Performs radiographic exams at the bedside and in the operating rooms providing diagnostic x-rays to the surgeons and professional staff on patients that are unable to be x-rayed in the Radiology Service due to incapacity or surgical procedures.This requires the use of portable x-ray and mobile C-arm units. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (08:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
            Financial Discloser Report: Not required

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            Requirements

            Conditions of Employment
            • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
            • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
            • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
            • You may be required to serve a probationary period
            • Subject to a background/security investigation
            • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
            • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
            • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
            • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel
              Qualifications

              BASIC REQUIREMENTS

              Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

              Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

              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) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

              Credentialing Standards. Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. 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 as radiographers in their field.

              English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

              GRADE REQUIREMENTS

              Creditable Experience.Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as clinical 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 certification requirements. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

              Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

              General Radiologic Technology (R). DRTs perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologists and other medical officers. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. All DRTs must be knowledgeable in Computerized Radiography (CR) and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS).

              Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:

              GS-5 DRT (Entry Level)

              (a) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

              (b) Assignment. DRTs at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures,unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help.Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion to higher grades in a functional area. Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

              GS-6 DRT (Developmental Level)

              (a) Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

              (b) Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve as developmental DRTs, performing examinations which are routine and standardized in nature. They explain exams to patients in terms they can understand as well as potential hazards. They also must troubleshoot equipment used for diagnostic radiology and exercise extreme caution in the handling and safeguarding of all radiation producing equipment. DRTs must report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner to service representatives, and assist higher graded technicians in performing more complicated examinations.

              (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, thecandidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

              1. Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure;

              2. Knowledge of anatomy and positioning;

              3. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures;

              4. Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment; and

              5. Ability to learn basic computer functions.

              GS-7 DRT (Advanced Developmental Level)

              (a) Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level or the successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field 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.

              (b) Assignment. DRTs at this level perform a substantially full range of duties but receive guidance and directions regarding unfamiliar or unusual situations for more complex patient issues. Candidates at this grade level may be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services.

              (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

              2. Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study;

              3. 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;

              4. Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and CR readers; and

              5. Knowledge of PACS, and basic computer skills;

              GS-8 DRT (Full Performance Level)

              (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

              (b) Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level.Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services.

              (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Education

              IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

              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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

              Additional information

              Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

              This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

              It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

              This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

              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.

              Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

              If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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                How You Will Be Evaluated

                You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

                IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

                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.

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                  To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
                  • Resume
                    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf.

                    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
                    • Cover Letter
                    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
                    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
                    • Disability Letter (VA)
                    • License
                    • OF-306
                    • Other (1)
                    • Other (2)
                    • Other (3)
                    • Performance Appraisal
                    • Professional Certification
                    • Resume
                    • Separation Notice (RIF)
                    • SF-15
                    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
                    • Transcript
                      Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If y

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