This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent [can operate independently] and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. [In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist.] Education: Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency: DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Must have advanced ARRT Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) certification. Grade Determinations: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (GS-09) Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments: [Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist]. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex imaging procedures beyond the full performance level, clinical instruction, and basic QM type duties within the program. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): i. *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures. ii. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. iii. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure. iv. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography. v. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions. vi. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients. References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part ll, Appendix G25, date December 13, 2019. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists. Qualification Standard GS-0647. http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf this can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work include: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); prolonged walking, prolonged standing; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); speed in working; and emotional stability. Must have the ability to stand and work while wearing a lead apron for possibly long periods of time. Work is performed in a health care setting. Work may involve exposure to infection and possible contagious diseases. Standard precautions and isolation techniques will be employed as indicated. There is occasion where response to physical and/or verbal abuse by patients requires knowledge gained from ongoing violence in the workplace training. Working conditions include outside and inside work, exposure to radiant energy, constant noise (machinery/equipment), working around hazardous machinery with moving parts, working closely with others. OCHCO Bulletin Subject: Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages, dated September 30, 2022. This authority permits the Secretary to recruit and appoint qualified individuals to occupations reported as having the largest staffing shortages, notwithstanding 5 U.S.C. §§ 3304 and 3309 through 3318 (i.e., competitive service and Veterans' preference). While this authority supports VHA in addressing staffing shortages and the need to be flexible in hiring top talent to support urgent mission needs, the VA highly encourages the hiring of Veterans. ["Employees at this grade level are to be qualified to provide Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Diagnostic Radiology services at the full performance level. The technologist will perform technical work in support of Diagnostic Imaging Service under the direction of a physician and assists the radiologist in complex exams and procedures. The technologist will be required to operate all MRI equipment and will have knowledge of the required MRI safety factors as outlined by the ACR and site-specific MRI SOP. The position is located at the Gainesville VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. The technologist will have to travel to the surrounding Medical Centers within NF/SG Diagnostic Imaging Service to perform MRI duties. Preforms routine and complex MRI examinations and procedures Must have knowledge of cross-sectional anatomy Must have specialized knowledge in the radio-frequency surface coils required for each specific anatomical area to be imaged as well each type of MRI scanner Must have the ability to start IV's Observes all MRI safety guidelines set forth by the ACR and Medical Center Performs routine radiographic examinations Operates both fixed and mobile radiographic equipment Prepares and administers contrast agents Prepares room, equipment, power injector, coils and all materials needed for patient care Prepares request and consults in Vista and CPRS Transports Patients Performs image archival and case editing of procedures Other duties as assigned Preferred experience in using computerized health record Knowledge of spatial gradient fields Preferred knowledge of basic MRI Physics Occasional travel may be required to other NF/SG Health Care System locations Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 3:00pm-11:30pm / Mon-Tues 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-8:30pm / Thurs-Fri 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat -Sun 8:00am-8:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 573-FS-114-13 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact NFSG: V8_EDRP_NFSG@va.gov , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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