Location: Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina
Internal Number: 716755900
The Radiology Service of the Columbia VA Health Care System located in Columbia SC is recruiting for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT)/(Interventional Radiology Technologist). The DRT-IR serves as the technologist responsible for the coordination and performance of angiographic, complex vascular, non-vascular, therapeutic and diagnostic radiology procedures. 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 Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or Mammography (M) duties performed independently, as applicable. 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. 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 other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). 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 5, 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 U.S. Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field. Creditable Experience (1) 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. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic certification requirements identified in paragraph 2b above. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination. (3) 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. Cardiovascular-Interventional Technology (CV). Cardiovascular-interventional technologists (CV) use specialized equipment to perform diagnostic angiographic procedures and complex vascular and nonvascular interventional and therapeutic procedures. This specialty requires additional knowledge of vascular systems and major vessel anatomy. The technologist must be knowledgeable in the specialized equipment employed for digital subtraction systems and interventional procedures. The technologist administers contrast media under the supervision of the staff radiologist and confers with the radiologist to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiologic monitoring to perform procedures. CV technologists must be knowledgeable in CR and 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-9 DRT Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level, which include: Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines; Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed; Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results; Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed; Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. 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 the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): a. Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures; b. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. *c. Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure; d. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography; e. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions; and f. Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients. References: VA Handbook 5005/77 Part II Appendix G25 Preferred Experience: 1 year experience The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. Physical Requirements: The individual must have the physical ability to perform job-related duties which require heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, standing up to 6 hours, wearing PPE (Lead Apron) up to 6 hours, bending, transferring. stooping, stretching, walking, pushing, or pulling without assistance from another patient care provider or significant other. A health examination must be successfully complete prior to this assignment and periodically thereafter as required by the Employee Health Clinic policy. ["This announcement is to establish an applicant pool to fill vacancies more quickly as they occur. Eligible applications will be reviewed for consideration as vacancies occur, but no sooner than 15 business days after the opening date of the announcement. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals. Overview of the duties for this position include but are not limited to: As a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/Interventional Radiologic Technologist (IR) the incumbent will perform duties in the Department of Radiology as a DRT and Interventional Radiology Technologist, you will operate independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the coordination and performance of diagnostic radiology imaging and angiographic procedures, and complex vascular and non-vascular and therapeutic procedures. Performs procedures within the interventional section which requires the use of needles, syringes, isovue, omnipaque and other contrast mediums. Perform duties as scrub technologist while assisting the Interventional Radiologist, have knowledge of sterile technique, various glidewires, guidewires and catheters. Prepares contrast materials under the direction of the radiologist for the purpose of performing procedures/exams requiring injectable solutions. Perform Diagnostic imaging, Portables and Fluoroscopy exams. Ensures all documentation required for the completion of exams is done specific computer systems and adequate quantity of supplies for General radiology and Interventional Radiology are available. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. When assigned OR Duties, Tour of Duty is 7:30am-4:00pm. Rotating weekends and holidays, (Subject to change based on agency needs). Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Permanent Change of Station: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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