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. 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), 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. [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 [other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE).] [NOTE: Assignment to the clinical program director requires meeting JRCERT minimum educational standards as noted in the assignment description.] (1) 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 U.S. Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field. 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), and7407(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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates: Preferred Experience: Lead or Supervisory experience IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist 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. [The technologist] functions as a supervisor for a group of DRTs at the GS-9 level and below which may include support staff. [The technologist] evaluates new products and equipment, making recommendations to supervisor concerning upgrades/new purchases that would improve operations. [The technologist] informs higher level management of anticipated staffing variances and informally recommends promotions, reassignments, or other personnel changes such as retention or release of probationary employees, and recognition of superior performance in the diagnostic radiologic area. [The technologist] directs the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through the supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff. Experience must demonstrate practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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 analyze organizational, technical, and administrative problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient section operation. ii. Ability to evaluate quality management procedures and processes. iii. *Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity. iv. *Skill in developing new policies and guidelines as needed. v. Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution. References: VA Handbook 5005/119 PART II APPENDIX G25 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting & carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling and pushing (Up to 7 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking and standing (Up to 7 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision 20/50 and 20/100; Emotional/mental stability. ["Incumbent supervises the technical staff of the Imaging Service to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities and high-quality technical production. The incumbent will supervise employees during evening, night and weekend hours. Duties involve providing clinical coverage in computed tomography (CT) in addition to their supervisory duties. Hours for these duties will depend upon the needs of the service. Incumbent supports the Supervisory Specialty Imaging Manager, who provides direct supervision of the position. Functions (Supervisory): Direct supervision that is responsible for performance evaluations for the following specialty modalities in Imaging Service: General Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) and Ultrasound (US). Incumbent must be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) and will perform continuing education to satisfy requirements for such. The incumbent will also maintain (Basic Life Saving) BLS certification. Coordinates all work performed by the designated technical staff. Makes changes in workflow or assignment of functions to improve workflow and services rendered, promote job satisfaction and increase productivity. Incumbent will ensure emergent work is done promptly and efficiently. Coordinates patient flow throughout the department but with special emphasis in General Radiology, CT, US and MRI. This involves working with other hospital staff and clinicians to work out problems and changes that affects outside organizations. Recommends and submits to higher authority for changes that may increase costs or affect employees' status, limit services rendered, or affect work outside the Imaging Service. Is prepared to handle substantial changes in workload demand including justifying changes in staffing levels, priorities and deadlines. Has significant input on budget requirements for General Radiology, CT, US and MRI based on experience, anticipated workload and production capability of work force and submits to Supervisory Specialty Imaging Manager. Coordinates and supervises quality assurance activities of technical staff in all assigned areas. Ensures adequate supplies to meet workload demands. Responsible, by delegation or hands on approach, to ensure that the designated cabinets in all rooms are stocked with necessary supplies at all times with special attention to emergency equipment. Ensures that all exam rooms are neat and clean at all times. Assigns employees to positions and/or work assignments based on consideration of several factors including the difficulty and type of work, availability, capability and experience. Issues oral and written instructions for non-routine or more complex assignments. Resolves scheduling and back-up coverage problems on off-hour and weekend shifts and is responsible for vacation coverage on these shifts. Assists in providing coverage when unexpected staff shortages occur during regular and irregular tours-of-duty. Completes and ensures all mandatory training is completed by all staff. Fills in as necessary due to staffing shortages when required.Perform CT examinations of head, chest, abdomen, spine, pelvis, and extremities. These exams are performed with and/or without the use of IV or oral contrast materials.Perform CT angiography of head, neck, chest abdomen, pelvis, and extremities with IV contrast utilizing pressure injector.Prepare IV contrast materials for CT exams. The technologist must understand contraindications for IV contrast (i.e. lab values and medications). Monitor patient after IV injection and be able to respond appropriately to contrast reaction. Perform CT reconstructions when requested or when part of a standard protocol. The technologist must possess the ability to operate 3D workstation to obtain 3D reformats. Receive requests or instructions for procedures from the Radiologist or medical officers. Independently explains procedures and positions patients for difficult procedures. Administers contrast materials orally, rectally, or intravenously. Responsible for stocking and inventory of all CT related materials. Operates radiology equipment including pressure injectors and patient monitors. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; Hours 4:00p - 12:00a EDRP Authorized: Contact Cheryl.Lahair, Cheryl.Lahair@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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