Advanced Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky
Internal Number: 724603700
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). 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). Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain certification within two years, or who fails to maintain the required certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-10 Technologists working in this special assignment may function as vascular interventional (VI), cardiac interventional (CI) and/or cardiovascular-interventional (CV) technologists which 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 regarding contrast agents, vital signs, medications, and physiologic monitoring to perform procedures. IR technologist must be knowledgeable in digital imagining and PACS.] Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9), directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Assignments: Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as performing general diagnostic procedures. At this grade level, any assignment in a single modality must demonstrate significant complexity. Such assignments are unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology, Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) regulations, and intermediate QM type duties within the program. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs: Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, dose monitoring, and genetic changes. Ability to utilize advanced imaging software that supports complex imaging programs and recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, to understand the operation of the equipment. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of highly complex imaging (CT, MRI, IR, ultrasound, mammography) studies.] References: VA Handbook 5005/119 PART II APPENDIX G25 December 13, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-10. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. In accordance with Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer Bulletin, Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages, dated September 30, 2022; Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, 0647 (all specializations are included) are not subject to Veterans Preference. This will continue until September 30, 2023. Veterans Preference will not be collected for this announcement. ["Employees must have advanced knowledge of complex equipment and specific attention to detail. Technologist performs highly specialized and complex examination in these areas: cardiovascular/interventional radiology/electrophysiological. The cardiovascular-interventional radiology specialty requires additional knowledge of vascular systems and major vessel anatomy. The technologist independently reviews each patient consult to assure that the patient history and are a of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. If a discrepancy exists, the technologist will make an independent determination and take the appropriate corrective action including contacting the referring physician or nurse manager if necessary. The technologist will need to interview the patient to confirm clinical information. If some information indicates a contraindication the technologist will consult with the nurse assigned to the patient to receive clarification. The technologist verifies the patient's identity using the JCAHO recommended method. The technologist verifies the patient's demographic information to be sure it is correct. The technologist will participate in the JCAHO required \"Time-Out\" process. Assists in fluoroscopy with the internal and external placement of cardiac pacemaker. The technologist checks on the control panels, monitors and recorders for proper function and oversees the correct and proper settings of the radiographic equipment. The technologist is solely responsible for all technical radiologic factors used. The technologist independently reviews each patient consult to assure that the patient history and are a of complaint is consistent with the exam requested. If a discrepancy exists, the technologist will make an independent determination and take the appropriate corrective action including contacting the referring physician or nurse manager if necessary. The technologist will need to interview the patient to confirm clinical information. If some information indicates a contraindication the technologist will consult with the nurse assigned to the patient to receive clarification. The technologist verifies the patient's identity using the JCAHO recommended method. The technologist verifies the patient's demographic information to be sure it is correct. The technologist will participate in the JCAHO required \"Time-Out\" process. Assists in fluoroscopy with the internal and external placement of cardiac pacemaker. The technologist checks on the control panels, monitors and recorders for proper function and oversees the correct and proper settings of the radiographic equipment. The technologist is solely responsible for all technical radiologic factors used. The technologist assists the cardiologist, nurses, and other techs by performing ancillary tasks in order to function as an integral member of the cardiac catheterization team. The technologist monitors the supplies and maintains stock necessary to perform all standard procedures. The technologist must be familiar with a wide variety of computerized equipment. This includes angiographic equipment, digital fluoroscopy, Sensis monitoring system, St. Jude EP equipment, and hospital computer systems such as CPRS and VISTA. The technologist must make continuous assessment of the image quality and equipment function for optimum performance. The technologist will determine if image quality problem can be corrected independently or if the problem needs to be reported to the supervisor and/or Biomed. The technologist is able to work in a surgical environment where sterile technique is practiced. The technologist must maintain the assigned room with proper medical supplies needed for optimal patient care and efficiency. The technologist will be required to wear a lead apron and be on their feet for an extended period of time. The technologist assists in record keeping and running of reports that are necessary and takes an active role in Radiology and safety programs. - Knowledge of PACS system (Picture, Archive, and Communication System). Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. Ability to communicate with staff, Cardiologists, and other members of the health care team. Ability to apply new scientific/technical developments. Performs other related issues as assigned. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:00pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN9HREDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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