This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of COVID-19
operations. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible
applications will be March 30, 2021 and applicants will be referred
on an 'as needed' basis. NOTE: Announcement will remain open until
no longer needed but no later than April 30, 2021.
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The Registered Respiratory Therapist will be assigned to
interested facilities throughout VHA in support of COVID-19
operations and may be permanently or temporarily appointed on an
intermittent, part-time or full-time schedule.
RRTs at this grade level work independently providing
respiratory care in both inpatient and/or outpatient settings. The
specific assignments are dependent on facility structure and
complexity levels, but typically include:
- Utilize data and patient assessment to establish appropriate
plan of care and determine if outcomes are being met.
- Consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals to
ensure quality of patient care within area of specialty.
- Manage and maintain the airway and ventilation of the patient
using appropriate mechanical means.
- Determine and implement complex respiratory care such as
protocols, respiratory modalities, bronchoscopy, medications or
supplemental oxygen and intubation.
- Monitor critical systems
- Utilize advanced modes of ventilation and outpatient services
such as home ventilators and COPD case management
- Recommend alternate modes of treatment where indicated based on
assessment and analysis of patient response to treatment.
- RRTs at this grade level may perform invasive procedures such
as arterial line placement, and serve as a preceptor to lower
- May lead projects developing new policies, procedures or
Work Schedule: Varies based on facility needs. A variety of work
schedules are available; Work schedule will be determined upon
selection. NOTE: May be expected to work rotating weekends and
Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is a
Base-Line Salary for a full-time work schedule. Starting salary
will be set based on locality (which may include a special pay rate
depending upon location), as well as Full Time, Part Time or
Intermittent work schedules.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Certain locations are deemed
as 'Hard to Fill' and 'may' offer Recruitment Incentives, but such
an Incentive is not guaranteed.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses: Not Available
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens
may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, of
this part. See 38 U.S.C. 7407(a) for more information
- Education. Individuals must have successfully completed a
respiratory care program accredited by the CoARC or its
- Licensure. Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in
the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of
employment a full, current and unrestricted license from a state to
practice as an RRT.
- Credential. Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in
the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of
employment a valid, current, unrestricted credential of RRT.
- English Language Proficiency. RTs/RRTs appointed to direct
patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written
English as required by 38U.S.C. 7403(f).
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
Preferred Experience: Certification as an RRT in a specialty
area, such as Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT),
Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT), Sleep Disorders
Specialist (SDS), Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
(RPSGT), Asthma Educator Certification (AE-C) Certification, or
Adult Critical Care Specialist.
Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic
requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria
must be met:
To qualify for the GS-11 grade, you must possess one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the
federal government (GS-09).
Examples of specialized experience may include: to obtain,
interpret and analyze physiological specimens and data; consult
with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure
quality of patient care within area of specialty; manage and
maintain the airway and ventilation of the patient through the use
of appropriate mechanical means; assess and evaluate patients to
determine and recommend intervention to develop and implement a
plan of care, such as, implementing protocols, intubation,
monitoring critical systems and uses advanced modes of ventilation;
and provide outpatient services such as home ventilators, PAP
therapy, oxygen therapy and COPD care.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.
In addition to the requirements above, candidates must
demonstrate all the following KSAs:
- Ability to collaboratively consult with physicians and other
healthcare professionals for complex respiratory care to develop
care plans to provide favorable patient outcomes.
- Skill in evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic
- Skill in performing advanced airway and ventilation
References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G11. REGISTERED
RESPIRATORY THERAPIST, GS-0601
Physical Requirements: Work is primarily performed in patient
care areas, inpatient and outpatient. Extensive interaction with
patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors is
involved. It may involve walking, standing, and bending, reaching
and stretching to set-up and taking apart equipment, lifting and
positioning patient and carrying, pushing or pulling moderate heavy
objects (15-44 lbs).
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. NOTE: This applies to the past, current, and upcoming VA
Health Professional Trainees (HPT) only. HPT is an individual
appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical
facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to
satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health
Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or
Without Compensation (WOC)")
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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