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Registered Respiratory Therapist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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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 graded staff.
  • May lead projects developing new policies, procedures or protocols.

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 holidays.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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0601 General Health Science

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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 12/31/1959
  • 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 onboarding process


Basic Requirements:

  • 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 successor.
  • 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 this occupation).

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 modalities.
  • Skill in performing advanced airway and ventilation management.

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 education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Long Beach , Registered Respiratory Therapist, Other , Long Beach, California

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