Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist in Decatur, Georgia
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
8 vacancies in the following location:
- Decatur, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Thursday 5/5/2016 (174 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1698572
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
The Radiation Oncology Service Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist is a graduate of an approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidence by a certificate or an associate's degree from an accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (T).
The Radiation Oncology Service is a part of a large, complex, VA Medical Center with consults and referrals from surrounding VISN Medical Centers of Orlando, Gainesville, Lake City and multiple outpatient clinics.
Delivery of prescribed therapeutic radiation for the purpose of cancer and abnormal cell growth treatments. These treatments are performed by utilizing a Linear Accelerator. Performs CT scan for treatment planning simulation, fabrication of cast blocks, compensators and customized patient immobilization devices.
VA Atlanta is actively recruiting for Therapeutic Radiologic Technologists
Duties include, but are not limited to:
As a Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist, you will:
Schedules treatments in a manner as to optimize accelerator times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate simulation and treatment.
Performs quality control of the treatment machines by taking recorded readings every morning prior to patient treatments using the dosimetry verification and record system for each energy level. Obtaining weekly machine check for rotational therapy and electronic dynamic wedge verification.
Identifies individual patient by the required identification methods set forth by hospital policy before simulation or radiation treatment is delivered.
Verifies patient consent and treatment area.
Prepares contrast materials that are to be used for treatment simulations. Insures proper use or administration of the contrast materials to avoid the risk of patient mortality, therefore it is essential that the therapist has a thorough understanding of contrast material usage.
Must be alert to patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient.
Properly operates CT simulator, provides reproducible patient treatment position sets-ups. That can be accurately used for daily treatments on the Linear Accelerator.
Provides custom patient immobilization devices as requested.
After CT scan is acquired and isocenter or reference point is obtained, the therapist will provide set up DDR's for use in treatment planning and transfer the data set to the dosimetry section.
Performs and or has knowledge of all darkroom procedures such as loading and unloading cassettes, operating film processor, and maintaining processing chemical supply to assure adequate and properly processed radiographs.
Maintains adequate supplies in the department and work stations.
Maintains treatment rooms and equipment in a clean, neat, and safe condition at all times, as well as ensures appropriate supply availability.
Notifies physics staff of equipment issues and follows instruction. Reports all environmental and/or equipment issues by the use of the computerized work order system reporting to the Bio-Med department.
Performs irregular hour emergency treatments on standby, 24 hours per day coverage, with availability within 2 hours from receipt of call so that proper and effective emergency care can be given to the patient.
Knowledgeable of the Rad-Cal program for use with emergency patients.
Works with Radiation Oncologists, Residents, Therapeutic Medical Physicists, Dosimetrists, Department Nurse, Research Nurse, Social Worker, and Clerical staff, as a member of the radiation therapy team to effectively and efficiently accomplish the goals of the radiation therapy team.
Continually keeping current with new developments in the field of radiation therapy and being able to utilize the new technologies available.
Providing the patients with accurate and compassionate treatment.
Follows established safety practices and reports to supervisor as promptly as possible, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices or any occupational illness or injury sustained. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and uses proper protective equipment as required.
Participates in reviewing, revising or authoring policies and procedures as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Salary to be determined by the Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Professional Standards Board. Recruitment/Relocation expenses and/or incentives are not authorized.
Duty Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, subject to on-call
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
VA Handbook 5005/22, Part II, Appendix G26, THERAPEUTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTQUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 14, 2008, http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/DirectHand.htm.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:All applicants must meet the following requirements:
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Certification: All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T).
c.* Experience or Education.* Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education.
(1) Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. 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 Department of Education, and be certified (registered) as radiation therapists in their field.
* *(2) Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (T) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate TRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
* (a) Knowledge of Current Therapeutic Radiologic Technology Practice. *To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current therapeutic radiologic technology practice including Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), digital imaging, and Computed Radiography (CR) readers.
(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified in paragraph 2.b. above. Experience as a graduate TRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a TRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the following (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skillS
(a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs are defined in the assignments which follow.
c) Assignment. TRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time:
(a)Experience. Completion of at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, that is directly related to the position to be filled and that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to provide services as a dosimetrist, therapeutic radiologic technology team leader, or supervisory TRT, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
(b) Certification. For employees in a dosimetrist position at this level, certification in medical dosimetry (CMD) is highly desirable.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. KSAs are defined in the assignments which follow.
d) Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. TRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:
- Supervisory Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist.Functions as a supervisor for a group of TRTs which includes employees assigned to TRT positions above the full performance level. Evaluates new products and equipment to make recommendations to supervisor concerning upgrades or new purchases that would improve operations. Informs higher level management of anticipated staffing variances and recommends promotions, reassignments, or other personnel changes such as retention or release of probationary employees, periodic step increases, and recommending recognition of superior performance in the therapeutic radiologic oncology area.
a. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient section operation;
b. Ability to evaluate quality management procedures and processes;
c. Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity;
d. Ability to develop new policies and guidelines as needed; and
e. Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. IF YOUR RESUME DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE ANSWERS, WE WILL NOT ALLOW CREDIT FOR YOUR RESPONSE(S).
Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.
FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL (IF REQUIRED), AND RECEIPT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITIES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATA BANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting; heavy carrying; reaching above shoulders use of fingers, both hands required; walking (4+ hours); standing (up to 8 hours); repeated bending (2+ hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision corrected at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eye required; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include dust; fumes, smoke or gases; radiant energy; working closely with others.
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $56,392.00 to $84,672.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0648-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 438478700
Job Announcement Number: JV-16-TMH-1698572