Indian Health Service Respiratory Therapist DE in Gallup, New Mexico

Indian Health Service
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Gallup, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 7/29/2016 (88 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number* IHS-16-GA-1764533-ESEP/MP*; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This is an open continuous announcement. To remain in active status for positions announced under this open continuous announcement, ensure you keep your application information updated. Failure to keep information updated will result in "expired application" status and you will no longer be considered for future openings.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Navajo Area Indian Health Service, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico. This position is located in the Respiratory Therapy Department of the Gallup Indian Medical Center and reports to the Supervisory Respiratory Therapist. Incumbent performs professional Respiratory/Inhalation Therapy duties for the care of patients with a variety of injuries and illnesses in various inpatient and outpatient departments.

  • Performs airway and tubal care on intensive care patients including cleaning and securing endotracheal tube and site, monitoring cuff pressure and inspecting equipment and patients to insure proper functioning of ventilator.
  • Calibrate and operate complex respiratory equipment such as volume and pressure ventilators, Intermittent Positive pressure breathing machines (IPPB), Oximeter, oxygen analyzers, SPAG Units, Misto-gens, End-tital CO2 Monitors and Volume Monitors.
  • Identifies and corrects mechanical malfunctions of equipment used in the respiratory therapy service.
  • Provide patient and family training for home respiratory therapy care. Instructs pre-operative and post-operative patients on coughing and deep breathing exercises as needed.
  • Draws arterial, venous, and mixed venous blood samples from patients through arterial puncture, arterial catheter, Sean-Ganx or capillary puncture.
  • Calculate blood inspired gas relationships from raw data on blood gas analysis.
  • Performs Cardiopulmonary resuscitation as required in emergency cases.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Certification required in (CPR) and arterial blood gases on a yearly basis
  • A current, unrestricted license as Respiratory Therapist in US is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


For positions at GS-4 and above: Qualifying specialized experience must have demonstrated a knowledge of basic equipment used in respiratory therapy and included duties such as: Making regular rounds on hospital nursing units to review or collect clinical data to insure that the respiratory equipment is operating properly and in compliance with physicians' orders. Transporting, setting up, or testing the operation of and changing simple oxygen administering devices, e.g., masks and nasal cannulas with cylinder or centralized medical gas systems. Disassembling, cleaning, assembling, and sterilizing reusable respiratory equipment such as oxygen analyzers and regulators, including recognizing and reporting variations from expected results. Examples of qualifying experience include work as a practical nurse, nursing assistant, medical machine aid, medical technician, or respiratory therapy aid if the above duties were performed. OR For GS-4: Education and Training: Successful completion of a 2-year accredited course of study leading to an associate's degree in respiratory therapy. OR General and Specialized Experience: your resume must demonstrate at least 6 months of general experience and at least 6 months of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-03 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing the work of a respiratory therapist.

For GS-5: Education and Training: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy. OR Specialized Experience: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing the work of a respiratory therapist.

GS-06: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing the work of a respiratory therapist.

GS-07: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing the work of a respiratory therapist. Specialized experience should demonstrate the following: Experience performing routine respiratory therapy treatment to hospital ward patients, such as oxygen therapy, humidity therapy, and/or administering chest physical therapy, and leading patients in breathing exercises; setting up and monitors respiratory equipment such as volume and pressure ventilators, respiratory monitor, mass spectrometer, rebreather, and oxygen monitor; making adjustments in mechanical ventilator settings to maintain in patient's respiratory stability; applying advanced ventilator techniques such as positive and end expiratory pressure (PEEP), intermittent mandatory ventilation (IMV), and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP); performing bedside diagnostic tests; assisting physicians in placing artificial airways; performing routine respiratory therapy treatment to hospital ward patients; initiating artificial ventilator using either mouth to mouth techniques or a manual ventilation bag; and performing basic spirometry.

  • OR- Successfully completing one year of graduate education (Master's level) in respiratory therapy.

GS-08: Candidates must have at least 1 year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-08 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.


Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

Measles and Rebella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $28,886.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0651-04/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 446167200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GA-1764594-DE