Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist (Intermittent) in Loma Linda, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817325

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.


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The Professional Standards Board (PSB) (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) are active care providers who are responsible and accountable for assigned patient care. RRT use professional clinical skills in carrying out duties which as their goal have an optimal therapeutic outcome for each individual patient. The following functions will be performed. Systematically collects data from the patient and/or significant other by interview, examination, and review of records. Analyzes and compares the patient's health status to the norm. Identifies patient problems in collaboration with other health care team members. Utilizes established policies and procedures regarding prescribed medication, treatments, equipment use, and patient care. Elicits information by observing patient behavior, patient examination, chart review, interviewing the patient and family, and collaborating with other health care team members. Documents patient responses or lack of response to respiratory care on forms. Initiates and participates in patient care planning with physician in collaboration with other health care team members. Participates in studies and clinical research within the area of assignment.

Work Schedule:Intermittent. Work schedule does not have a set tour of duty, work is on-call and as needed. Hours of work is not guaranteed every pay period. Work availability includes days, nights, weekdays and weekends.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination or PPD/TB Skin test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Certification as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent.
  • English Language Proficiency.RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

GS-07*Specialized Experience that is directly related to this position includes:* None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-08*Specialized Experience that is directly related to this position includes:*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.

(2)Demonstrated knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment.

(3)Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G11, dated April 15, 2002.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pound and over; heavy carrying, 45 pound and over; straight pulling; pushing; kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; must be able to listen to breath sounds with a stethoscope.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES:Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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 PLEASE 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 at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. **

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. during our review, if your résumé and application package do not support questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding application notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Salary Range: $54,848.00 to $69,779.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-07/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens in Southern California

Control Number: 452391400

Job Announcement Number: LL-17-COl-T38H-1817325-BU