Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Salt Lake City, UT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826187

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.

The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (VASLCHCS) is made up of compassionate employees committed to caring for Veterans whose sacrifices know no limit. We are part of the Rocky Mountain Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 19). Our health care system consists of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and nine community clinics across Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. We provide health care to over 50,000 eligible Veterans across one of the largest geographical areas in VA. We are a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, holistic medicine as well as education and research in partnership with the University of Utah and other institutions of higher education. Comprehensive health care is provided through our primary care providers and tertiary care is offered in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. 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.

If you are an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, you should apply under the announcement UT-TS6367-2017-1826240-BU.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Observes and assesses critically ill patients using physical examination, verbal and written communication from patients, family, and other healthcare team members, critical care monitoring devices, lab and test results, and other data as relevant to patient care. Administers/implements therapeutic measures as ordered, including but not limited to, mechanical ventilation, BiPAP, CPAP, artificial airway evaluation and care, suctioning, sputum collection, administration of medications, obtaining ABGs, percussion and postural drainage, equipment/supply changes per hospital and department policies and EKGs. Identifies and responds to both existing and potential emergency situations by initiating corrective treatment, medications, and emergency and resuscitative measures based on appropriate utilization of physician orders, unit and hospital guidelines, and Respiratory Care Center protocol. Communicates significant information in a timely, knowledgeable, and professional manner to physicians, other healthcare personnel, patients, and family members to facilitate safe and effective delivery of patient care. Identifies patient/family education needs and provision of patient/family teaching on matters involving or affecting patient care, including nutritional, psychosocial, and age-specific or developmental needs. Supports and participates in medical center programs and responsibilities regarding safety, quality improvement, risk management, infection control, policy and procedure revisions, staff meetings, in-services, and other functions are they arise. Contributes to the ongoing creation of a supportive and positive work climate of mutual respect and collaboration among healthcare team members, patients, families, and others interacting with the Respiratory Care Center. Performs and supervises cardiopulmonary functions such as pulmonary function tests, exercise stress testing, assistance with diagnostic/invasive bronchoscopies, and other interventional/diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures that arise. Manages and maintains respiratory care equipment and procedures, to include training, documentation, infection control, quality improvement, and accountability.

Work Schedule: Intermittent work schedule. Various hours and various days.

Funtional Statement Title/#: Respriatory Therapist/FS#000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • ### Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist: Applicants must possess a valid and current certificate as a Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body, which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This included certification based on either: (1) Having successfully completed a respiratory therapy technician (1 year) or respiratory therapy program accredited by the Joint Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education and having passed the entry level examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or (2) Having a certificate as a respiratory or inhalation therapy technician based on passing an entrance examination administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from 1975 through 1982; (2) Technician Certification Board of the American Association for Respiratory Therapy from 1972 through 1974; or (3) Technician Certification Board of the American Association for Inhalation Therapy from 1969 through 1971.

Preferred Experience: A Bachelors of Science Degree and one year of experience with patients in critical care is preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations: GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining appropriate grade assignments.


None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-0601-08 (1) At least 1 year of experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Experience at this level is work which included 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 and 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 solely responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members.

References: VA Handbook 5005 reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard.

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: 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: This work involves considerable walking, bending, standing, twisting, and lifting of equipment and assisting patient with turning, moving, and transferring from one positon to another or from bed to chair, wheelchair, stretcher, or bedside commode.

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 DD214(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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (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 your 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.

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Other Information

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: $46,679.00 to $60,735.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-07/08

Promotion Potential: 8

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All United States Citizens

Control Number: 453490100

Job Announcement Number: UT-TS6367-2017-1826187-BU