This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until March 31, 2023. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be referred periodically every 15 days until the position is filled. Basic Requirements: 1. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 2. Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). Applicant MUST upload transcript and/or diploma at the time you apply to this announcement. 3. Certification: All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments above the full performance level. For this position, Computerized Tomography (CT) certifications is required. 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. A Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certifications for this position in computed tomography (CT) is required. Applicant must upload ARRT (R)(CT) certification at the time of application to this announcement. Credentialing Standards: Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. 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 U.S. Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must meet the following grade requirements. For the GS-10 Advanced Diagnostics Radiologic Technologist, the following is required: 1. Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, at the GS-9 level, directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies. 2. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: i. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, dose monitoring, and genetic changes. ii. Ability to utilize advanced imaging software that supports complex imaging programs and recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures. iii. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, to understand the operation of the equipment. iv. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of highly complex imaging (CT, MRI, IR, ultrasound, mammography) studies. Specialized Experience: In addition to the requirements above, candidates must be able to possess specialized experience. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, providing multi-modality coverage, perform all types of CT procedures, perform all types of special/interventional procedures with and without the use of contrast materials. Assignment. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as performing general diagnostic procedures. At this grade level, any assignment in a single modality must demonstrate significant complexity. Such assignments are unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology, Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) regulations, and intermediate QM type duties within the program. Physical Requirements: DRT's work requires long periods of standing and walking up to 8 hours. There is repeated bending, pushing / pulling, reaching above shoulders, use of both hands (hands and fingers), twisting and carrying of moderately heavy articles weighing from 15-44 pounds such as multiple cassettes, grids, as well as wearing lead aprons. Movement of moderately heavy equipment is generally power assisted such as portable machines. Positioning of patients who are disabled may require considerable effort and working in awkward positions. Heavy lifting of incapacitated patients is done only with help of other employees and devices provided by the Radiology Section. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-0647 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at the GS-10 level.???? ["This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This is an open continuous announcement until March 31, 2023. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. The VA New Jersey Health Care System is recruiting 3 Full-Time Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT) positions located in East Orange, New Jersey. The technologist is responsible for multi-modality coverage across all campuses and performs multiple types of CT procedures dictated by service policy, as well as Special/Interventional procedures dictated by service policy and software upgrades. The Advanced DRT(CT) is responsible for multi-modality coverage across campuses and performs: Multiple types of CT procedures dictated by service policy, utilizing current software upgrades, including cardiac, CTA, head, body, neck, chest, spine, extremity, CT guided biopsies, etc. Special/Interventional procedures dictated by service policy and software upgrades, such as peripheral, visceral, body, head, extremities, and Interventional studies, such as TIPS, Stent placements, Permcaths PICC's, PCN's, Special/Procedure/Interventional examinations are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The incumbent integrates specific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care with useful diagnostic information for proper diagnosis and treatment. Other duties, include, but are not limited to: Prioritizes scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc. is a required function of this position. The technologist must demonstrate an understanding of human cross-sectional anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and medical terminology. Performs peripheral and visceral angiography of the abdominal systems and extremities. Performs most procedures utilizing a surgical sterile technique. Works with the radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team. Assist and anticipate the needs of the radiologists in the performance of the exam. Confers with radiologists to determine requirements/ protocols for nonstandard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, to produce and satisfy requirements for the CT scan. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/angiography and other exams. Is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material as needed. Performs reconstructions of CT and angiographic studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Properly identifies patient images. Responsible for explaining the procedures to the patients so that patients understand what is to be performed that day. Responsible for stocking and inventory of all CT and Special/interventional supplies and related materials needed for the day's activities. Respects the patient's right to privacy and confidentially. Performs Quality assurance activities. Improves quality of exams utilizing the new technologies available. Practices radiation safety (ALARA) in order to reduce exposure to patients, staff and self. Seeks approval from a radiologist before performing any additional procedures. Alerts supervisory staff when CTDI values are not in line with the predetermined limits According to NHPP guidelines, documents Patient Dose and Time for ALL fluoroscopy procedures including operating room procedures in PACS. Performs other duties, as assigned. Work Schedule: Varies, as directed by patient care needs Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 21J32-A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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