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Job Title: Registered Respiratory Therapist - Pulmonary Function and Home Oxygen
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Portland, OR
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Registered Respiratory Therapist - Pulmonary Function and Home Oxygen

The duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist include, but are not limited to:

  • Appropriate and timely clinical evaluations of diagnostic pulmonary testing, supportive patient interaction, and education of adult Veteran patients; quality oversight, equipment calibration, equipment Martine, oversight of inventory and communicating with supplies to maintain resources to support testing, training and education of Veteran patients, and performing as primary interface between providers, vendors and patients.
  • Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures with the use of medical gases, including carbon monoxide and administration devices
    • Diagnostic Pulmonary Function Testing
      • Spirometry with and without the use of respiratory pharmacological agents
      • Plethysmography Method for Lung Volume Measurement
      • Diffusion Capacity (DLCO)
      • Draw and process Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)
      • Oxygen Evaluations, resting and dynamic
    • Six Minute Walk Testing
    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiologic Testing (VO2 Max Studies)
    • Home Oxygen Evaluations
    • Bronchial Provocation Testing
    • Pulmonary Shunt Studies
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a certificate 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. This includes registration based on either:
    (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or
    (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.
  • Meets Physical Standards of the position as listed below
  • 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).
Preferred Experience:
  • PFT Certification preferred
Grade Determinations:
To be eligible for the GS-8 RRT, candidates must have all of the following and demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed below:

(1) 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 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, Part II, Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard, which can be found in the local HR Office.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs), Pushing (1 hour), Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4 hours), standing (4 hours), kneeling (1 hour), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume (Required)
VA Form 10-2850c (Required) Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
SF-50 (required if current federal employee)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850c
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a certificate 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. This includes registration based on either:
    (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or
    (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.
  • Meets Physical Standards of the position as listed below
  • 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).
Preferred Experience:
  • PFT Certification preferred
Grade Determinations:
To be eligible for the GS-8 RRT, candidates must have all of the following and demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed below:

(1) 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 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, Part II, Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard, which can be found in the local HR Office.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs), Pushing (1 hour), Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4 hours), standing (4 hours), kneeling (1 hour), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability.
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Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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Contact Email:BOBBIE.KIRSCH@VA.GOV
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