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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technician (Computed Tomography) in Wichita, Kansas

Summary

The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking to fill 1 full-time Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography) position in Wichita Kansas. Salary range: GS 8: $47,899.00 - $62,269.00/annum Work Schedule: 9am - 5:30pm with some rotating nights and weekends

Bargaining Unit: Covered

Responsibilities

Duties of the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT) include but are not limited to: The employee receives and registers CT patients, explains the nature of the CT procedure( s) to the patients, correctly positions patients on the CT table, confirms the body part(s) to be imaged, establishes correct machine settings, performs the appropriately ordered CT examination according to established protocols, accurately converts the exam status in the hospital information system (VistA) to "examined" status and subsequently ensures that all exam digital images have been transferred to the organization's Picture and Archival Communication System (PACS), and when necessary transmits the examination to the National Teleradiology Program (NTP) for interpretation. Incumbent will also assist the diagnostic radiology technologist (DRT) on duty in performing urgent and emergent general x-ray examinations using direct capture (DR) x-ray machines when required to preclude delays in patient care during those times when CT examinations are not actively being performed and the number of patients requiring x-ray exams is excessive. Receives and registers patients, explains the nature of the x-ray examination(s) to the patients, properly positions patients, sets correct exposure technical factors on the x-ray machines, sets up and adjusts required accessory equipment, and makes required digital exposures for the requested procedure(s). In the performance of certain specific CT examinations, the incumbent prepares oral and/or rectal contrast media and administers this contrast media to patients within the Imaging Service under the directive of a staff radiologist, Emergency Department physician, or ward physician. Incumbent assists radiologists in the less complex fluoroscopic examinations. Incumbent is responsible to the radiologist and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage and reducing costs. Incumbent practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self. The technologist is to assure compliance to radiation regulations wear film badges. The incumbent must also be aware of and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed. Position Description/PD#: Functional Statement/00000

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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. Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24. Education. DRTs must have completed a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) GS-8 Requirements: Must have at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Experience at the GS-07 level would include but not be limited to: Experience assisting with special procedures such as drainages and biopsies, routine diagnostic radiography, portable radiography, fluoroscopy, operating room imaging, and cross-sectional human anatomy and its application in computed tomography including post-processing applications. In addition to the experience above the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines;

  1. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed;

  2. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results;

  3. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed;

  4. Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and

  5. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual

images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Lifting (15 lbs and over); carrying (up to 20 lbs); pulling and pushing (up to 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; standing and walking (up to 3 hours); bending (up to 1 hour); use of fingers/hands; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 - 16"; hearing (aide permitted)

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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