Registered Respiratory Therapist – Home Oxygen Coordinator
Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs
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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g. Education: Individuals must have successfully completed a respiratory care program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or its successor. You must submit a copy of your transcript(s) showing award of certificate or completion of program to receive credit. Licensure: Persons appointed or reassigned to Registered Respiratory Therapist positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a full, current and unrestricted license from a state to practice as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. You must submit a copy of your unexpired licensure to receive credit. Credential: Persons appointed or reassigned to Registered Respiratory Therapist positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a valid, current, unrestricted credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). You must submit a copy of your valid, current, unrestricted credential of RRT through NBRC to receive credit. Grandfathering Provision: May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Preferred Experience: 1 year of experience as a Home Oxygen Registered Respiratory Therapist GRADE DETERMINATION:
Registered Respiratory Therapist, GS-12
Experience, Licensure and Credential. Candidates must have:
Have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level and Hold an active license and RRT credential.
The following certifications are preferred but not required: Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate issued AARC, AE-C awarded by the NAECB or COPD Educator course offered by the AARC. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA)
In addition to the requirements above, candidates must demonstrate all the following KSAs in their resumes:
i. Ability to develop policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures.
ii. Ability to implement policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures.
iii. Ability to maintain policies and guidelines regarding new and emerging procedures.
iv. Ability to make recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures.
v. Ability to perform complex analytical studies of patient care.
vi. Ability to interpret results to coordinate the management and evaluation of patient care.
vii. Ability to coordinate the work of subordinate staff.
viii. Ability to manage all aspects of a complex patient care program including day-to-day operation, training program resources and fiscal management. References: VA Handbook 5005/141, Part II Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Qualification Standard dated March 12, 2021. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Must be compliant with the following physical standards and environmental factors: Light carrying of under 15 pounds; Straight pulling (4 hours); Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (2 hours); Both hands are required and the use of fingers; Reaching above shoulder; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (1 hour); Both legs are required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Both eyes are required; Depth perception; Fair vision and ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Average dexterity and agility; Works outside; Works outside and inside; Works closely with others and alone; Works around electrical energy and vibrations; and Frequent work encounters with patients. There is recurring exposure to contagious diseases, odors, and flammable gases which requires the use of protective clothing such as gloves and masks to prevent diseases and the spread of infection, particularly while suctioning patients and coming into contact with blood or body fluids.
The Home Oxygen Clinical Coordinator is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with full responsibility for the administrative and quality assurance activities, day to day operation and oversight of the Home Oxygen clinic and reports directly to the Cardiopulmonary Chief. Incumbent will be multidisciplinary and include serving as a liaison between clinicians, patients in need of therapy with home oxygen, Prosthetic Service, and the oxygen vendor.