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Diagnostic Radiologic Tech (DRT) and Computerized Tomography Tech (CT)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Kernersville
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Summary Performs all CT examinations and all diagnostic X-ray procedures. These exams are performed with and/or without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams are to achieve diagnostic studies to aid in the proper diagnosis and treatment of our Veterans. Responsibilities Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices, techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, genetic changes, and effects of radiation on living organisms. Ensures correct machine techniques to minimize such exposures, monitors, safeguards, and recognizes when changes of equipment or procedures might result in increased radiation exposure. Recommends alternative methods to prevent such exposures. Understands when and how to use dose-reduction software for CT studies. Confers with Radiologists to determine requirement of non-standard exams. Determines technical factors, positioning, number and thickness of scans, etc. to produce and satisfy requirements of CT or X-ray exams. Schedules patients for examinations. Notifies the Radiologist or referring Physician of scans requiring his/her immediate attention. Performs exams utilizing surgical sterile techniques. This requires "scrub-in technique," preparation of surgical trays, preparation of contrast, supplying of catheters and guide wires; sterile assurance of the patient and equipment that may come in contact with the sterile field with the purpose of assuring that all preventive measures have been taken to prevent contamination of the patient. This is done to minimize hazards associated with invasive procedures and involves the use of sterile packs, gloves, syringes, guide wires, catheters, cleanup trays, etc. Adheres to hospital infection control and safety policies/techniques with emphasis on sterile technique, the storage of sterile supplies, the disposal of body fluids and 'sharps', proper attire, hand washing practices, and continuing education. Works with the Radiologist as a member of the surgical/radiographic team. Must assist and anticipate the needs of the Radiologists and participates in the performance of exams. Must be continuously on the alert for the patient's condition, sterile field, catheter, guide wire sizes configurations, etc. The alertness of the individual is essential to prevent contamination, to recognize patient reactions, to anticipate technique factor difficulties, etc. Prepares contrast materials that are used in CT/ X-ray exams. Improper use or administration of the contrast materials run the risk of patient mortality, therefore, it is essential that a thorough understanding of the contrast material usage is possessed and adhered to by those who prepare it. In addition, the incumbent must be continuously on the alert to the patient's condition and other disorders. Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient. Is certified to insert IV needles for administration of contrast material when necessary. Performs continuing education to satisfy requirements for ARRT= RT(R)(CT) license; maintains BLS certification. The ability to prioritize CT and X-ray patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate emergency surgery, etc. communicates both verbally or in writing with other hospital staff. Know the proper mechanics of using the ISTAT machine; the sequence of actions needed to get a diagnostic quality sample including waste syringes, if needed, proper filling of cartridges, and docking the machine of transfer of the information into the computerized medical record. Determines if the creatinine/eGRF value is within the acceptable range of the department's policy for contrast administration. Performs reconstructions of CT studies when requested or when part of a standard procedure. Maintains records and files of exams performed on patients. This includes, registration, editing of patient exams in the computerized information system, copying of images to a CD, knowledge of HIS-RIS work list, routing exams to different locations, and works with / performs operator troubleshooting of the Patient archiving Computer System (PACS). Performs diagnostic testing and troubleshooting equipment problems as they arise and confers with Bio Med to resolve equipment issues/ problems. Performs shut down and QA on equipment as needed. When problems occur enter work orders. Properly identifies patient images. This is essential so that mistaken identity of patient images does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient I.D. band and the request/orders are identical. Confirms patient identity by verbally confirming patient name, social security number, and/or date of birth as required by Joint Commission. Responsible for explaining exams to patients so that patients understand what is to be accomplished and disclosing possible hazards. May be required by procedure or patient's condition to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate CPR. Any other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with occasional weekends. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. 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). Certification. Must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include Computed Tomography (CT). Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. NOTE: Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic ARRT certification requirements. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination. 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). NOTE: Assignment to the clinical program director requires meeting JRCERT minimum educational standards as noted in the assignment description. 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, you 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. Employees at this level are fully functional as an advanced DRT and carry out their assigned tasks independently. DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex imaging procedures beyond the full performance level, clinical instruction, and basic QM type duties within the program. Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 1. *Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures. 2. Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers. 3. *Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure. 4. Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography. 5. Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS 09. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist VA Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting & carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling and pushing (Up to 7 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking and standing (Up to 7 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision 20/50 and 20/100; Emotional/mental stability. 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 Veterans preference will NOT be applied to this announcement per VA Human Resources Management Letter Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages dated October 26, 2021. 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.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Winston-Salem , Diagnostic Radiologic Tech (DRT) and Computerized Tomography Tech (CT), Other , Kernersville, North Carolina

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