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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (MRI) in Boston, Massachusetts

Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities Employees at this level may be assigned varying duties related to diagnostic imaging. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as providing general diagnostic procedures in a therapeutic setting. At this grade level, it is expected that such assignments be unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology. Some duties may include: Operator of the super conductive Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI), a highly complex computerized imaging device which employs the use of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to acquire images. Incumbent operates a magnet of 1.5 or 3 TESLA Prepares magnet for daily operation, brings system up, checks all self calibrating parameters. Employee maintains the cleanliness of his/her assigned work area, maintains necessary supplies in the work area. Reports all shortages to the supervisor, as well as any equipment failure. In the absence of the supervisor, contacts Biomedical Engineering or the service vendor to arrange for service. Employee observes patient safety guidelines as set forth in department and Medical Center policies and procedures. Monitors all equipment brought into the MRI environment to ensure it is MRI sage or MRI compatible. Never permits unauthorized personnel inside the gauss line of the magnet Actively seeks out work when assigned tasks are finished. Proactively identifies administrative, clinical or mechanical problems, and defines solutions. The incumbent The incumbent advises the Radiologist of those examinations which require immediate attention while the patient is still undergoing the examination. The incumbent practices sterile technique to prevent contamination. The incumbent accurately and routinely performs the associated DHCP, CPRS GUI and imaging network responsibilities that relate to a patient examination and the patient's record. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30pm with rotation to other sites and on-call support as part of departmental rotation Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST (MRI)/PD906190 EDRP Authorized: Contact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance 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. 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 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)). 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 that include computed tomography (CT), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), [or Mammograph (M) duties performed independently] and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. English Language Proficiency. RTs/RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. ยง 7403(f). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist GS-8 (Full Performance Level) Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-7, that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to check system for operation assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed. Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist GS-9 Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-8, that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to balance the needs of patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures Knowledge of techniques for gathering relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure Knowledge of basic first aid and basic lifer support practices related to radiography Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous methods and techniques and universal precautions Knowledge of pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9. Physical Requirements: Light to Moderate lifting and carrying, up to 44 pounds; straight pulling; pushing; reaching at and above shoulders; use of both hands and fingers required; walking and/or standing (6-8hours); crawling; kneeling; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. 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: 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. 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