This position is located within the Nuclear Medicine section of Imaging Services at VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), located in Portland, OR. 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. Certification. All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (N). NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification GRADE REQUIREMENTS. Supervisory Nuclear Medicine Technologist, GS-12 Experience. For assignments above the journey level, the candidate must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. Assignments. For all assignments above the journey level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. NMTs at this level are fully functional as an advanced NMT and carry out their assigned tasks independently. Individuals in this assignment assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the nuclear medicine program and technologists above the journey level at a medical center or independent outpatient clinic. They also have supervisory responsibility over a program. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate must demonstrate all the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as designated by an asterisk (*): (a) *Ability to assign and evaluate work of subordinate staff as well as resolve problems that may interfere with the delivery of nuclear medicine services by staff members. (b) Skill in providing complex nuclear medicine patient procedures. (c) *Ability to develop and initiate new protocols which apply to current research findings. (d) *Skill in providing administrative reports both orally and in writing [with higher level authorities (i.e., NHPP, TJC, NRC, Inspector General, executive leadership). (e) *Ability to interview candidates for positions in the section; recommend appointments, advancements, or, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; evaluate performance; and identify continuing education and training needs. References: VHA 5005, Appendix G19, Nuclear Medicine Technologist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking (3+ hours); Standing (3+ hours); Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental & Emotional stability required. Environmental Requirements: Working closely with others; Working alone; Protracted or irregular hour of work; Irregular hours are call hours; Exposure to body fluids; Exposure to ionizing radiation; Radiation sources. ["The Supervisory NM tech has the overall responsibility for the coordination and performance of the Nuclear Medicine area, the incumbent will operate independently and without direct supervision.The incumbent shows skill in providing complex nuclear medicine procedures. The incumbent works closely with the technologists, radiologists, clinicians and clerical staff to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality Diagnostic/therapeutic exam results, and patient satisfaction. Nuclear Medicine Technologists have responsibility for providing a wide range of specialized nuclear medicine procedures, including diagnostic imaging, therapy with unsealed radioactive materials, radioassay, in-vivo or in-vitro cell labeling; evaluating abnormal results; using and maintaining equipment; setting up and monitoring quality control; working within guidelines from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Health Physics Program, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) among others. Major duties will include, but will not be limited to: Prepare, assay, and administer radiopharmaceutical doses by injection, inhalation or ingestion as prescribed. Be proficient in introducing intravenous catheters in patients for administration of radiopharmaceuticals and/or medications. Performs routine administrative procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate imaging records. Receives and interprets all radiology requests. Inputs pertinent radiology information into computer. Schedules appointments, processes exam requests, and registers patient exams, cancels and case edits exams in the Radiology Information System (RIS). Properly identifies patient with at least 2 patient identifiers in accordance with VAPORHCS policy, confirms identity on order and properly identifies patient images. This is essential so that mistaken identity of images to patients does not occur. Knowledgeable regarding possible side effects of radiopharmaceuticals and other medications, such as lasix and captopril, to be administered. Take immediate action to remedy any noted effects. Interviews patient and/or family, obtaining current health issues, pertinent medical history and precise medication usage as it pertains to the examination being performed. Accurately utilizes PACS for acquisition, transmission, storage, and review of images, performs QC of all completed studies to ensure timely and accurate interpretation by the radiologist. Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patients and staff while applying elements of the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Principle. This is includes appropriate use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, collimation and distance management. Appropriate dosimetry are worn by the technologist to assure compliance to radiation safety regulations Explains examinations to be performed to patients so they understand the purpose of the study as well as any patient requirements so they are thoroughly understood by the patient. May be required to monitor vital signs, recognize allergic reactions and initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7:00AM-3:30PM, Rotating, on call Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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