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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therpapist (Bronchosocopy) in Denver, Colorado


The Bronchoscopy Technician assists in performing diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopies to veterans.


The primary responsibility of the Bronchoscopy Technician is to set up for procedures, monitor the patient, and provide assistance as ordered by the VA Providers. The incumbent may also recommend change as applicable to the patient care plan. He/She will be expected to educate the patient on pre-procedure, intra-procedure, and post procedure care to ensure optimal outcomes. The Bronchoscopy Technician will provide back-up support to the Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) lab as deemed necessary. Cross training to at least one other area of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section and cross-training other staff to the Bronchoscopy lab will be required. Sets up equipment for various types of bronchoscopies. Sets up pleural space procedures including; thoracentesis, pleural biopsies and chest tubes. Ensures all equipment is sterile and monitors expiration dates. Performs intra-procedural monitoring of patient status; including moderate sedation (requires certification). Assists Bronchoscopist as needed. Set up and maintain electronic calendar of schedule patients. Schedules procedures, and educates patients on procedures. Prepares equipment post procedure for reprocessing and transports scopes to appropriate location for reprocessing. Responsible for checking crash carts and testing the defibrillator daily. Performs ancillary cardiopulmonary diagnostics to include but not be limited to: Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling, six minute walk study, pulse oximetry testing and oxygen titrations. Completes all administrative paperwork/computer work associated with closing the consult and capturing workload. Assists with oxygen cylinder exchange and/or liquid oxygen refills as well as replenishment of home oxygen supplies, and home respiratory equipment supplies. Must be willing to assist in other areas of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section as directed by the supervisor/manager/chief. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


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. Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This includes registration based on either: (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974. English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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). Grade Determinations: GS-8: Candidates must have all of the following:

(1) At least 1 year of successful experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Qualifying experience at this level is work which includes duties such as: administering assisted and controlled ventilation to patients with tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters; administering and monitoring advanced ventilator techniques such as positive end expiratory pressure and continuous positive airway pressure; developing plans for weaning patients from ventilators; assessing the respiratory status of patients using data acquired through physical observation and clinical analysis of blood gas data, chest x-rays, and electrocardiogram to determine the effectiveness of therapy being administered and to make recommendations to physicians regarding changes in treatment; performing the most difficult respiratory therapy procedures to maintain ventilation, including endotracheal intubation, tracheal lavage, and tracheotomy care; and providing in-service training to others in various specialized areas of respiratory care.

(2) Demonstrated knowledge and ability needed to perform complex respiratory procedures with minimal supervision. Is able to participate with physicians and nurses and other staff in planning respiratory treatment, with great reliance on the individual's knowledge of the equipment. (3) Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide emergency or critical respiratory care; service as a shift leader or supervisor or sole responsible respiratory therapist on a shift; and to plan and conduct training sessions with respiratory therapy students, hospital staff, patients, and family members. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-8. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must met the physical requirements to provide pulmonary function and diagnostic testing:

a. Sight corrected to 20/20 vision, no color or night blindness

b. Lifting 30 lbs

c. Pushing 65 lbs

d. Repeated stooping

e. Repeated bending

f. Repeated twisting

g. Prolonged standing and walking

h. Ability to sit in front of a computer screen for long periods of time

i. May be required to function as sole technician in the Bronchoscopy lab if circumstances dictate.


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

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.