The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist will function in Nuclear Medicine Service. Work Schedule: First Shift; Variable start as early as 7:00 a.m. to as late as 8:30 a.m., depending on coverage. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 84702-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized 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 eligibility requirements are normally satisfied by one of the following: [(1) Completion of a NMTCB-recognized nuclear medicine technology program, OR (2) Completion of a nuclear medicine technology program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), or other accrediting agencies as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), culminating in a certificate, associate, baccalaureate, or master's degree. Educational programs must have structured clinical training sufficient to provide clinical competency in radiation safety, instrumentation, clinical procedures, and radio-pharmacy, as deemed acceptable by the NMTCB. Grade Determinations: GS-11: Completion of one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position to be filled (GS-9), i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide nuclear medicine technology services at that level. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Analyzing consequences of improper packaging of radioactive material and take appropriate actions. Determining personnel needing personal monitoring devices, analyze personal monitoring results, and recommend corrective action, if needed. Analyzing instances of increased radiation exposure levels and recommend measures to reduce. Calculating exposure rates. Documenting excessive radiation exposure. Developing new protocols for imaging procedures. Motivating and/or mentoring staff, if supervisory position. Developing continuing education standards, if supervisory position. Responding to any decrease in staffing or increase in workload involving all parties to restructure work assignments, if encumbering a supervisory position. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs: Ability to produce and assess high quality scans and quality control images using independent judgement to recognize abnormal or unacceptable results. Knowledge and skill in use of ancillary equipment with an understanding of how the results will affect the study outcome. Knowledge of physiologic processes as they relate to altered radiopharmaceutical uptake and/or artefactual findings. Ability to obtain, assess, and document pre-therapy patient preparation information and provide post-therapy patient education following proper administration of advanced therapy dose. Ability to develop new protocols for imaging procedures. Ability to analyze instances of increased radiation exposure levels and recommend measures to reduce. Ability to analyze consequences of improper packaging of radioactive material and take appropriate actions. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G19 Physical Requirements: This position requires the ability to do the following: heavy lifting (45lbs and over), moderate carrying (15-44lbs), pushing, use of fingers, use of both hands, walking (up to 8hrs), standing (up to 8hrs), repeated bending (up to 8hrs), ability to distinguish basic colors, emotional/mental stability. Environmental factors include: exposure to radiant energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working closely with others and/or working alone. ["Providing a wide range of specialized nuclear medicine procedures, including diagnostic imaging, therapy with unsealed radioactive materials, radio assay, in-vivo or in-vitro cell labeling. Ability to learn and practice VA wide initiatives and principles, like high reliability organization (HRO) and ICARE core values. Evaluating abnormal results. Using and maintaining equipment. Setting up and monitoring quality control. Working within guidelines from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), National Health Physics Program (NHPP), Department of Transportation (DOT), Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) among others. Displaying a cooperative attitude and will effectively work together to implement the organization's missions and goals. Having developed expertise in the field, is usually assigned continuing responsibility to independently plan and carry out work, resolving most of the conflicts that arise, coordinating work with others as necessary, and interpreting policy in terms of established objectives. Preparing, assaying, and administering radiopharmaceutical doses by injection, inhalation or ingestion as prescribed. Introducing intravenous catheters in patients for administration of radiopharmaceuticals and/or medications. Ordering and managing radiopharmaceutical doses as required for daily patient studies and maintaining adequate supplies of doses to perform patient studies. Operating nuclear medicine equipment such as imaging systems such as SPECT, SPECT/CT, PET and PET/CT, well counters, GM survey meters, thyroid uptake system, and dose calibrators for various patient procedures. Performing a full range of nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging, non-imaging, in-vitro and therapeutic procedures, including highly specialized computer assisted studies such as gated, tomographic, quantitative procedures. Analyzing procedure images for quality and obtaining additional images when necessary. Performing radionuclide therapy in collaboration with Nuclear Medicine Physician."]
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