Nuclear Medicine Technologist - Multi-Modality Technologist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Kings, New York
Internal Number: 667067800
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 BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a NMT are prescribed in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(14). To qualify for appointment as a NMT, all applicants must possess the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.g., of this part.) 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: Completion of a NMTCB-recognized nuclear medicine technology program, OR 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. NOTE: Technologists functioning as multi-modality technologists require additional specific certifications as stated in assignment descriptions below.] Loss of Credential. [Once certified, NMTs must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted certification. Loss of credential will result in removal from the GS-0601 NMT occupation and may result in termination of employment.] For occupations which require an active certification at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the journey level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists. d. Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA as a NMT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Such employees in an occupation that requires a [certification], may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the journey (full performance) level, or [changed to lower grade] within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Such employees in an occupation that requires a certification only at higher grade levels must meet the certification requirement before they can be promoted to the higher-grade levels. (3) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. (4) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or certification that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (5) If an employee who was in the NMT occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status, and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. e. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019[, Employee Occupational Health Service.] f. English Language Proficiency. [NMTs] must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, of this part. GRADE REQUIREMENTS Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Multi-Modality Technologist), GS-11 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. NMTs in this assignment perform fusion imaging such as PET/CT, SPECT/CT and/or PET/MR procedures that include diagnostic nuclear medicine, CT, and/or MR fused images. Multi-modality technologists must hold appropriate specific certifications in nuclear medicine (NMTCB or ARRT(N)), as well as CT (NMTCB(CT)) or ARRT (CT)), and/or MR (ARRT (MR)) applicable to independently perform the assignment duties. They carry out these complex assignments independently as part of nuclear medicine procedures. Assignments may include injection of contrast and recognition of allergic reaction, contraindications, and medication interactions. The work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs: Knowledge of contrast media, side effects, medication allergic reactions, drug interactions, and extravasation assessment. Skill to differentiate multi-modality protocols and adjust protocols according to patient needs, body mass index, or area of interest. Knowledge of unique scanning and processing parameters required of multimodality imaging. Ability to troubleshoot and make simple repairs to PET/CT and/or PET/MR imaging systems. Ability to care for patients during all stages of the procedure and provide emergency response care when necessary. Knowledge of all contraindications for performing CT and/or MR scans. References: VA Handbook 5005/125 Part II Appendix G19 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019. ["Nuclear Medicine Technologists provide a wide range of specialized nuclear medicine procedures, including the performance of diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging, assisting with nuclear medicine therapy with unsealed radioactive materials, performing radio-assay, in-vivo or in-vitro cell labeling; DEXA scans, 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 (NHPP), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Joint Commission (JC) among others. The Nuclear Medicine Technologists integrates specific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care with useful diagnostic information for proper diagnosis and treatment. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist, having developed expertise in the field, is 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. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist performs imaging exams on inpatients, outpatients, routine patients, STAT patients and on patients from any Service in the VANYHCS. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist rotates through all campuses of the VANYHCS including, but not limited to Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is flexible. Tours of duty may be changed with advance notice to meet patient care needs. Specific Duties Include but are not limited to:\nGeneral nuclear medicine scans.\nNuclear cardiology scans.\nPET/CT scans.\nNuclear medicine therapies.\nDEXA scans. Additional Duties may include but are not limited to: Daily Patient Care Patient Reception & Registration Patient Examination Clinician Guided Procedures Patient Safety Infection Control Customer Service Image Processing/Quality Control Editing Exam and Archiving Patient Confidentiality Technical Function Quality Assurance Organizational Stewardship Continuing Education & Mandatory Training Training and Exam Protocols Other Duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 21Z76-A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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