The Quality Management Technologist (Quality &Regulatory Specialist) position will serve as the Lung Cancer Screening and Incidental Lung Nodule Program Coordinator (LCSLN). The LCSLN coordinator serves as the individual who tracks patients and ensures continuum of care and proper referrals to services and coordinates with the Pulmonologist to establish a plan for the patient. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. (NOTE: This applies to the past, current, and upcoming VA Health Professional Trainees (HPT) only. HPT is an individual appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation (WOC).) 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 general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's 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). Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-10 directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies needed to provide services as a quality control technologist, ORT team leader, supervisory radiologic technologist, PACS technologist, clinical program director, or an assistant chief radiologic technologist. Examples of experience at the next lower grade level GS-10 but not limited to: a. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques, including concepts of accumulated dosage, dose monitoring, and genetic changes. b. Ability to utilize advanced imaging software that supports complex imaging programs and recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures. c. Knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, to understand the operation of the equipment. d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of highly complex imaging (CT, MRI, IR, ultrasound, mammography) studies. GS- 11 GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates: Quality Management Technologist. This position has full oversight responsibility of departmental Quality Management program and may also include oversight of a departmental Quality Improvement (QI) program. That may include directing the work of lower graded staff. The technologist performs daily inspection[s] of radiographic units to ensure proper mechanical functionality  and] ensures daily functionality of CR readers. The technologist provides in-service training for technologists and other personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of CR readers, DR panels, and other PACS type of operations maintained within the department. The technologist] coordinates scheduling of preventative maintenance for modalities either through biomedical engineering or local contractor service. The technologist works with physicists to ensure compliance with radiation safety program and for acceptance testing of all new installations of equipment. The technologist maintains accurate records, as required by management, for quality assurance analysis, quality control, performance improvement, and other related purposes. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs: Knowledge of all Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and VA standards regarding radiology quality assurance and other technical functions. Ability to train staff on quality assurance and control. Knowledge of inventory management systems. Knowledge of x-ray and other image-producing machinery in order to design and operate a complete radiology quality assurance program. Knowledge of physics and [physical properties of CR and DR panels and image production to diagnose difficulties in x-ray machinery and post processing equipment. Preferred Experience: At least 5yrs experience as DRT. References: http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 Physical Requirements: The physical requirements of this position include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The environments' pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials. ["Duties include but are not limited to: The Technologist provides in-service training for technologists and other personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of medical imaging equipment. The Technologist performs daily inspections of radiographic units to ensure proper mechanical functionality The Technologist maintains accurate records, as required by management, for quality assurance analysis, quality control, performance improvement, and other related purposes. The RQRS may also provide support to the Imaging Program Administrator as needed in matters of inventory management and other administrative duties. The RQRS suggest changes in procedures, policies, and quality improvement. The RQRS must be able to use a wide variety of equipment and computers. The incumbent must work directly with BioMed to coordinate maintenance and repairs, participate in QA/QC and resolve issues related to imaging processing. Oversees, monitors, records, and reports compliance with all regulatory issues and requirements in the radiology department. Is responsible for tracking and reporting metrics and required quality testing and maintenance throughout the radiology service. Tracks and reports patient and employee safety incidents, contrast issues, equipment failures, employee injuries, radiation alerts, physicist reviews and other metrics to the Radiology ICC Quality and Safety Committee. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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