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Registered Respiratory Therapist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Shreveport
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) serves as the shift leader and clinical instructor on an "as needed" basis under general supervision of the Shift Supervisor of Respiratory Therapy. He or she also serves as a consultant to staff physician, residents, and interns. This position represents the full performance level for an RRT

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If you are a current, permanent Federal employee, please apply here: CBST-1112004-21-AMA

As Registered Respiratory Therapist, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide respiratory care to critically ill and/or poor risk patients in MICU and Step Down units.
  • Administer oxygen, aerosol, humidity, and positive pressure breathing therapy.
  • Maintain and monitor ventilator patients as required and make adjustments based on blood gas analysis with the physician's approval.
  • Perform arterial blood gas analysis from arterial puncture or arterial line.
  • Perform pulmonary function tests including spirometry, lung volumes, and exercise testing.
  • Document in the progress notes and other areas all pertinent information regarding patient response and tolerance to all forms of therapy and test procedures performed.
  • Participate in research projects under the direction of the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy.
  • Assume responsibility for all Respiratory Care procedures during their assigned shift, as requested by the Shift Supervisor.
  • Provides classroom lectures and clinical instruction regarding respiratory care to respiratory therapy and medical students, resident and intern physicians, nurses, nursing students, and other allied health students.
  • Communicate the philosophy, aims and policies of hospital administration to patients and their families, team members, and other hospital personnel. Maintain rapport with other departments to improve the quality of patient care.
  • Provides emergent out of OR airway management and is trained and competent to perform airway management.
  • Work overtime as required by the needs of the department.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday and every other weekend, 3:30pm - Midnight

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0601 General Health Science

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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.

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.
  • Education: Individuals must have successfully completed a respiratory care program accredited by the CoARC or its successor. Please select the response below, that represents how you meet the education requirement.
  • Licensure: Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a full, current and unrestricted license from a state to practice as an RRT.
  • Credential: Persons appointed or reassigned to RRT positions in the GS-0601 series must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a valid, current, unrestricted credential of RRT.

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-11 Registered Respiratory Therapist:

Experience or Education, Licensure and Credential: Candidates must have:

  • One year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level.
  • Hold an active license and RRT credential

In addition to the requirements above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSA's:

  • Ability to collaboratively consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals for complex respiratory care to develop care plans to provide favorable patient outcomes.
  • Skill in evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic modalities.
  • Skill in performing advanced airway and ventilation management.

References: VA Handbook 5005/141, Part II, Appendix G11 dated March 12, 2021.

Physical Requirements: Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, inpatient and outpatient. Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), heavy carrying (45 pounds and over), straight pulling (4 hours), pushing (4 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4-8 hours), standing (4-8 hours), kneeling (4 hours), repeated bending (4 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, 20/40 vision in each eye with or without correction, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted).


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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Shreveport , Registered Respiratory Therapist, Other , Shreveport, Louisiana

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