Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Certified Respiratory Therapist (Sleep Technologist) in Fort Meade, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1987589

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our Certified Respiratory Therapist/Sleep Technologist position. VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming

**Current VA and federal employees should apply under Job Announcement BH-17-282R-HA-1987587-BU. Please ensure you submit your most recent, non-award, SF50.


The Certified Respiratory Therapist (Sleep Technologist), under the supervision of the supervisor, displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all Sleep Diagnostic procedures and other related procedures in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Sleep Disorders Association, American Academy of Sleep Disorders and policies and procedures of VA Black Hills Health Care System.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient instruction and education.

  • Patient assessment related to sleep disorders.

  • Patient setup, calibration and acquisition performance verification.

  • Monitoring of multiple physiological data throughout the test.

  • Troubleshooting of polysomnographic recording equipment.

  • Perform pre and post-test calibrations.

  • Identify and treat sleep related breathing disorders.

  • Recognize the need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk.

  • Remove and sterilize electrodes and sensors at completion of study.

  • The staging of the sleep studies.

This incumbent must be reliable, able to work independently and be self-motivated. The Polysomnographer is responsible for performing job duties in accordance with mission, vision, and values of VA Black Hills Health Care System.

LOCATION: Diagnostics Service Line at the VA in Fort Meade, SD.

WORK SCHEDULE: 80 hours biweekly, this position involves rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, and nights

*Functional Statement Title/#: *Certified Respiratory Therapist, GS-0640-07

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit all required documents

Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with paragraph 3g, section A of chapter 3, this part.)

b. Certified Respiratory Therapist.Has been issued a certificate as a CRT by the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This included certification based on either:

(1) Having successfully completed a respiratory therapy technician (1 year) or respiratory therapy program accredited by the Joint Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education and having passed the entry level examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or

(2) Having a certificate as a respiratory or inhalation therapy technician based on passing an entrance examination administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from 1975 through 1982; (2) Technician Certification Board of the American Association for Respiratory Therapy from 1972 through 1974; or (3) Technician Certification Board of the American Association for Inhalation Therapy from 1969 through 1971.

c. Physical Standards.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

d. English Language Proficiency.CRTs 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).

Preferred Experience:CurrentBasic Cardiac Life Support certification.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:

GS-5.None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-6.Successful completion of oneof the following:

(1) A minimum 2-year accredited educational program of study in respiratory therapy.

(2) At least 1 year of experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Experience at this level is work which included duties such as: administering oxygen and aerosols containing prescribed medications to patients involving the use of a variety of standard respiratory equipment; drawing and analyzing blood samples from patients; collecting sputum specimens using aerosol administration and tracheal suctioning; performing chest physical therapy using techniques such as clapping, vibrating, and postural drainage to facilitate the removal of secretions; calibrating equipment such as oxygen regulators and blood gas analyzers; and setting up and monitoring the operation of compressors, nebulizers, non-breathing masks, and co-oximeters. This experience must have provided the candidates with a wide knowledge of commonly used respiratory equipment, procedures and techniques, including an understanding of the basic medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics and how they relate to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems of the human body; knowledge of the various respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema, including the appropriate methods of treatment; and knowledge of commonly used respiratory drugs such as bronchodilators.

GS-7.Candidates must have successfully completed at least oneof the following:

(1) A 4-year or more accredited program of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in respiratory therapy.

(2) In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-6 level, an additional year of experience related to respiratory therapy at the GS-6 level or equivalent. Experience at this level is work which includes duties such as; setting up and monitoring complex respiratory equipment such as volume and pressure ventilators; performing airway care and maintenance on intensive care patients; performing specific diagnostic studies to determine oxygen consumption/carbon dioxide production, measure respiratory compliance, tidal volume and inspiratory force; drawing and interpreting results of blood gas analysis; providing oxygen and life support to patients during emergency resuscitations; assisting physicians in placing artificial airways into patient's trachea; and calibrating complex respiratory equipment such as pressure and volume ventilators, oximeters, and mass spectrometers. This experience must have provided the candidate with knowledge of the full range of equipment, procedures, and techniques used in respiratory therapy including the operating characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of the complex equipment (e.g. volume ventilators) used in intensive respiratory care and emergency situations. The experience must have also provided the candidate with knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system including in-depth understanding of how the structure and function of the lungs and bronchi relate to gas exchange and ventilation; and a knowledge of caring for a wide variety of acute and chronic respiratory disorders.

*References: *VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G10. This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:Work is primarily active; position requires lifting up to 100 lbs.; moving; operating and handling polysomnographic equipment and PAP therapy devices; assisting patients to and from bed ;waling and prolonged periods of sitting.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-04

Salary: $32,844 to $52,893 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05 - 07

Series: 0640 Health Aid And Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: BH-17-283R-HA-1987589-BU

Control number: 474512700