National Institutes of Health Respiratory Therapist-CC-DE in Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Bethesda, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/10/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/19/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visitNIH Overview

The Clinical Center, Critical Care Medicine Department, Critical Care Therapy and Respiratory Care Section is looking for a highly skilled Respiratory Therapist to add to their team.

Applicants that are credentialed through the National Board of Respiratory Care (NNRC) as a Registered Therapist (RRT) are desired but are not required.

The Clinical Center is a 200-bed research hospital and employs approximately 2,000 federal and contract staff. The mission of the Clinical Center is as follows:

As the nation's clinical research hospital, the NIH Clinical Center provides an outstanding environment for:

  • inpatient and outpatient clinical care
  • clinical research in the application of basic science to clinical medicine
  • clinical research training

The Clinical Center achieves this mission through a culture of creativity, intellect, diversity, and the highest ethical standards. For more information, visit


As a Respiratory Therapist in the Critical Care Therapy and Respiratory Care Section of the Clinical Center (CC), your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting in the examination and observation of patients by performing such duties as taking diagnostic histories, conducting physical examinations, and performing diagnostic screening tests, i.e., ventilatory mechanics, oxygenation parameters, obtaining blood gases;
  • Interpreting physician orders, providing specialized therapy to critically ill patients that usually require adaptation of established technical procedures;
  • Participating with the physician in planning, instituting, evaluating and devising a patient care plan for pulmonary hygiene;
  • Assisting the physician in determining therapeutic objectives/goals of respiratory treatments/therapy and evaluating the physician order for appropriateness and adjusts the order if necessary;
  • Administering various specialized modes of ventilation to patients with endotracheal tubes and tracheotomies and other complex medical problems requiring frequent adjustments in ventilator parameters based on patient response;
  • Observing the patient closely during treatments/procedures, and, as required, takes blood pressure, pulse, obtains blood gas samples reporting vital signs and obvious changes in patient condition;
  • Processing specimens using equipment, instruments, or techniques that are necessary to prepare them for specific analysis (pH, hematocrit, oxygen saturations, etc.); controls physical conditions; responds to time factors to insure that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Pre-employment medical screening may be required.
  • Emergency/Essential position.

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Government. 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; religious; spiritual; community; 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. You must demonstrate in your resume at least (one) 1 year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service; obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: independently administers complex respiratory therapy treatment/procedures (e.g. arterial puncture, venipuncture, nasotracheal or orotracheal suctioning, delivers Nitric Oxide and Heliox therapy, administers ventilation through endotracheal tubes and tracheotomies, etc.); monitors patients closely to avoid incidents and develops treatment plans and strategies as needed; provides in-service training to other respiratory therapists and nursing personnel; calibrates complex respiratory equipment and identifies and corrects mechanical malfunction of equipment used in the respiratory therapy service.

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Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next



The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH andOPM's Employee Benefits Information.

Other Information

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

This position is designated as an 'emergency' position and the selected candidate will be considered an 'emergency' employee and will be required to be available, ready, willing, and able to report for duty under all circumstances, e.g., inclement weather, government closings and holidays, lapse in appropriations, non-emergency and emergency situations for operation 24 hours a day and 365 days per year coverage.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

Salary Range: $58,506.00 to $76,056.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0651-08/08

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452407100

Job Announcement Number: NIH-CC-DE-17-1799242