The Medical Technician will serve as a phlebotomist in the collection, processing, and distribution of the required blood specimens from both hospitalized bed patients, ambulatory patients, and out-patients. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a phlebotomist technician for the New London (CT) CBOC. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients You may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below: ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. AND, Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; performing routine laboratory procedures; performing a variety of laboratory tests; using a variety of laboratory equipment; collecting and receiving samples and specimens; processing laboratory specimens for shipment. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours with course work directly related to the work of this position (i.e. chemistry, biological sciences, hematology, microbiology, serology, etc) and must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.. OR, Combination: Have equivalent combinations of successfully completed post high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position and must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Computer Skills Customer Service (Clerical/Technical) Patient Care Quality Assurance Specimen Collection 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires moderate standing, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching, walking, bending, lifting light/moderate objects (<20 lbs.) and to have good manual dexterity and visual acuity. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["The major duties and responsibilities associated with that work include but are not limited to: - Collects adequate and correct blood specimens by venjpuncture or nucrotechnique. - Phlebotomist technician works from requisitions, computerized phlebotomy lists and instructions or other verbal requests to obtain and collect patient's blood. - Is familiar with all urgencies and responds in a timely and appropriate manner (i.e., STAT, ASAP and Routine). - Performs data entry associated with phlebotomy. - Follows departmental policies to correctly identify the patient before any blood specimen is drawn by checking patient ID bracelet and to correctly label all specimens draw at the site of collection. - Adheres to blood borne pathogen standard precautions and all phlebotomy safety policies, when performing phlebotomy. - Appropriately processes specimens (blood and non-blood) and prepares specimens for transport by courier to the laboratory. Ensures specimens are ready to transport to the laboratory in the most expedient manner and in the proper transport container. - Starts glucose tolerance procedures and collects remaining specimens at required times. Draws other timed specimens as indicated. - Sorts and processes specimens received in central specimen receipt area of department in order of priority for best patient results and to meet turnaround time goals. Using problem solving skills identifies and corrects any problems arising with the received specimens. - Handles relevant phone calls for the clinical and/or anatomic accessioning areas and where possible resolves whatever issues precipitated the telephone call based upon his/her knowledge and experience. - Maintains orderly and timely flow of specimens to the technical areas throughout tour of duty. - Maintains accurate and orderly operational and quality control logs, records and worksheets where required according to established department protocol. - Assures that phlebotomy tray is adequately replenished as required. - Inventory control and program accountability: assists nurse manager or designee with ordering of supplies, equipment, and any other items required to support phlebotomy services - Performs other specialized procedures as directed in Hematology, Special Hematology, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Blood Bank (blood gases) and in Microbiology (blood cultures) - Assists with maintaining neat and clean work area. - Assists with heavy workload. Willingly helps other phlebotomists and staff who need assistance - Assists with onboarding and training phlebotomists, LPNs, and other staff who support and perform phlebotomy services - Collects pre-employment urines Tox specimens and performs related paperwork and delivers the specimen to the mailroom in FederalExpress envelope to be mailed immediately. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time; M-F 7:30am to 4:00pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)/PD033330 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is in the Competitive Service. Veterans' preference does not apply for internal or other current permanent Federal agency employees. This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
AABB (Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies) is an international, not-for-profit organization representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and biotherapies. The Association works collaboratively
to advance the field through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and education programs. AABB is dedicated to its mission of improving lives by making transfusion medicine and biotherapies safe, available and effective worldwide.