Health Technician - (Specimen Collection and Processing)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, Louisiana
Internal Number: 718724000
This position will serve as a Health Technician (Specimen Collection and Processing) for the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, LA. The Health Technician (Specimen Collection and Processing) will provide phlebotomy, specimen collection, specimen accessioning, specimen processing, preparation and storage of specimens, packaging of specimens for transport to the Pathology Laboratory and collection of Employee Drug Screen. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until July 12, 2023 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Individual Occupational Requirement: Applicants who meet the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) described below are fully qualified for the specified entry grade and must also meet the specialized experience and/or education requirements. Experience Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-04 and above): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. In addition to meeting the above Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) above, candidates must demonstrate they meet the following grade requirement: You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience using phlebotomy and procurement of specimens from patients; experience in specimen accessioning; experience in specimen processing, pre-analytic assessment and test performance; performs quality control, documentation, and instrument maintenance; identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the problem within established guidelines; maintains phone etiquette and provides problem solving for advising other laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens; performs waived testing, including (but not limited to) Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and Urine Pregnancy Testing (UPT); enters all appropriate documentation into the patients' records; performs repeat or additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal test results; and verifies lab reports identifying sample results and determinable factors. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (Transcripts Required) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to one (1) year of specialized experience. Determine the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-05 level. Then determine the education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-05. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-05. Experience must be clearly indicated in your resume. (Transcripts Required) 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. ["Duties Include: Identifying quality control variations and initiating corrective action to correct the problem within established guidelines. Performing daily quality control to assure that reagents, equipment and temperatures are within recommended guidelines. Performing laboratory upkeep duties such as light housekeeping duties to ensure laboratory cleanliness and stocking supplies. Reporting results to appropriate individuals in a manner suitable to the nature of the request. Preparing specimens for analysis and/or dispatch to reference laboratories, ensuring the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. Advising other laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens. Performs specialized patient sample collections per individual laboratory requirements such as Blood Culture, Blood Bank Specimen Verification, and other specialized sample collections. Verifying correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (such as centrifuges). Adhering to established protocols for ensuring correct patient identification and sample collection, including age and patient safety criteria. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Various Shifts (including rotating weekends and holidays). Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician - (Specimen Collection and Processing)/PD07332A. Physical Requirements: The work requires extensive and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending, lifting, walking, stooping and stretching. The work requires manual dexterity and a large degree of concentration."]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.
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