As a Medical Technician functioning in a technical and advanced technical capacities in Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) of the Miami VA Medical Center (including rotating to Broward Outpatient Clinic). Responsible for collection, accessioning preparation, analysis, evaluation, reporting, validation, and release of diagnostic reports associated with human tissue and fluids for the purpose of determining/evaluating and treating disease. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/08/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position there is no time-in-grade requirements at this grade level. An SF-50 that shows your eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. The Medical Technician Series 0645 has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) Specialized Experience: (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. Education and Training: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled. 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-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: performing a variety of relatively standardized tests, examinations, and determinations. The procedures and techniques are well-established but involve many meticulous sequential steps to complete a test; and following written procedures which give carefully detailed instructions on each step of the assigned test and examinations. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Attention to Detail Flexibility Technical Competence 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 physical demands are primarily standing and walking, but also some bending, lifting, and carrying of light items. Also, there are times of considerable exertion with patient positioning to do inpatient blood draws (50 pounds or more). The work requires above average agility and dexterity. The work environment involves regular and recurrent exposure to moderate risks or discomforts typically associated with performing phlebotomy on patients (as well as specimen handling), requiring special safety precautions. 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/. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to: Independently receives requests for testing into the laboratory. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request. Interacts with hospital personnel to correct discrepancies such a notifying nursing/medical staff if there are concerns about a drawing site (multiple IV lines, arteriovenous fistula, etc.), patient is combative, or any other possible contraindications. Recognizes emergency situations and takes necessary action. Notifies medical technologists of impending work and the status of such, i.e., emergency or routine. Independently verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes with the patient's name, social security number, date, and time, to ensure proper identification. Performs blood-drawing and other specimen collecting duties as assigned in a courteous and professional manner. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions always while drawing blood. Responsible for, but not limited to, performing the following special drawing procedures: (a) collects timed specimens such as growth hormones, peak and trough drug levels, glucose and lactose tolerances specimens and (b) strict attention to sterility requirements for the correct technique when phlebotomizing patients for blood cultures. Instructs patients in proper technique for sterile midstream urine collection, 24-hour urine collection, and collection of specimens for culture and sensitivity, ova and parasites, and occult bloods. Performs up to 6 Federal Drug Testing meticulously and accurately per day to match employee health pre-employment physical as well as unscheduled add on exams. Maintains drug screen cart by keeping it sanitized, stocked with appropriate supplies, secured patient information, maintains organization/free from clutter, and ready to use by anyone performing a Federal Drug Screen. Manage the stored supplies to maintain numbers to fulfill program needs, and initiate contact with staff who will order supplies for the service. Prepare specimen for transport to testing laboratory. Ensure proper chain of custody for specimens especially urine held over weekend from Monday shipmen, when lead technicians is unavailable. Ensures that restrooms used for collection site are clean and in good state of repair, reaching out to engineering or janitorial services, as needed. Assists in teaching laboratory and medical center personnel theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen requirements to fellow team members (such as initials and annual competencies), interested residents/students, other staff, etc. Must know CPR and first aid procedures for the care of patients who become sick. suffer a cardiac arrest, faint, etc. while having blood drawn. Observes and reports any physical or mental changes while patients are being drawn. Performs and exhibits knowledge and skills specific to the young adults, the adult, and the geriatric patient. Provides care based on physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients served. Serves as the Back-up Lead Phlebotomist/Specimen Processing Technician, as needed by the P&LMS service for coverage. Uses and performs preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment such as centrifuges. Responsible for protecting sensitive data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion; also must follow applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in an automated information system security access agreement which the employee signs. Performs all aspects of sample storage, packaging, and other requirements. Creates/builds manifests for Sent Out testing, as needed. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Rotating Holidays and Weekends Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD08191A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.
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.