This position serves as a Medical Technician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine under Diagnostic Services at the Veteran Affairs Black Hills Health Care System (VABHHCS) in Fort Meade, SD. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/04/2023. 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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as 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 perform the duties of this position. -AND- This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients? -AND- To qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you must meet one of the following requirements: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: : (a) performing technical medical laboratory support work such as laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) providing technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques of a Medical Technician. This also includes experience collecting, categorizing, cataloging, storing, and maintaining specimen integrity; and calibrating, standardizing, and maintaining equipment and instruments. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate education (18 semester hours) from an accredited institution with course work directly related to the work of a Medical Technician may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 grade level. Such graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and transcripts are required. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond 9 semester hours) as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a Medical Technician is fully qualifying at the GS-07 grade level. If you are using a combination to qualify, you must document your experience in your resume and submit transcripts. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Applies Technology to Tasks Diagnostic Medical Testing Pathophysiology 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: Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for extended periods of time, walking, bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies, and lifting moderately heavy items such as reagents. Work also requires specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity and color vision. 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 VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Major Duties: Performs the full-range (moderate and high complexity) of any/all laboratory shifts independently and responsibly. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and otherwise maintains elaborate and complex instrumentation with very fine settings. Performs a broad range of very difficult and highly complex tests and examinations which span all laboratory specialty areas daily. Evaluates quantitative biochemical, physiologic, and morphologic testing results with other laboratory results to verify the accuracy of the results. Determines the need for and perform additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal/critical patient results independently. Attains and sustains a sufficient level of proficiency and competency to perform the full-range of laboratory work. Serves as a \"floating\" technician and will fill in wherever needed in other laboratories and/or departments such as Phlebotomy, Chemistry and Toxicology, Hematology and Coagulation, Microbiology and Urinalysis, and Transfusion Medicine. Performs highly specialized testing involving very fine distinctions and/or measurements on elaborate and complex instrumentation with very fine settings. Approves, certifies, and reports to clinicians the results of very difficult and complex tests and examinations with only cursory review and infrequent spot checks of the individual tests by a pathologist or supervisory technologist. Prepares for and complies with all regulatory guidelines, policies, regulations, and laws. Prepares assigned sections for regulatory inspections Assists with daily uploads to verify, print, and code the Anatomic Surgery and Cytology reports. Prints manifests to accompany samples and packages them for transport to reference labs in accordance with existing Department of Transportation policies and regulations. Processes specimens using necessary laboratory techniques to prepare samples for specific analysis. Receives and accessions requests for lab testing. Evaluates requested tests/procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis and requesting new specimens if determined to be unsatisfactory. Collects blood from patients in the Blood Drawing Room, on the Wards, Intensive Care Unit, emergency room, and Urgent Care using aseptic techniques, following standard precautions, and using personal protective equipment. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 2:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Additional information may be provided during the interview process. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD20358A 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.