This announcement has been extended. Applicants who have applied, do not need to re-apply. However, application materials must clearly support the qualifications requirements and online questionnaire responses to receive credit. This Medical Technician position is located in the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service performing technical medical laboratory support work such as: performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic, and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; or technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required the application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. This experience must be documented in your resume to receive credit. -OR- One full year of graduate education that is directly related to the work of this position. Transcripts required. -OR- An equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. Experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts required. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Analytical Reasoning Clerical Diagnostic Medical Testing Technical Competence IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; 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. Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, or lifting up to 40 pounds. In many situations, the duration of the activity contributes to the arduous nature of the job. There may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination or good color vision. The work involves regular and recurring risks or discomforts associated with working in a clinical laboratory which require special safety techniques and universal precautions. Employees are required to use protective clothing or gear. Work areas must be maintained in a clean and organized fashion. 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/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** The employee will perform both routine and specialized testing in chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology, and serology in support of a medical laboratory. Major duties and responsibilities will include: Using microscopes, centrifuges, incubators, balances, and instruments to perform laboratory tests and analyze body fluids and other substances to determine the presence or absence of disease or other abnormal conditions; Receiving, collecting, sorting, recording, storing and/or shipping clinical laboratory specimens so that appropriate testing/diagnostic procedures can be performed; Obtaining additional data or information from healthcare providers as needed; Maintaining the laboratory and equipment in a clean and safe condition; Calibrating and maintaining laboratory instrumentation and equipment; Monitoring specimens, equipment, and laboratory for acceptability; Ensuring that sufficient supply of reagents, standards, and controls, are available at all times; and preparing reagents, controls, etc.; Recommending changes in procedure to improve efficiency, accurately, and safety; Establishing inventory and equipment maintenance requirements and maintaining appropriate inventories and maintenance schedules; Assisting in training personnel and/or students in laboratory procedures and laboratory safety; Functioning as a point of contact for implementation of safety regulations and safe working conditions and is accountable to the supervisory to report conditions and progress on eliminating discrepancies; Accepting/documenting incoming patient specimens using the designated computer system; Processing specimens and selecting appropriate procedures based on knowledge of the type of specimens, patient information, and laboratory resources; Reporting all specimen problems according to established guidelines; Performing a variety of laboratory tests, both new and established that involve very fine distinctions in analytical methods; Entering test results into hospital computer system, verifying the accuracy, completeness, and validity; Evaluating the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures; Correlating and integrating information and performing additional testing to confirm abnormal results as per policies and procedures; Participating in quality assurance activities; Performing related duties as required. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm or 3:30pm - 12:00am Both shifts include rotating weekends and holidays. DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. The VA Martinsburg Healthcare System offers a wide range of health, support, and facility services for Veterans at 8 locations serving western Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, northwest Virginia, and West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. Primary Care services are offered at the following locations. Martinsburg WV, Hagerstown MD, Cumberland MD, Franklin WV, Harrisonburg VA, Petersburg WV and Winchester VA.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
Physicians interested in caring for our America's Veterans and their families, email Nicole.Carey@va.gov or call 304-620-4354.
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.