The incumbent serves in the Phlebotomy and Laboratory sections of the Diagnostic Service Line. The position is that of a Medical Technician assigned to provide phlebotomy support for both inpatients and outpatients at the St. Cloud VAHCS. The incumbent will do phlebotomy, accession specimens, and perform other procedures necessary to ensure appropriate specimen receipt, handling and processing to ensure accurate, reliable, laboratory results. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/28/2023. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience with duties related to the position. 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.. 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) an associate degree- of study of which the 2nd year of the 2-year program included successful completion of a training course of approximately a year's duration in a certified laboratory assistant school approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; (b) 1 year of study that included 6 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of a full-time training course of approximately a year's duration in a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) school that included instruction in chemistry, hematology, blood banking, and microbiology (including serology) and that, in addition, included supervised laboratory practice included to the diagnostic process and the treatment of patients; or (c) 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biologic science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the position to be filled. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED). OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education that may be used to meet total qualification requirements. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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: Physical demands may involve minimal lifting, standing, foot travel, bending, or sitting. The incumbent must have the digitial dexterity and adequate vision to perform safe venipuncture procedures. The incumbent must fully utilize all safety practice and equipment provided by the Health Care System, and in compliance with local and accrediting agency requirements. 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. The majority of the incumbent's day will be spent performing routine venipuncture specimen collections from inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory patients. The incumbent will be required to proficiently collect these blood samples with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or required resticks, and ensure that samples are submitted to the clinical laboratory with the least possible delay. Then incumbent's productivity will be required to remain at minimum of nine patient draws per hour. The incumbent may also be required to receive and sort specimens, check request slips for proper information, log in specimens and deliver specimens to various laboratory sections. The incumbent may also be assigned to technical support tasks that include, but are not limited to: Completing anatomic pathology reports, maintain records and process requests for information. Preparation of samples for testing in the various clinical laboratory sections, such as labeling, centrifugation, aliquotting, etc. Distribution, storage and delivery of supplies and other materials used for the purpose of phlebotomy services. Cleaning and restocking the blood collection room and areas where collection trays and equipment are stored. Receiving phlebotomy requests utilizing computerized, manual and phone methods. recollection of patient specimens when determined by the medical technologists to be inadequate or insufficient to meet the test requirements. Collection of additional samples as required for the purpose of performing additional requested testing. Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Additional information may be provided during the interview process. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD90428A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Bargaining Unit Position: Yes, AFGE/1272"]
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