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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician in Ogden, Utah

Summary

The position serves as a Medical Technician located in a Community-based Outpatient Clinic with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The position performs Phlebotomy, specimen testing, storage, and shipping of specimens, as well as various clerical duties for the outpatient clinic. The position performs CLIA waived point of care testing.

Responsibilities

This is a Temporary appointment not-to-exceed three years. Temporary appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. The appointment to a temporary position does not confer eligibility for promotion, reassignment, or transfer to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment. Performs blood collection procedures by venipuncture or capillary techniques on designated hospital patients. Establishes proper identity of all patients, ensures accountability of specimens by proper and complete labeling with the patient's full name and Social Security Number. Administers first aid, if necessary, to counteract unfavorable patient reactions. Organizes work in the collection room to ensure optimal patient flow. Keeps work area clean, organized, and well stocked with supplies. Disinfects and closes the collection area at the end of the shift. Maintains patient privacy in all matters in accordance with the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA). Performs special procedures to include, but not limited to, administration of oral products such as glucola for glucose tolerance testing and obtaining specimens for forensic or medico legal purpose such as blood alcohols and drug testing. Performs CLIA(Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Act) waived complexity testing such as rapid testing for acute influenza A and B virus infection and detection of Group A Strep from throat swabs. Collects and begins PT/INR testing on the IStat Handheld Clinical point of care analyzer (for the measurement of Prothrombin Time and the International Normalized Ratio utilized for patients being monitored for the effectiveness of Coumadin) and submits it to a Medical Technologist for

review and verification of results. Receives samples and specimens of tissue, blood, urine, stool, sputum, and other body fluids. Checks that all specimens are properly and completely labeled; assures the proper request, both hardcopy and VISTA computer orders and correct specimen (i.e., type, amount, etc.) are submitted with all required information. Contacts the appropriate clinic, ward, or nurse/provider when specimens are incorrectly identified or submitted. Contacts physicians for additional needed information and/or patient history in order to insure proper testing and interpretive data is received. Performs accessioning procedures using the VISTA system. Processes a wide variety of laboratory specimens for shipment to civilian or military reference laboratories using procedures and materials that conform to EPA (CFR 40) and OSHA (CFR 29) regulations. Performs all required specimen preparations prior to storage and shipment (i.e., centrifugation, serum separation, freezing, or refrigeration, etc.). Ensures all 24-hour urine collection containers are properly prepared with the appropriate preservatives and labels. Performs clerical duties related to handling of laboratory specimens, e.g. conducting order entry and patient registration in reference lab information systems, accessioning specimens, receiving test results from reference laboratories, entering results into the VISTA, verifying for completeness, and checking for pending test results. Makes distribution of reports to physician and medical records when automation is unavailable. Accurately enters results into the VISTA computer system. Immediately contacts physician of critical results. Accesses reference laboratory information system to retrieve patient results. Uses vendor-provided (commercial laboratory) computer terminals and printers to obtain test results or status. Operates and maintains the computer systems in accordance with the contractor's recommendations and existing departmental SOPs. Troubleshoots to identify malfunctions and takes necessary actions to correct the malfunctions identified or contacts the information systems officer for support if corrective actions is beyond operator's capability/responsibility. Work telephonically with vendor hotline personnel in an effort to correct computer/printer problems. Maintains files hard copies of laboratory reports in an organized, systematic manner, which allows easy retrieval of results. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:30pm, with varying shifts available

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position

Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD10390-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/27/2021. 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-4 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) 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 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. OR, Combination: A combination of specialized experience and post high-school education (beyond 2 years) that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying for this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Computer SkillsCustomer ServicePatient CareSpecimen 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: The work requires extensive periods of standing and walking, regular and recurring bending ,lifting (less than40 pounds), occasional patient transfer from chair to bed and bed to chair, stooping, and stretching. The work involves moderate risks and discomfort associated with working in a clinical laboratory and drawing blood specimens from patients on wards with regular and recurrent exposure to hazards such as infectious materials, needle punctures, electrical appliances, and physical abuse by patients. The Medical Technician must use protective clothing when drawing patients and handling patient specimens. 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/.

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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