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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician (Phlebotomist) in Fargo, North Dakota

Summary The incumbent serves as a phlebotomist in the clinical laboratory as assigned. The incumbent performs point of care (POC) testing, clerical and technical support in the coordination, care, and treatment provided to inpatients and outpatients of this Medical Center. Work includes utilization of established protocols and procedures to perform a wide variety of duties interrelated with the collection of blood, urine, and other specimens from patients for analytical purposes. Responsibilities Receives and evaluates requests for lab testing. Interacts with appropriate health care system personnel to resolve any discrepancies regarding lab testing requests. Follows established protocols to verify patient identity prior to specimen collection. Collects blood, urine, or other specimens and/or evaluates suitability of specimen for testing. Knowledgeable in the use of special drawing techniques and appropriate patient preparation, resulting in minimal trauma to the patient. Versed in use of appropriate collection containers and appropriate specimen volumes. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood. Uses proper personal protective equipment when performing specimen collection and follows proper handwashing/disinfecting techniques required by posted contact, droplet, or airborne precautions. Uses proper personal protective equipment when performing specimen collection and follows proper handwashing/disinfecting techniques required by posted contact, droplet, or airborne precautions. Effectively communicates with all levels of the health care system personnel as well as patients and their family members in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Utilizes computer system for retrieving and accepting lab orders, printing specimen labels, and correspondence. Assists in teaching laboratory and health care system personnel theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen requirements. Provides instruction to patients regarding collection 24-hour urine samples, stool sample collection, and sputum sample collection. Proficient in knowledge of performance parameters for POC INR testing to include recognition of critical values. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30AM-4:00PM with alternating Weekend and Holidays. Coverage of occasional night and PM shifts as needed. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)/PD40101A 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, 08/05/2021. 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 successfully completed 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: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation. Preferred experience: Phlebotomy certification Experience with phlebotomy or specimen processing You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:Computer SkillsInterpersonal SkillsPatient CareSpecimen CollectionTechnical 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 work requires manual dexterity and exceptional hand/eye coordination, some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking, reaching, bending, and to stand for several consecutive hours during the collection, processing and testing of specimens. Work is performed at a fast pace. In many situations the duration of the activity (such as most of a workday) contributes to the arduous nature of the job. Position requires occasional lifting of reagent/supply containers weighing up to 20 pounds. The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions. Employees are required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, lab coats, respirators, gloves, or shields to moderate risks, or to follow procedures for minimizing risk. The technician is regularly exposed to bio-hazardous material encountered in a clinical laboratory. This includes daily exposure to potentially infectious patients or materials, and occasional exposure to hazardous chemicals. The technician is required to take special precaution as prescribed by the Laboratory Safety and Chemical Hygiene Manual. Adherence to safety and Standard precautions and use of protective gear are mandatory to reduce occupational risk factors. There is frequent contact with patients with undiagnosed illnesses and the employee has the potential to be exposed to communicable disease. Employees are mandated to use appropriate personal protective equiptment. 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 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.