This position is located within Laboratory Service at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) in Anchorage, Alaska. 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 meet the requirements of this position. In addition, in order to qualify for this position applicants must also meet at least ONE of the following minimum qualifications: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience is generally considered to be 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 application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. In addition, specific qualifying specialized experience for this position (which should be documented on your resume) is: Operating sensitive analyzers; confirming patient identification when pouring off samples to prevent mislabeling and erroneous testing; collecting patient specimens; and adhering to quality standards of the lab. NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Your answer will be verified against information provided on your resume. If your resume does not clearly support your response by addressing your work experience in detail you will be disqualified. OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successfully completed one-half year of graduate education or internship that is directly related to the work of this position as a Medical Technician. NOTE TO APPLICANTS: One year of full-time graduate level (not undergraduate level) education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the transcript provided, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying 1 year of full-time graduate study. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED - If you do not submit a copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.) OR COMBINATION: Possess equivalent combinations of experience and education as described above to fully meet the requirements of this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Diagnostic Medical TestingSpecimen CollectionTechnical 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. 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*** Some of the duties and responsibilities of this position include (but are not limited to): Performs quality control, patient test procedures, results verification, and specimen collection/transportation in CLIAA certified \"high complexity\" laboratory. Provides logistical support to laboratory operations. Manages patient electronic medical record databases in multiple laboratory information systems. Applies practical knowledge of phlebotomy, chemistry, biology, analysis methods, scientific instrument engineering, and anatomy principles in the performance of duties. Has responsibilities in accreditation readiness. Work assignments encompass the full range of analysis and require duties to be carried out in multiple laboratory disciplines concurrently, including: clinical chemistry, toxicology, drug monitoring, urinalysis, hematology, microscopy, hematology, cell differentials, serology, and rapid enzyme immunoassay techniques. Ensures that specimens meet an acceptable standard of quality before proceeding with testing and makes adjustments based on assessments of specimen integrity. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm\nRecruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.