The incumbent serves as a medical laboratory technician in the Cedar Rapids Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The Medical Technician leads and oversees laboratory operations and performs a variety of general procedures including phlebotomy, accessioning, processing, point of care testing, and general clerical and administrative support for the CBOC. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/27/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Candidates may be advanced without time restriction to positions up to GS-5 if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade the employee held within the preceding 52 weeks under his or her latest non-temporary competitive appointment. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Selective Placement Factors: Applicants must meet the following selective placement factors to be considered for the position. Applicants must posses a current, valid CPR certification. (Proof of certification required). Experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients. GS-05 Grade: 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-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: reviewing and verifying the accuracy and completeness of laboratory tests requested; reporting abnormal findings to supervisor to resolve problems encountered; following standardized procedures which give carefully detailed instructions on each step of assigned tests and examinations; instructing patients on procedures to follow prior to, during, and after tests and making schedules for a patient to follow in order to obtain the correct specimens at the required time. Specialized experience is further defined as 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 (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 full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects related to the duties of the Medical Technician position. (Transcripts Required). GS-06 Grade: You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: performing a variety of complex tests and examinations that are typically covered by laboratory manuals and written instructions; exercising independent judgment in recognizing technical irregularities and atypical findings and working with clinic personnel to resolve discrepancies; instructing patients on procedures to follow prior to, during, and after tests and making schedules for a patient to follow in order to obtain the correct specimens at the required time; calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment to minimize breakdowns; ensuring safety requirements and facility policy compliance of laboratory. Specialized experience is further defined as 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 (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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: ClericalCustomer Service (Clerical/Technical)Quality ManagementSpecimen 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/Work Environment: The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring walking or bending to observe, collect, or record data. In the laboratory, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination. The work involves regular and recurring minimal risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts or machines; with contagious diseases or irritant chemicals. Employees are required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, goggles, gloves, or shields to moderate risks, or to follow procedures for minimizing risk. 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/. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Maintains Equipment/Supplies/Facilities\nMaintains the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. Determines compliance with safety requirements, establishes inventory and equipment maintenance requirements, and maintains appropriate inventories and maintenance schedules. Maintains laboratory stock and orders materials, as needed. Maintains laboratory in a clean and safe condition according to agency or accreditation requirements. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instrumentation on timely intervals so as to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. Conducts work according to Laboratory Safety Regulations and instructs coworkers on safety policies and procedures. Functions as primary point of contact for implementation of safety regulations and safe working conditions and is accountable to supervisor to report conditions and progress on eliminating discrepancies. Maintains Laboratory Records\nMaintains and controls laboratory records. Performs proficiency survey testing to insure accuracy of laboratory results. Incumbent is responsible for presenting the data to the supervisor in a logical and systematic fashion. As such, the technician is responsible for working with the ancillary testing coordinator to perform method validations and correlations, including running samples and tabulating data. Data are often graphed or displayed in tables to highlight results. Records information pertaining to the storage of specimens or reagents and completes appropriate tracking/inventory system information. Prepares/Examines Specimens\nReceives requests for testing into the laboratory. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request. Interacts with clinic personnel to correct discrepancies. Recognizes emergency situations and takes necessary action. Establishes priorities for emergency orders. Verifies proper patient preparation, patient identification, sample collection, and sample transport requirements for all laboratory tests. Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently, and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure specimen integrity. Obtains samples of blood or other bodily fluids or substances. Ensures safe and non-traumatic processes are used with critical concern for the patient and for the quality of the specimen. Uses standard aseptic procedures and safeguards. Phlebotomist Duties\nDraws blood from patients for requested laboratory tests. This includes using special drawing techniques and assuring that proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes with the patient's name, social security number, date, and time to insure proper identification. Performs blood drawing duties in a courteous manner. Makes the patient feel as comfortable as possible. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood. This includes such things as removing tourniquets and wearing gloves. Must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, being able to draw all but the most difficult patients and follows proper procedures for redrawing blood. In addition, must develop the essential speed required to complete the blood drawing duties. Administrative Duties\nProvides general clerical and administrative support for clinic. Schedules appointments and tests, and coordinates activities and appointments for the clinical area, avoiding conflicts in patient treatment plans. Orders are verified and completed properly. Answers telephone inquiries regarding services available. Assembles patient records and individual documents for clinic appointments. Participates in performance improvement activities. Responsible for record operations and maintenance in the clinic. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday\nTelework: Not Authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD50151A and PD50150A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nBargaining Unit: This is a bargaining unit position"]
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