Employee will be assigned to the Phlebotomy section of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Section at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital, in Columbia, MO, as a Medical Technician. DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: 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. EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-3 level if in the Federal service. This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience includes: experience that may have been gained in (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 positions being filled. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Successful completion of ( a) an associate-degree course 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 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 incident 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 biological science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the position being filled. OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-4. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Computer SkillsCustomer Service (Clerical/Technical)Patient CareQuality AssuranceSpecimen 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 performed requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending over equipment/instruments, and occasionally unassisted light lifting or carrying. Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents. You will be required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions. There may be special requirements for agility or dexterity, such as exceptional hand/eye coordination or color differentiation. 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/. ["Performs Phlebotomy duties on both inpatients and outpatients for clinical laboratory testing. Uses computer to query patient demographics, laboratory test requests, test order status and test descriptions. Uses computer to order, delete or amend laboratory tests, build collection lists, print collection lists and labels, and log in collection of specimens. When performing phlebotomy duties. incumbent could spend up to eight hours a day intermittently using the computer which could amount to over 35% of their time on the computer and the rest performing phlebotomy. Uses centrifuges and other laboratory equipment and supplies to process specimens after collection. Sorts aliquots and distributes specimens throughout the laboratory and to other hospital and referral labs. Assists the Ancillary Testing Coordinator. Performs ancillary testing procedures, for example fingerstick glucose measurements, and quality control associated with these tests. Acts as courier to deliver specimens to UMHC laboratories an returns pathology reports, test results and specimens to the laboratory Measures, aliquots, and prepares preservatives for surgical and cytology specimens Picks up, preserves, measures, aliquots, and prepares for shipment all 24 hour urine collections. Stocks blood drawing and processing supplies in the receiving area and blood drawing room. Insures printers in receiving room and blood drawing room are functioning properly, programs setup, and replaces paper. labels and ribbons. Instruct patients on proper collection of specimens for timed and random testing. Answers queries from physicians. nurses and other hospital staff regarding test requirements. processing instructions, test order status. Routes calls to the proper section of the lab. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m; Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.\nPosition Description: Medical Technician\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position."]
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