This position is in PCS Procedural Medicine Service at the Veteran Health Indiana Medical Center (583) Indianapolis, Indiana. The incumbent serves as the Medical Technician providing point-of-care testing, venous puncture, urine drug screens, and must be familiar with basic laboratory operations. In addition to performing phlebotomy, the incumbent will be assigned to various duties according to the need of the PSC Procedural Medicine Service. THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT! To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2024. 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: Knowledge of technical and mechanical indicators to identify and correct instrument malfunctions and errors. Knowledge and skills in drawing blood for a variety of tests, from a variety of sites using a variety of methods. Knowledge of collection requirements such as tube order, proper fill amounts, and collection temperature and storage requirements. 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: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond high school. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Specimen Collection Teamwork Technical 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 required is generally sedentary in nature, but also includes standing, bending, and carrying light or medium loads of paper, office files, supplies, and equipment. Standing, moving and walking are also required when teaching or illustrating a procedure or process. 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 and Responsibilities: Venous Puncture/Specimen Collection: The majority of the incumbent's day will be spent performing routine venipuncture specimen collections from inpatients and outpatients 24 hours a day. The incumbent will be required to proficiently collect these blood samples with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or repeat venous puncture, and ensure that samples are submitted to the clinical laboratory with the least possible delay. Performs phlebotomy procedures following a sequence of steps approved for sample collection. Independently responsible for selecting the best venipuncture site, most suitable phlebotomy equipment ( needle type, size and length), most appropriate cleansing agent(s), proper collection vials and assessing the patient's condition before, during and after the procedure if deemed medically necessary. Responsible for preparation of the collection site and for drawing blood cultures without contamination including training on new blood culture kits. Accessioning and Processing Specimens: The incumbent may also be required to receive and sort specimens, check request slips for proper information, log in specimens and deliver specimens to various laboratory sections. The incumbent may also be assigned to technical support tasks that include but are not limited to: o Preparation of samples for testing in the various clinical laboratory sections, such as labeling, centrifugation, decanting, aliquoting, etc when assigned to work Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. Receives requests for testing and specimens into the laboratory and verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request Separates and routes the specimens to the specific laboratory section that performs the testing. Assists healthcare personnel who deliver specimens by directing them to place the specimens in the proper location based on the type of testing and the laboratory section. Recognizes emergency testing situations and takes necessary action to direct the specimens to the proper location. Accessions/acknowledges specimens upon arrival by utilizing the laboratory computer system and established guidelines. The incumbent will check relevant documentation and process specimens. Relevant information review includes, but is not limited to, the name of requesting individual, collection date and time of order, patient demographics, requesting practitioner, assessing sample integrity, priority status, and patient location. The incumbent will locate appropriate procedures to complete the processes ensuring the physical conditions of the specimen are maintained and stability time factors are evaluated. Point of Care Testing/Employee Drug Screens: The incumbent is responsible for performing a limited amount of patient testing which includes glucose testing and employee urine drug screening. The individual is required to prepare the specimen or patient for testing, prepare necessary reagents, perform the test procedure, verify the accuracy of the results, and report the results in the CPRS computer system. The incumbent will observe all safety and infection control practices in accordance to the procedures established by national, regional, and facility policies when performing Accu Check glucose monitoring including maintaining supplies preforming daily quality controls on devices. The incumbent performs established quality control procedures to check the accuracy and validity of the test results. Any deviations in quality control results are documented and reported to the supervisor. Prior to reporting patient test results, the incumbent takes appropriate action to correct the quality control deviations. He/she identifies instrument malfunctions, if applicable, and takes appropriate action to correct them. Administrative Support: The incumbent communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients. and others). Performing clerical functions such as photocopying, sorting, assembling, filing and delivery of such. Answers telephones, sorts incoming mail and other clerical tasks. Distribution, storage and delivery of supplies and other materials used for the purpose of phlebotomy services."]
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