Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Technician in Fort Harrison, Montana
Summary This position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) in Montana Fort Harrison Laboratory. Performs a variety of functions, including: Accessioning specimens into the computer system; collecting, evaluating and processing patient specimens; answering questions related to sample collection; instructing and assisting patients and sending out specimens for testing. Follows policies and procedures established by the service, medical center, the VA and regulatory agencies. Responsibilities Duties include but may not be limited to: Incumbent collects and processes blood and body fluid specimens, ensuring safety and non-traumatic processes are used with critical concern for the patient and the quality of the specimen with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or required re-sticks. This involves correct patient identification, which means asking their full name and last four of their social security number. Verifies that the proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Labels all tubes with the patient's name, full social security number. date, time and the phlebotomist's initials and re-identifies patient using full name and full SSN. Adheres to safety, infection control and universal precautions at all times while collecting samples. This includes wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. Must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, being able to draw all but the most difficult patients and follow proper procedures for redrawing blood. In addition, must develop the essential speed required to complete the blood drawing duties. The Technician must be familiar with tests performed throughout the laboratory, i.e. chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology, and cytology. Duties require that the incumbent be familiar with the Vista and CPRS computer systems. Collecting timed specimens for growth hormone, peak and trough drug levels, glucose and lactose tolerance specimens" Collecting blood cultures using aseptic technique. Urine collection in accordance with the Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program as administered and regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for drug testing of new employees. lnstructs patients in proper sterile midstream urine collection, 24 hour urine collection, and collection of stool specimens for culture and sensitivity, ova and parasites and occult bloods. Assists in teaching laboratory and clinic personnel theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection and specimen requirements. Must be able to respond to, report and assist in emergency situations. Must know CPR and first aid procedures for the care of patients who become sick, arrest or faint while having blood drawn. Observes and reports any physical or mental changes while patients are being drawn to clinical or supervisory personnel. Provides care based on physical, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of patients served. . Maintains a clean workspace and continuously monitors the area for contamination. Procedures for properly decontaminating spills and the safe disposal of all contaminated materials must be understood and followed at all times. lnvestigate missing or incomplete patient laboratory orders. Prepares the lab appointment lists for veterans at least one week ahead of schedule to ensure prompt attention to the patient when they present for specimen collection. 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. Requires knowledge of differing requirements for over 700 laboratory tests. The employee is responsible for protecting data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion also, the employee must follow applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access code, etc., as set out in the automated information system security access agreement which the employee has signed. Incumbent is responsible for receiving and storage of Laboratory supplies. This includes, but is not limited to, documenting the receipt date on each item, verifying the storage requirement of each item by temperature requirement (room temperature, refrigerator or freezer), and rotating the stock to ensure the newest supply is in the back. In addition the incumbent is required to check the expiration date of all reagents and supplies in the room temperature storage room for expiration, sequestering the item, and notifying the supervisor of the findings. Performs other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Days and evening. Mondays thru Fridays with occasional Saturdays. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD10174A 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. 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. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: For a GS-5 position you must have one (1) year equivalent to at least the GS-4. Examples of would include: Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking); Preparing reports or findings; Technical support work in a closely related field, e.g. biological laboratory technician work that required application of methods and techniques for the positions to be filled. OR, Education: 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, if required. OR, Combination: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communications Computer Skills Diagnostic Medical Testing Specimen Collection 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: Work requires regular and recurrent standing, bending, and occasional lifting of some heavy containers weighing 20-40 lbs. Occasional walking between sections of Pathology & Laboratory Service. 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 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. Additional Information Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. [Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable.] At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. 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/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.