This position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The position could be in any section of the Laboratory Service. The Medical Laboratory Technician position will be assigned to a section of the laboratory, however, will be expected to rotate through other sections on a regular basis and to perform all required tests. 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. Are you proficient in basic written and spoken English. -AND- This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients. -AND- One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) in Federal Service that has given me the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of a Medical Technician GS-6. Specialized experience includes: (a) technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings and/or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques of a Medical Lab Technician. Experience should include collecting, categorizing, cataloging, storing, and maintaining specimen integrity; and calibrating, standardizing, and maintaining equipment and instruments. Specialized experience also includes: performing phlebotomy; maintaining phlebotomy supply inventory; using laboratory equipment; processing specimens for clinical laboratory sections. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. -OR- Successfully completed at least one-half year of graduate level education (9 semester hours above a bachelor's degree) or an internship in course matter that included courses directly related to the work of the Medical Technician such as chemistry, biological sciences, hematology, microbiology, serology, etc. This education must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. -OR- A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, that meets the total experience requirements for this grade level. This education must include courses directly related to the work of the position (as described above) and must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. NOTE: If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Analytical Thinking Customer Service Diagnostic Medical Testing Technical 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*** This announcement has been extended unitl 3-28-2023. Collects blood samples from patients on wards and/or in the outpatient blood drawing area using proper technique. This includes using special drawing techniques and assuring that proper tubes are used, and correct amount of blood is drawn. Verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes with two patient identifiers to insure proper identification. Standard Precautions and personal protective equipment including proper gloves, protective eye-wear, gowns and masks are used as required. Processes and evaluates a variety of specimens using equipment, instruments or techniques that are necessary to prepare them for specific analysis; controls physical conditions; responds to time factors to ensure that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. Assists with inventory control and supply ordering. Incumbent performs other related duties as assigned which may include specimen collection and performing tests not listed above. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm) Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required NOTE: This is a part-time position (24 hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule."]
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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.