The employee serves as a Medical Technician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The employee will aid Medical Technologists, Supervisors and Managers in performing specimen collection, examination, receipt, processing, and shipment procedures as well as phlebotomy in an inpatient and outpatient setting. The position is located at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, FL. The incumbent serves as a Medical Technician in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. ***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Some duties include. The employee is responsible for reviewing requests for laboratory testing to verify the accuracy and completeness of the request. The employee is responsible for reviewing specimen labels for completeness and requesting recollection when not labeled appropriately. The employee is responsible for receiving, "accessioning", specimens into the clinical laboratory, to include an electronic documentation into the Laboratory computer system. The employee is responsible for receiving telephonic inquires and communicating results to appropriate personnel using exemplary customer service and professionalism. The employee must follow laboratory procedures for processing biological specimens The employee has a high level of knowledge of sample requirements for tests and clearly communicates those requirements to pathologists, clinicians, nurses, and other laboratory personnel. The employee is responsible for operating laboratory equipment for the processing and storage of laboratory specimens, to include total lab automation processing systems, centrifuges, vortex, refrigerators, freezers, etc. The employee appropriately processes specimens using necessary laboratory techniques to prepare samples for specific analysis; controls physical conditions; responds to time factors to ensure that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. Evaluates requested tests/procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if determined to be unsatisfactory. This may require contacting the patient to reschedule the collection procedure. Demonstrated knowledge of quality control & quality assurance procedures on elaborate and complex laboratory instrumentation sufficient to ensure test accuracy and precision. The employee routes specimens for testing and delivers specimens to the specific laboratory section that performs the testing, to include Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Microbiology, Serology, and Histology. The employee must have extensive knowledgeable about the specimen requirements for each reference laboratory test, specific to the receiving reference lab. There are over 300 reference laboratory tests used throughout a minimum of 10 individual reference laboratories. This includes complex specialized, esoteric and genomic tests. The employee receives and processes all specimens, blood, urine, body fluid, CSF, bone marrow, tissue, that are sent to commercial and VA reference laboratories for testing using strict guidelines for specimen integrity and stability. This includes centrifugation, aliquoting, labeling, and proper storage prior to shipment to the reference laboratory. The employee must have the knowledge and ability to process requisitions in the reference laboratory computer system or properly complete manual requisitions. The employee must possess the knowledge to differentiate the specimen collection containers, the importance of order-of-draw, and proper venipuncture procedures based on the test ordered. The employee is responsible for proper patient identification using a minimum of two patient identifiers per policy. The employee performs venipuncture procedures in the outpatient and/or inpatient settings. Performs other related duties as assigned. 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. Work Schedules: A variety of Full-Time and Part-time (20 or 25 hours weekly) work schedules are available. Work schedule will be determined upon selection. Note: Will be expected to work rotating weekends and holidays. In addition, assigned rotation for on-call and Disaster Schedule for Essential Personnel as needed to meet minimum staffing requirements and service needs. Work Schedule: A variety of work schedules are available. Work schedule will be determined upon selection. Note: Will be expected to work rotating weekends and holidays. In addition, assigned rotation for on-call and Disaster Schedule for Essential Personnel as needed to meet minimum staffing requirements and service needs. Recruitment Incentives: Are authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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