The Medical Technician will collect, process and distribute specimens to the laboratory sections or reference labs. The Medical Technician will ensure proper procurement, processing and distribution to ensure that accurate results are given. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/19/2022. Selective Placement Factor: This position has a Selective Placement Factor- Applicant must possess knowledge and experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws. The applicant will be required to assess patient collection sites and determine the best option from which a quality sample could be obtained and collect blood specimens according to physician's orders. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: General/Specialized Experience: 6 months of general experience, and 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level in the federal service, that equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position and that is typically in and/or related to the position being filled. Specialized experience includes knowledge of the processes, methods and procedures associated with lab testing. Knowledge and skills to confer with patients and staff concerning testing requirements and to provide advice and assistance on proper collection of processing questions. Knowledge of instructional techniques and practices sufficient to instruct students at all levels to apply principles and practical applications used in collection, processing, distribution and shipping of lab specimens. Knowledge of phlebotomy techniques. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have. 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 a high school diploma. Individual Occupational Requirement: In addition to the specialized experience above, individuals must also meet the occupational requirements for the Medical Technician position. Candidate must possess: Specialized Experience: (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 position to be filled. OR Education and Training: For GS-4: 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 the training course as described in (a) above for GS-3; 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 to be filled.You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Specimen Collection Computer Skills Customer Service 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 position will require moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking ( 2 hours), standing (6 hours), kneeling (4-6) ,repeated bending (2 hours), both legs required, operation of crane, truck, tractor of motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 14; to 16'to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color, and hearing (aid may be permitted). 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 will include, but are not limited to: Obtain venous blood samples by aseptic venipuncture technique from ambulatory patients in the Laboratory. Verify patient's correct identification (name and social) before obtaining any specimen. Properly label specimens following specimen procurement policies and procedures. Responsible for proper receipt and accessioning of specimens delivered to the laboratory. Verifies correct labeling and identification of specimens. Ensures that all tests that are requested in the patient's order have been received and investigates discrepancies when necessary. Performs the processing of all clinical laboratory specimens in the Central Processing Area and responsible for the timely and proper distribution of specimens to the appropriate section or reference laboratories. Exercise attention and good judgment are required in prioritizing and stipulating the requested urgencies of laboratory orders. Maintains phlebotomy supplies at established levels and stocks the specimen procurement stations and specimen phlebotomy trays. Performs inventory counts, logs in and disburses incoming supplies when necessary. Monitors technical equipment and performs maintenance and quality assurance or instrumentation. Monitors lab environment, such as temperatures, freezers, refrigerators and incubators to ensure equipment is working as expected. Responsible for proper disposition of laboratory waste. Packages supplies and specimens for pick up or shipment following established packaging requirements. Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, HIPPA and other applicable laws, and federal regulations. Work Schedule: Shift A: M-F 6:45 am to 3:30 pm; Shift B: M-F 7:00 am to 3:45 pm; Shift C: M-F 7:45 am to 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD01269A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nNote: This is a Bargaining Unit Position."]
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