NOTE: This announcement has been extended. Applicant(s) who previously applied, do not need to re-apply. These positions are located in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (HCS) tertiary care facility headquartered in Bay Pines, Florida. Other locations included are Naples, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Cape Coral, and Bradenton, FL Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). 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: "Having experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients." AND English Language Proficiency: 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. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English to meet the requirements of this position. The English Language proficiency statement appears as a Selective Placement Factor on the Assessment Questionnaire. To qualify for this position at the GS-4 level, you must also meet one of the following: GENERAL and SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-4: having six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience comparable to the next lower level if in the Federal service? This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. General Experience is (l) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience include: experience that may have been gained in (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 being filled. OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE GS-4: having successful completion of (a) an associate-degree course of study of which the 2nd year of the two (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) one (1) year of study that included six (6) semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of a full-time training course of approximately a year's duration in a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) school that included instruction in chemistry, hematology, blood banking, and microbiology (including serology) and that, in addition, included supervised laboratory practice incident to the diagnostic process and the treatment of patients; or (c) two (2) years of study that included at least twelve (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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION GS-4: Do you have the equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-4. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Analytical Reasoning Clerical 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*** Major duties: Receives telephonic inquires and communicating results to appropriate personnel using exemplary customer service and professionalism. Follows laboratory procedures for processing biological specimens. Operates laboratory equipment for the processing and storage of laboratory specimens, to include total lab automation processing systems, centrifuges, vortex, refrigerators, freezers, etc. 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. Possess the knowledge to differentiate the specimen collection containers, the importance of order-of-draw, and proper venipuncture procedures based on the test ordered. Ensures proper patient identification using a minimum of two patient identifiers per policy. Performs venipuncture procedures in the outpatient and/or inpatient settings. Maintains general knowledge of computer software programs, to include Microsoft Word and Excel. Reviews the patient's electronic medical record or in the laboratory computer system for active, pending, canceled, or completed laboratory orders. Evaluates aspects of the order for collection, receipt, or cancellation. Creates and/or receives shipping manifests using computer programs and barcode readers. Performs a limited amount of waived, low complexity laboratory tests, which could include, but is not limited to urine pregnancy tests. Prepares the specimen or patient for testing, perform the test procedure, and validate the accuracy of the results. Reports the test results in the laboratory computer system. Operates, maintains, troubleshoots, and manages complex laboratory automations systems for specimen management of multiple sections of the laboratory including, but not limited to, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and serology. quality control standards and/or prepare reagents. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating Schedule including Weekends, Holidays, Essential Personnel Roster, and On-Call Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Are authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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