NOTE: Vacancy announcement has been updated to include this position is subject to drug testing. Performs work in the Sacramento V AMC (medical) laboratory. The incumbent works as a Medical Technician in the Specimen Processing section of the laboratory and draws blood from patients as necessary. Position falls under Path & Lab service. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/17/2023. 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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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. The incumbent will maintain the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. He/she will ensure that a sufficient supply of reagents, consumables, and equipment are available at all times by ordering an adequate supply from commercial sources or preparing a variety of specialized solutions or reagents. Using established procedures, maintains a variety of instrumentation and laboratory equipment. Assures correct quality control measures are incorporated into all procedures. He/she will recognize indicators of malfunction and evaluates validity of data. When operations fall outside acceptable limits, incumbent uses independent judgment in adjusting either the procedure or the mechanical device used in the operation to bring it into good quality control. Preferred Experience: Should have experience in receiving specimens for all testing into the laboratory, verify the accuracy and completeness and should be able to prioritize requests for emergency orders and notify technologists of impending work. BASIC REQUIREMENTS/Individual Occupational Requirements: (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. (This experience must be well documented in your resume.) In addition must also meet below requirement. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of human anatomy, aseptic technique and various phlebotomy equipment used in collection of blood. (This experience must be well documented in your resume.). You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communications Infection Control Interpersonal Skills Specimen Collection 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 work requires extensive and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending, lifting (less than 40 pounds), walking, stooping, and stretching. 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/. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Draws blood from outpatients for requested laboratory tests. This includes using special drawing techniques and assuring that proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes with the patient's name, social security number, date, and time to insure proper identification. The incumbent will adhere to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood. This includes such things as replacing bed rails (in triage), removing tourniquets and wearing gloves. He/she must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, being able to draw all but the most difficult patients and follows proper procedures for redrawing blood. The incumbent will receive specimens for all testing into the laboratory. He/ she w ii 1 verify the accuracy and completeness of the request will contact the appropriate clinic or unit personnel to correct discrepancies. He/she will prioritize requests for emergency orders and notify technologists of impending work. He/she will ensure proper patient identification, sample and patient preparation, sample collection, and sample transport requirements for all laboratory tests have been met and identify unusual conditions and discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently, and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. The incumbent will maintain the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. He/she will ensure that a sufficient supply of reagents, consumables, and equipment are available at all times by ordering an adequate supply from commercial sources or preparing a variety of specialized solutions or reagents. Using established procedures, maintains a variety of instrumentation and laboratory equipment. Assures correct quality control measures are incorporated into all procedures. He/she will recognize indicators of malfunction and evaluates validity of data. When operations fall outside acceptable limits, incumbent uses independent judgment in adjusting either the procedure or the mechanical device used in the operation to bring it into good quality control. Work Schedule: Full Time. Monday-Friday. 7:30am-4:00pm. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD10068-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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