Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician (Phlebotomist) in Marion, Illinois
Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
06/11/2019 to 07/01/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 4 - 5
- ##### Salary
$30,344 to $44,130 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
Part-Time - 30 Hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The incumbent will perform phlebotomy, accession specimens, and performs other procedures necessary to ensure specimen receipt and handling, and processing to ensure accurate, reliable laboratory results. Works independently organizing and prioritizing workflow. Requires proficiently to collect these blood samples with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or required redraws and ensure that samples are submitted to the clinical laboratory with the least possible delay.
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The incumbent receives and sorts specimens, checks request slips for proper information, logs in specimens, and deliver specimens to various laboratory sections. The Medical Technician will be responsible for providing technical support for the following tasks that include, but are not limited to:
- Independently prepares samples for testing in the various clinical laboratory sections, such as labeling, centrifugation, decanting, aliquoting, etc.
- Prepare and determines that appropriate specimens are sent to correct reference lab for testing . - Distribution, storage and delivery of supplies and other materials used for the purpose of phlebotomy and other laboratory services.
- Cleaning and restocking the blood collection room and areas where collection trays and equipment are stored.
- Independently performs therapeutic phlebotomy testing in Blood Bank .
- Skills to recollect patient specimens when determined by the medical technologists to be inadequate or insufficient to meet the test requirements.
- Collect employee drug screens following proper chain of custody protocol. Independently collects blood cultures following written procedures .
- Performs/assists with testing Microbiology testing following procedures and protocols .
- Performs/assists with testing in Chemistry or Hematology as assigned by Lead Technologist Instruct patients on the proper collection of clean catch urines, 24 hour urine collection, and semen analysis.
- Independently perform and records maintenance, quality control on keyboards, refrigerator and freezers as assigned by Supervisor.
- Independently determines the appropriate temperature storage for supplies.
- Rotates inventory when stocking to minimize the waste of supplies and ensure continuous patient care testing.
The incumbent will observe all laboratory safety and infection control practices in accordance with the procedures established by national, regional, and facility policies. Blood sample collection must be performed in the manner described by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) as well as the written guidelines of PLMS.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, Weekends and Holidays Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)/PD3493-I and PD3493-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- #### Job family (Series)
0645 Medical Technician
- Assistants, Medical
- Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Clinical Laboratory Technologists And Technicians
- Medical And Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Medical Assistants
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/01/2019.
GS-04: No Time-In-Grade requirement.
GS-05: 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-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-03. 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. 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.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for GS-4: A. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Six (6) months of specialized experience with 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. B. EDUCATION: (Transcripts Required): 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 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 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in chemistry and/or biological science.; 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. C. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (Transcripts Required): The combined total percentage of education and experience must equal 100%.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for GS-5: A. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) full year of specialized experience with 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. B. EDUCATION: (Transcripts Required): Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences. C. COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (Transcripts Required): More than 6 months of specialized experience with 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 AND education beyond an associates degree with more than 12 semester hours in chemistry and/or biological science course work - only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5. EXAMPLE: The applicant has 8 months of specialized experience, and 80 semester hours of college (20 of which are in chemistry and/or biological sciences). This meets 75% of the specialized experience and 20 semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours, (33% of the general education), and 20 of the 24 hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences (83% of the required major study requirement). The applicant meets 100 percent of the total requirements.
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- Technical Competence
- Veteran and Customer Focus
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: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 6 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Touch and smell senses.
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/.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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Drug test required
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. RESUME: Formatted to include the following information for each position:
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- Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
- Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
- Duties (be as detailed as possible) - your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications
- Series and Grade, if applicable, for all Federal positions you have held
2. Documents to show your status to apply. The following are EXAMPLES and are NOT a comprehensive list of documents - please follow the document guidelines provided at https://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.pdf to insure that you submit all documents. - SF-50: must show your current grade, step, tenure and type of appointment, show your current position title, show that you are a current PERMANENT EMPLOYEE, be issued within the last year. NOT be for an award (SF-50s for awards do not contain the information needed). PLEASE NOTE THAT IN SOME INSTANCES, you may have to submit more than one SF-50. - DD-214: should include information that shows character of discharge (honorable, general, etc). This information is typically on the Member 4 copy of the DD-214. - VA Disability Letter should include information regarding the PERCENTAGE of disability, NOT give details regarding the type of disability. - Schedule A letter
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. - DD-214/ Statement of Service - Disability Letter (Schedule A) - Disability Letter (VA) - Resume - SF-15 - SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action - Transcript
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/01/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10523973.
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Marion VA Medical Center 2401 West Main Street Marion, IL 62959 US
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