The position serves as a Medical Technician located in a
Community-based Outpatient Clinic with the VA Salt Lake City Health
Care System. The position performs Phlebotomy, specimen testing,
storage, and shipping of specimens, as well as various clerical
duties for the outpatient clinic. The position performs CLIA waived
point of care testing.
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This is a TERM appointment not-to-exceed 3 years. Term
appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited
duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are
eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as
permanent employees including health and life insurance,
within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and
Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended
without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The
appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for
promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be
non-competitively converted to permanent employment.
Performs blood collection procedures by venipuncture or
capillary techniques on designated hospital patients. Establishes
proper identity of all patients, ensures accountability of
specimens by proper and complete labeling with the patient's full
name and Social Security Number. Administers first aid, if
necessary, to counteract unfavorable patient reactions. Organizes
work in the collection room to ensure optimal patient flow. Keeps
work area clean, organized, and well stocked with supplies.
Disinfects and closes the collection area at the end of the shift.
Maintains patient privacy in all matters in accordance with the
Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA).
Performs special procedures to include, but not limited to,
administration of oral products such as glucola for glucose
tolerance testing and obtaining specimens for forensic or medico
legal purpose such as blood alcohols and drug testing. Performs
CLIA(Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Act) waived
complexity testing such as rapid testing for acute influenza A and
B virus infection and detection of Group A Strep from throat swabs.
Collects and begins PT/INR testing on the IStat Handheld Clinical
point of care analyzer (for the measurement of Prothrombin Time and
the International Normalized Ratio utilized for patients being
monitored for the effectiveness of Coumadin) and submits it to a
Medical Technologist for review and verification of results.
Receives samples and specimens of tissue, blood, urine, stool,
sputum, and other body fluids. Checks that all specimens are
properly and completely labeled; assures the proper request, both
hardcopy and VISTA computer orders and correct specimen (i.e.,
type, amount, etc.) are submitted with all required information.
Contacts the appropriate clinic, ward, or nurse/provider when
specimens are incorrectly identified or submitted. Contacts
physicians for additional needed information and/or patient history
in order to insure proper testing and interpretive data is
received. Performs accessioning procedures using the VISTA
Processes a wide variety of laboratory specimens for shipment to
civilian or military reference laboratories using procedures and
materials that conform to EPA (CFR 40) and OSHA (CFR 29)
regulations. Performs all required specimen preparations prior to
storage and shipment (i.e., centrifugation, serum separation,
freezing, or refrigeration, etc.). Ensures all 24-hour urine
collection containers are properly prepared with the appropriate
preservatives and labels.
Performs clerical duties related to handling of laboratory
specimens, e.g. conducting order entry and patient registration in
reference lab information systems, accessioning specimens,
receiving test results from reference laboratories, entering
results into the VISTA, verifying for completeness, and checking
for pending test results. Makes distribution of reports to
physician and medical records when automation is unavailable.
Accurately enters results into the VISTA computer system.
Immediately contacts physician of critical results. Accesses
reference laboratory information system to retrieve patient
results. Uses vendor-provided (commercial laboratory) computer
terminals and printers to obtain test results or status. Operates
and maintains the computer systems in accordance with the
contractor's recommendations and existing departmental SOPs.
Troubleshoots to identify malfunctions and takes necessary actions
to correct the malfunctions identified or contacts the information
systems officer for support if corrective actions is beyond
operator's capability/responsibility. Work telephonically with
vendor hotline personnel in an effort to correct computer/printer
problems. Maintains files hard copies of laboratory reports in an
organized, systematic manner, which allows easy retrieval of
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm, with
varying shifts available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD10390A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0645 Medical Technician
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
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the
normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are
not limited to: (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
- Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required
experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you
must have 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 subjects appropriate to the position to be
- Combination: A combination of specialized experience and post
high-school education (beyond 2 years) that demonstrates your
ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying for
this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this
- Computer Skills
- Customer Service
- Patient Care
- 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 periods of
standing and walking, regular and recurring bending ,lifting (less
than40 pounds), occasional patient transfer from chair to bed and
bed to chair, stooping, and stretching.
The work involves moderate risks and discomfort associated with
working in a clinical laboratory and drawing blood specimens from
patients on wards with regular and recurrent exposure to hazards
such as infectious materials, needle punctures, electrical
appliances, and physical abuse by patients. The Medical Technician
must use protective clothing when drawing patients and handling
For more information on these qualification standards, please
visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
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.
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