The Medical Technician is responsible for performing multiple duties in the central accessioning and specimen processing area in the Core Laboratory Section of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service. The Medical Technician functions in a semi-independent status performing a variety of specialized functions, which include: technical procurement of inpatient and outpatient blood specimens for lab testing; process and evaluate patient specimens suitability for testing; receiving and accessioning lab orders and specimens into computer system; communicating with providers and staff regarding lab specimen queries; instruct and assist patients with collection procedures; and prepares and monitors lab test for reference lab testing. Follows policies and procedures established by VA, regulatory agencies, medical center, and service and emits composure under stressful conditions. The employee interprets and enters specific laboratory orders in the computerized patient record system (CPRS) and responds to changing priorities that frequently depend upon the urgency of the situation that will have a direct impact on the quality of patient care and treatment. The employee facilitates the initiation and completion of efficient processing of patients within the laboratory and throughout the medical and surgical units within the facility. The employee is in this position is responsible for and able to perform a variety of technical and clerical duties related to receipt, processing, preparation of specimens and procurement using phlebotomy skills which entails daily potential exposure to blood borne pathogens and thus requires skill and thorough knowledge of safety and infection control. The employee greets patients, checks their lab test requests ordered by the Provider in VistA, appropriately inputs/accessions/print labels for test requests, labels specimen containers with correct patient identification, and provides other correct collection containers along with both written and verbal instructions for collection as required accomplishing the Provider's request. Specific duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to: Collecting blood specimens for a variety of laboratory tests. Preparing specimen prior to delivering to the appropriate section of lab for testing and inspecting specimens to determine suitability or appropriateness for the test required. Accurately identifying patient and patient specimens according to laboratory protocols. Performing a variety of basic as well as selected procedures in various sections of the lab draw section. Operating equipment both manual and automated, necessary for the processing of specimens and testing. Assisting in training and orienting newly hired phlebotomists in venipuncture techniques. Preparing and separating specimens for reference lab testing according to the specific test requirement. Performing job function in a timely, responsible and competent manner. Protecting computer data from unauthorized access and follow applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computer files, release of access codes, etc. Determining the best manner in which to complete task when given specific instructions or guidelines. Acting as liaison between work center and other patient care areas regarding items directly related to patient specimen collection and processing. Using a computer to perform varied clerical and technical tasks required by the job, to include entering and retrieving specimen data via a computer system in preparation of processing specimens for the performance of patient teaching. Communicating effectively and tactfully with all laboratory staff, providers, nurse, other health care team members and patient. Work Schedule: Monday through Frida, 7:00am to 3:30pm with rotating weekends, holidays and oncall. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD11091A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.