The Medical Technician is responsible for independently performing a variety of difficult and complex laboratory procedures and examinations within various disciplines of the clinical laboratory. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until March 31, 2023 or until all positions are filled. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/31/2023. 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-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6. 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SCREEN-OUT) - A Selective Placement Factor (SPF) has been identified for this position. Selective Placement Factors (SPF) are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet the SPF are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position at the GS-7 level is: experience performing phlebotomy/blood draws on human patients. GRADE DETERMINATION GS-7 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-6 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 filled. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one (1) full year of graduate education, or an internship, that is directly related to the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. OR, Combination of Experience and Education: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required graduate education you have earned. Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-7. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Chemistry Customer Service (Clerical/Technical) Quality Management Technical Competence 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: Must have intact color vision. Work is performed in a laboratory atmosphere and requires regular and physical exertion such as walking, bending, recurrent standing and moderate lifting. The work requires specific physical characteristics and abilities and dexterity needed to perform intricate analytical and technical procedures. Work involves traveling to and from patient wards; prolonged periods of standing and bending over patients and/or control panels of analytic instruments; reaching, stooping and bending for supplies; carrying light to moderately heavy loads (specimen collection trays, reagents and supplies), entering patient information, test orders, and data in a computer. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7. NOTE: Your answers will be verified against the information you provide on your resume, documents, and information supplied by your references. If you do not clearly describe your experience in your resume, you will be rated ineligible. We cannot make assumptions about your work experience and skills. PREFERRED CERTIFICATION: It is VHA policy that any VA health care provider actively participating in direct patient care, possess and maintain training in Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as appropriate to the provider's credentials (NOTE: Please submit a copy of your certification). 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/. QUALIFICATION STANDARDS: Applicants must be eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement, having served continuously for at least one year in the other merit system under this interchange agreement. For more information regarding the VA Interchange Agreement please visit: Competitive Hiring (opm.gov) ["The duties of the Medical Technician includes but is not limited to: Performs complex analytical testing procedures under the supervision of a Medical Technologist as directed within the various sections of the service. Prepares reagents, assembles equipment and verifies correct instrument operation. Draws blood via venipuncture from outpatients and inpatients for requested laboratory tests to include using special drawing techniques, assuring that proper tubes are used, and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Performs tests that are new and involve very fine distinctions. Performs tests within the discipline of Microbiology to include, but are not limited to, setup and processing of specimens for culture, identification and sensitivity testing. Performs tests within the discipline of Hematology to include, but are not limited to, complete blood cell counts (CBC) processing in blood cell count analyzer and manual differentials as needed. Tests methodologies such as, but are not limited to, urinalysis with microscopic examination; colorimetric analytical testing procedures; nephrolomethic methodologies; fluorescent polarization immunoassay (FPIA); and microparticle enzyme immunoassay (MEIA). Receives and prepares requests for testing and specimens into the clinical laboratory and verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request. Verifies proper patient preparation, specimen collection, and specimen transport requirements for all reference laboratory tests. Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies that may cause erroneous test results. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures. Correlates and integrates information and performs additional testing to confirm abnormal results. Acts as liaison between the laboratory and the patient care areas. Serves as a reference for other healthcare professionals on the collection and processing of reference laboratory testing. Reports all Medical Alerts according to established guidelines. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 3:30pm to 12:00am with weekend and holiday rotations Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD91619-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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