These positions are located within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service of the Patient Services Directorate located at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The Medical Laboratory Technician performs wide variety of highly and moderately complex laboratory procedures. This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: MUST have experience in clinical chemistry, and transfusion service (blood bank) testing on human patients. (This experience must be documented in your resume) AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: MUST have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6) in the Federal service that includes (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. In addition, you must also have experience performing chemistry and hematology testing in a clinical setting. (This experience must be documented in your resume) OR EDUCATION: Have successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate education (18 semester hours) from an accredited institution with course work directly related to the work of this position (i.e. chemistry, biological sciences, hematology, microbiology, serology, etc.) may be substituted for the experience required. Such graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. (Transcripts Required) OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education (beyond 9 semester hours) and specialized experience that may be used to meet total experience requirements. This education must include courses directly related to the work of the position (as described above) and must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. (Transcripts Required) You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Diagnostic Medical Testing Integrity/Honesty Interpersonal Skills Specimen Collection Technical Problem Solving IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; religious; 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. 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/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Your duties can include but are not limited to the following: Verifies identity of patient and collects blood specimens with minimal discomfort to the patient using standard phlebotomy techniques. Performs a full range of laboratory testing and examination of blood, urine, body fluids and other specimens. Performs routine laboratory testing in all areas of the clinical laboratory including Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Immunology, Blood Bank, and Microbiology. Prepares reagents, runs quality control samples, calibrates and operates a variety of laboratory instrumentation, performs patient testing, verifies and reports testing results. Performs non-routine testing as required. Performs complex analyses and infrequently requested tests which may include transfusion reaction work-up, manual chemistry methods, body fluid analysis with manual differential, or special coagulation tests. Packages laboratory specimens for pick up and shipment to reference laboratories. Instructs medical technologist, medical technician, and phlebotomy students as well as new employees in approved laboratory techniques as assigned. Performs and evaluates quality control and proficiency testing samples according to laboratory standard operating procedures. Records laboratory data on charts, logs or computerized forms. Performs other related duties as assigned. DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Work Schedule:(2) Second Shift 2:30pm - 11pm with rotating weekend and holiday rotations. (2) Third Shift: 10:30pm - 7am with rotating weekend and holiday rotation. Overtime may be required. (1) First Shift: Variable start time. Start time will be between 5am - 7:30am. Weekend and holiday rotation required. Overtime may be required. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: IS authorized up to $10,000 for qualified candidates. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.