The advanced phlebotomy/processing medical technician performs and results a broad range of waived tests including finger-stick based testing, documents and processes specimens obtained during rapid on-site evaluations in the CT suite, and assists patients with complex sample collection by anterior nasal swabbing and urine collection schedules such as 24-hour. Serves as the Back-up Lead Phlebotomist/Specimen Processing technician as needed by the P&LMS service for coverage. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/11/2023. 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-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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: Specialized Experience (This experience must be well documented in your resume or application package.): You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Performing venipunctures with knowledge of phlebotomy procedures and equipment used for venipunctures ( e.g., butterflies, vacutainer system, syringes and straight needles). Specimen processing (centrifuging/aliquoting specimens) with the appropriate equipment and materials for the processing of laboratory tests. Performing waived testing and knowledge of standard operating procedures for processing, phlebotomy, and POC devices. Knowledge of phlebotomy procedures to include the vacutainer system, the capillary puncture technique, and collection with butterfly needles. Adhering to all universal precautions, infection control, and safety regulations associated with the laboratory. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one full year of graduate education directly related to the work of Medical Technician. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Analysis and Problem Solving Attention to Detail Creative Thinking Organizational Stewardship 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 is primarily sedentary. It occasionally may require carrying of light objects such as files, books and papers; some walking, standing, stooping and bending, to include the use of a computer terminal for approximately 6 hours daily. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 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/. ["The incumbent functions in technical and advanced technical capacities in Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing for the Clinical Laboratory. The incumbent carries out duties in phlebotomy and specimen processing and responds to the Blood Bank and Ancillary Testing Supervisors. Duties include, but not limited to: Receives requests for testing into the laboratory. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request. Interacts with hospital personnel to correct discrepancies. Recognizes emergency situations and takes necessary action. Establishes priorities for emergency orders. Incumbent must have crucial critical and analytical decision-making ability to be able to triage competing requests and orders. Notifies technologists of impending work and the status of such, i.e. emergency or routine. If the incumbent does not perform this process correctly then the wrong tests may be performed, sample integrity may be compromised, and critical miscommunication of emergencies could lead to very negative patient outcomes. Receives specimens for diagnostic cytology. Specimens are first grossed for an accurate description to be included in the final report, accessioned in both the Providence system and the Boston Healthcare System, edited again in the Providence system, then labeled. Processing requires appropriate preservatives in amounts appropriate to the sample received. This entire process requires attention to detail and critical thinking. Enters all requests into the hospital computer system using multiple formats. Must properly use approximately 200 computer codes for laboratory tests. If procedures and policies are not followed regarding accessioning, then incorrect clinical laboratory tests or omission of critical testing may follow resulting in serious negative patient outcomes. Receives all samples for testing into the laboratory. Labels specimens, centrifuges samples, and distributes them to the appropriate areas (Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, etc.). Verifies identifiers such as patient identification, time sample arrived, sample collection, type of test requested. Verifies sample collection and sample transport requirements for all laboratory tests. Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies, which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. This process demands critical, analytical, and deductive reasoning skills as discrepancies not noticed or compromised sample integrities not caught could lead to inaccurate lab tests, with very serious consequences for the patients. Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure each specimen is handled properly. Performs moderate complexity waived tests according to the needs of the service to optimize patient care. Builds manifests for Send Out testing and gathers, aliquots, labels, and packages specimens for courier pickup. Specimen processing requires knowledge of differing requirements for over 200 laboratory tests, including specialized procedures for infrequently ordered send out tests. Infrequently ordered tests must be researched in several manuals and the information forwarded to the Laboratory Information Manager so that the test in question may be considered for inclusion into the electronic ordering window. Performs and results a broad range of low or moderate complexity waived tests including finger-stick based testing in accord with the needs of the service to optimize patient care. Examples include CoaguChek, and preparation of slides, smears, cultures, etc. Follows written standard operating procedures and instructions provided by the Ancillary Coordinator supervisor for all waived testing. Assists with documentation and specimen handling/processing during rapid on-site evaluations in the CT suite under direct supervision of a Pathologist or Histotechnologist. Work Schedule: Full time; Monday-Friday; 8:00a.m-4:30p.m, with rotating weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Blood Banking)/PD03115A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is in the Competitive Service. Veterans' preference does not apply for current federal employees. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is a LIUNA Bargaining Unit position. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment."]
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