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The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is currently recruiting for two full-time Medical Technician's to serve in the Core Laboratory/Blood Bank of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program. The Medical Technicians are responsible for performing a wide range of emergency, routine, complex, and specialized test procedures in Clinical Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Immunochemistry, Urinalysis, Serology (including Covid-19), and Blood Bank with minimal on-site supervision. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/30/2022. 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 as described below: Specialized Experience: 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: Perform routine venipuncture specimen collections from inpatient, outpatients, and ambulatory inpatients by venipuncture and fingersticks on a routine and Stat basis. Utilizes computer technology to accept, track and result patient tests. Operates instrumentation for accurate and timely results of patient samples. Evaluates pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical variables. Performs proficiency testing. Performs accurate ID of specimen and orders for routine and Stat testing. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Attention to Detail Specimen Collection 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: The work requires extended regular physical exertion, such as standing for long periods of time and bending over microscopes or other instruments. Also, regular recurring procedural tasks requiring dexterity, such as pipetting, measuring chemicals and reagents and the intricate repair of sophisticated laboratory equipment. Lifting of moderately heavy items, usually less than 20 lbs. is also occasionally required of the incumbent. 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 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a tertiary healthcare system that provides acute, intermediate, and long-term care 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week and on public holidays. The Medical Technician is required to work regular and irregular hours of duty on a regular recurrent basis. The work requires five (5) days/week, eight (8) hours/day and includes rotating weekends and holidays. The position is permanently assigned to the nightshift. The position may require working evening or day shift to provide emergency coverage of the laboratory. The incumbent will be required to rotate between the University Drive and Heinz campuses if needed. The technician has the responsibility of handling patient/provider referral of incoming calls, customer service to veterans, visitors, and staff and laboratory specimen referral support. The Medical Technician performs technical and non-technical duties in accordance with the CAP/TJC/FDA/AABB regulatory agencies. Major Duties and Responsibilities include: Performs complex automated and manual technical procedures that include but are not limited to: type and screens, compatibility testing, unit confirmations, antibody screens and antibody identification when appropriate, automated chemistry panels, immunochemistry panels, osmolality, urine pregnancy, complete blood counts, reticulocyte counts, coagulation tests, mixing studies, urinalysis, body fluid analysis, peripheral smear evaluation, chromatography (HPLC), toxicology screenings, HIV testing, enzyme immunoassay, special studies, and Covid-19 testing Evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if necessary Prepares reagents and primary reference materials; selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of routine and complex procedures using manual and/or micro-processor controlled instruments in accordance with established laboratory medicine protocols Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, performs routine preventative maintenance and documents service on the instruments Documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with accrediting agencies Screens test results to detect discrepancies, artifacts, and pathologic change that may warrant additional testing and performs repeat or additional testing to clarify or confirm abnormal results as necessary Responsible for preparing specimens for send-out and contacting the appropriate transportation service to pick up any lab work to be done outside this facility Performs blood collection and specimen handling on inpatients and outpatients according to physician/provider orders Work Schedule: The work requires five (5) days/week, eight (8) hours/day and includes rotating weekends and holidays. These positions are permanently assigned to day & evening shift 12:00pm to 8:30pm and 2:30pm to 10:30pm. The position may require working other shifts to provide emergency coverage of the laboratory. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Core Laboratory)/PD01505-ORelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not 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.