Anatomic accessioning areas and where possible resolves whatever issues precipitated the telephone call based upon his/her knowledge and experience Applications will be accepted from current permanent competitive service employees of the VA CT Healthcare System and ,…
The position involves work in clinical (medical) laboratories in performing tests and examinations in one or more areas of work such as chemistry, blood banking, hematology, or microbiology. The reports or findings may be used by physicians in diagnosis, care and treatment of patients, or in support of medical research. The work requires a practical knowledge of the techniques in a medical laboratory practice in one or more areas of clinical laboratory work.
Some of the major duties associated with this position are and are not limited to the following:
- Knowledge of blood collecting procedures by venipuncture or microtechnique;
- Knowledge of computer data entry associated with phlebotomy;
- Knowledge of transporting and processing patient specimens;
- Knowledge of infection control policies and procedures;
- Knowledge of analytical procedures used for various analyses;
- Knowledge of specimen containers and anticoagulants used by venipuncture is essential;
- Knowledge concerning all equipment used for phlebotomy and specimen processing and the location of such equipment;
- Knowledge to use supplies in an efficient manner;
- Knowledge of quality control and safety in blood collection and specimen processing is essential;
- Handles relevant phone calls for the clinical and/or anatomic accessioning areas and where possible resolves whatever issues precipitated the telephone call based upon his/her knowledge and experience;
- Maintains orderly and timely flow of specimens to the technical areas throughout tour of duty;
- Assures that phlebotomy tray is adequately replenished as required;
- Assists with maintaining a neat and clean work area;
- Assists with heavy workload and willingly helps other phlebotomists who need assistance;
- Collects pre-employment urines Tox specimens and performs related paperwork and delivers the specimen to the mailroom in Federal Express envelope to be mailed immediately; and
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor and Administrative Officer of Laboratory service.
Work Schedule: MondayFriday; 11:30am08:00pm.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician Phlebotomist/PD689-00531-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
- Job family (Series)
0645 Medical Technician
- Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Medical And Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
- Phlebotomy Technicians
- Technicians, Clinical Laboratory
Conditions of Employment
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/08/2020.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. 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:
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Collects adequate and correct blood specimens by venipuncture or nucrotechnique; works from requisitions, computerized phlebotomy lists and instructions or other verbal requests to obtain and collect patient's blood; Follows departmental policies to correctly identify the patient before any blood specimen is drawn by checking patient ID bracelet and to correctly label all specimens draw at the site of collection; Adheres to blood borne pathogen standards and precautions and all phlebotomy safety policies, when performing phlebotomy; Delivers specimens to Laboratory in the most expedient manner and in the proper transport container; Picks up and delivers to the Laboratory a variety of clinical or anatomic specimens other than blood; Sorts and processes specimens received in central specimen receipt area of department in order of priority for best patient results and to meet turnaround time goals; Using problem solving skills identifies and corrects any problems arising with the received specimens; Maintains accurate and orderly operational and quality control logs, records and worksheets where required according to established department protocol; and Performs other specialized procedures as directed in Hematology, Special Hematology, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Blood Bank (blood gases) and in Microbiology (blood cultures). OR,
- Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled. A copy of your transcripts must be submitted with your application. The transcripts can be official or unofficial but must indicate the degree type as well as the date conferred, school or university as well as student's name must be present on the copy of the transcripts as well. OR,
- Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5.
- Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
- Technical Competence: Knowledge of how to perform one's job. Refers to specialized knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience.
- Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
- Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short, or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
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 moderate standing, stooping, pushing, pulling, reaching, walking, bending, lifting light/moderate objects (<20 lbs.) and to have good manual dexterity and visual acuity.
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/.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.Additional information
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.How You Will Be Evaluated
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Background checks and security clearance
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume (Required for all applicants, must indicate the number of weekly hours worked for each position)
- SF-50 (Required for current and former Federal employees); A current/most recent SF-50 is required and the applicant must also meet time in grade requirements; please do not submit an award SF-50. Please utilize the applicant checklist for submitting the appropriate SF-50. More than one SF-50 may be required depending upon your circumstances. (SF-50(s) is required for current or former Federal employees).
- Copy of transcripts; if qualifying on education (degree type and date conferred must be indicated)
- Other (see checklist below)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service (Member Copy 4, must indicate discharge type).
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-15 (Required for applicants claiming 10 point preference). SF-15 please provide all documentation associated with or as required and indicated on the SF-15 documentation.
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action (Required for current and former Federal employees); A current/most recent SF-50 is required and the applicant must also meet time in grade requirements; please do not submit an award SF-50. Please utilize the applicant checklist for submitting the appropriate SF-50. More than one SF-50 may be required depending upon your circumstances. (SF-50(s) is required for current or former Federal employees).
- Transcript; if qualifying on education (degree type and date conferred must be indicated).
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
- Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
- An SF-50 showing 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
- Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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Applications will be accepted from current permanent competitive service employees of the VA CT Healthcare System and permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees. Status eligiblescurrent career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status. Reinstatement eligibles, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligibles, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability.