Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Laboratory Technician in Branson, Missouri
Medical Laboratory Technician
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
06/11/2019 to 07/02/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 6 - 7
- ##### Salary
$37,843 to $54,670 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
The Medical Laboratory Technician works in the Pathology and Laboratory Service at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks for the Branson, MO Community Based Outpatient Clinic. They serve as a generalist in the clinical laboratory.
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Duties are as follows, but not limited to:
- Performs technical procedures that include but are not limited to: automated chemistry panels, immunochemistry, complete blood counts, coagulation tests, chemical and microscopic analysis of urine, body fluid analysis, peripheral blood smear analysis and evaluation, toxicology, enzyme immunoassay, body fluid analysis, procurement of patient specimens, packaging of specimens to be shipped to reference laboratories, and other special studies.
- Evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting additional specimens if required.
- Advise other laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens.
- Prepares the specimens for analysis and/or dispatch to reference laboratories ensuring the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained.
- Required to follow the guidelines outlined in the various Clinical Laboratory General Manual and appropriate procedure manuals for specimen handling.
- Prepares reagents and primary reference materials; selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of routine and complex procedures using manual and/ or microprocessor controlled instruments in accordance with established laboratory medicine protocols; recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunctions; locates and implements troubleshooting and corrective actions; obtains analytical data and reviews for Critical Values and appropriateness of results; reviews and correlates data to verify validity and accuracy of generated results; verifies laboratory reports identifying sample results and determinable factors; and reports results to appropriate individuals in a manner suitable to the nature of the request.
- Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, performs routine preventative maintenance and documents service on the instruments.
- Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (mechanical, optical, photometric, and electrometric).
- Identifies the cause of common problems and makes minor and sometimes complex instrument repairs, but also knows when to refer problems to the supervisor for resolution.
- Performs daily quality control to assure that reagents, equipment, and temperatures are within recommended guidelines.
- Identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the problem within established guidelines. The Medical Technician refers problems to the supervisor or section lead when the problem falls outside the established guidelines for resolution. The Medical Technician documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with all appropriate accrediting and regulatory agencies.
- Responsible for preparing specimens for send-out to reference laboratories for work performed outside the main testing facility.
- Packaging specimens for shipment in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
- Maintain appropriate Department of Transportation training for this area.
- Following established procedures and guidelines, the Medical Technician is required to perform phlebotomy for the procurement of specimens from inpatients and outpatients demonstrating proper patient identification, procurement, and post-phlebotomy patient care.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0800-1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Laboratory Technician/PD2509-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
- Pathology Technicians
- Phlebotomy Technicians
- Technicians, Clinical Laboratory
Conditions of Employment
- 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/02/2019.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade at any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For this vacancy, applicants must have held grade GS-5 or higher for at least a year to be eligible for the GS-6. To be eligible for the GS-7 level of this position, you must have held grade GS-6 or higher for at least one year. 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. 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: - GS-6: To qualify for this position at the GS-6 grade level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: experience that may have been gained in (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 positions being filled. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. -OR-
Education: Successful completion of six (6) months of graduate education (9 semester hours) directly related to the work of the position meets the requirements for GS-6. NOTE: This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and transcripts are required. -OR-
Combination: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be used to meet total qualification requirements. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required.
GS-7: To qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6) in Federal service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Medical Technician. Specialized experience for this position includes: (a) performing technical medical laboratory support work such as laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) providing technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques of a Medical Technician. This also includes experience collecting, categorizing, cataloging, storing, and maintaining specimen integrity; and calibrating, standardizing, and maintaining equipment and instruments. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. -OR-
Education: Successful completion of one (1) full year of graduate education (18 semester hours) from an accredited institution with course work directly related to the work of a Medical Technician may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 grade level. Such graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. NOTE: This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and transcripts are required. -OR-
Combination: Combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond 9 semester hours) as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a Medical Technician is fully qualifying at the GS-07 grade level. If you are using a combination to qualify, you must document your experience in your resume and submit transcripts. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: - Communications - Computer Skills - Production and Processing - Specimen Collection - Technical Competence - Technology Application
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 usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials.
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.
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.
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume or CV: Your resume/CV must have the following information for each position you have held: job title, duties, dates of employment including month and year (start/end dates), and full time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week. (required)
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search) (required)
- If current/former Federal employee, include latest non-award SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action ensuring that Occupational Title, Series and Grade are displayed. (if applicable)
- Transcripts: You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts if using education to qualify for the position. (required)
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 - Other (1) - Resume - SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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:
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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- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/02/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10523389.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
Fayetteville AR VA Medical Center 1100 North College Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72703 US
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