The incumbent is assigned to Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Erie, PA as a Medical Technician, in which the primary responsibility will be specimen collection. She/he must also be familiar with basic laboratory operations. In addition to performing phlebotomy, the incumbent will be assigned to various duties according to the needs of the laboratory. The incumbent reports directly to the Supervisor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Performs venipunctures using proper collection technique from both outpatients and inpatients ensuring that specimens are properly labeled and preserved* Becomes able to draw from even the most difficult of patients. Performs phlebotomy at an acceptable and constant rate to accommodate scheduled and unscheduled patients in a timely manner. Ensures the correct identity of patients and maintains the identification throughout the entire collection and processing steps. Utilizes the computer according to the policy for determining laboratory requests and accessing of specimens. Appropriately handles accessions and evaluates suitability of specimens for analysis. Properly instructs patients on specimen collection for those specimens that the patient must collect. Ensures that samples delivered to the lab from other locations are correctly labeled and stored at appropriate temperatures. Effectively resolves discrepancies* Willingly provides phlebotomy training to students and new employees. Complies with all Laboratory safety and infection control policies without exception. Consistently follows established guidelines for proper disposal of biohazardous materials, sharps, and other potentially infectious materials. Work Schedule: 9:00am-5:30pm Monday - Friday (no weekends or federal holidays required) Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Med Technician/PD00322A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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