You will serve as a Medical Technician in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS) at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). You will collect and handle specimens in accordance with the Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program as administered and regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for drug testing of new employees. You will maintain the integrity of the collection process, ensuring the privacy of the donor, and ensuring the security of the specimen. You will correctly identify each patient, using at least two valid acceptable patient identifiers as required. You will use the computer to perform searches for past and future lab test orders for all patients. You will use independent judgment to assess patient collection sites and determine the best to obtain sample. You will collect blood specimens by routine venipuncture from outpatients and in-patients. You will draw appropriate number and type of tubes of blood, ensuring the tubes meet quality and volume standards required for optimum clinical sampling. You will ensure and verify correct labeling and patient identification of every patient specimen collected. You will prepare specimens for testing, such as labeling, centrifugation, decanting, aliquoting, and prepare reagents, perform the test procedure, verify the accuracy of the results and reports results. You will operate centrifuge. 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: Various tours, rotating weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Not Available. Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD41340A, PD41364A, and PD41341A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment Incentive Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not require. Physical Requirements: The work requires extensive periods of standing and walking, regular and recurring bending, moderate lifting, stooping and stretching. Work Environment: The work area is well lit, heated and ventilated. The work involves regular and recurring moderate risks of exposure to infectious materials which require special safety precautions. There is contact with potentially biologically hazardous specimens (some of which may contain hepatitis or HIV virus). There is frequent contact with patients with undiagnosed illnesses and the employee has the potential to be exposed to communicable disease. Employees are mandated to use appropriate personal protective equipment.
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.