The incumbent is assigned to Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (P&LMS) at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System in Albuquerque, NM as a Medical Laboratory Technician. The incumbent performs specimen collection, processing, accessioning and waived testing. In addition to performing phlebotomy, the incumbent will be assigned to various duties according to the needs based on basic laboratory operations. Duties include but are not limited to: Conducts work according to Laboratory Safety Regulations and instructs coworkers and graduate students on safety procedures. Provides orientation/training in performance of phlebotomy and test procedures with the information and experience required to understand underlying disease processes, and inform the physician if unable to obtain specimens. Performs venipunctures in accordance with facility and laboratory policies and procedures. Maintains and controls laboratory records. Maintains the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. Develops and maintains details records of all experimental or other protocols and results are neatly kept and cataloged in appropriate format. Sets up equipment for all phlebotomy procedures, making sure that all phlebotomy and ancillary equipment is functioning to standard. Performs all clerical duties requires of the position, including work lists, logs, and pending lists. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instrumentation on timely intervals so as to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. Incumbent communicates effectively with the supervisor to report conditions and progress on eliminating discrepancies. Incumbent possesses appropriate interpersonal skills to listen and address comments and/or questions patients may have. Incumbent has the ability to respond clearly, concisely, and cooperatively to questions from other individuals and staff regarding how procedures are performed. Verifies correct patient identification, performs proper specimen handling and labeling, accessions specimens, checks that lab test requests are consistent with physician orders, generates labels and sorts labeled specimens to be distributed to specific laboratory sections. Performs urine drug testing collections in accordance with facility and laboratory procedures. Controls contaminated or potentially dangerous specimens in accordance with accreditation agency requirements. Work Schedule: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (40 Hours - Weekend Rotations) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD10236A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.