The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Medical Technician for the Ambulatory Care Service Line. This position is located at the Cedar Rapids VA Clinic. ***A recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.*** The Incumbent serves as a medical laboratory technician in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) with the responsibility for leading and overseeing laboratory operations and performing a variety of general procedures including phlebotomy, accessioning, processing, point of care testing, and general clerical and administrative support for the CBOC. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintains the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. Determines compliance with safety requirements, establishes inventory and equipment maintenance requirements, and maintains appropriate inventories and maintenance schedules. Maintains laboratory stock and orders materials, as needed. Maintains laboratory in a clean and safe condition according to agency or accreditation requirements. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instrumentation on timely intervals so as to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. Conducts work according to Laboratory Safety Regulations and instructs coworkers on safety policies and procedures. Maintains and controls laboratory records. Performs proficiency survey testing to insure accuracy of laboratory results. Incumbent is responsible for presenting the data to the supervisor in a logical and systematic fashion. As such, the technician is responsible for working with the ancillary testing coordinator to perform method validations and correlations, including running samples and tabulating data. Data are often graphed or displayed in tables to highlight results. Records information pertaining to the storage of specimens or reagents and completes appropriate tracking/inventory system information. Receives requests for testing into the laboratory. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request. Interacts with clinic personnel to correct discrepancies. Recognizes emergency situations and takes necessary action. Verifies proper patient preparation, patient identification, sample collection, and sample transport requirements for all laboratory tests. Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently, and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure specimen integrity. This includes specialized procedures for infrequently ordered send out tests. Uses and performs preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, refrigerators, and freezers. Obtains samples of blood or other bodily fluids or substances. Ensures safe and non-traumatic processes are used with critical concern for the patient and for the quality of the specimen. Uses standard aseptic procedures and safeguards. Controls contaminated or potentially dangerous specimens in accordance with accreditation agency requirements. Prepares specimens, using critical concern for the quality of the specimen given the procedure to be used for test or examination. Uses a high degree of laboratory expertise to determine the validity of results and the potential causes for invalid results. Establishes minimum acceptable criteria for control/documentation/ protocol pertaining to test or examination procedures. Performs other related duties as assigned. Draws blood from patients for requested laboratory tests. This includes using special drawing techniques and assuring that proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes with the patient's name, social security number, date, and time to insure proper identification. Performs blood drawing duties in a courteous manner. Makes the patient feel as comfortable as possible. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood. Provides general clerical and administrative support for clinic. Schedules appointments and tests, and coordinates activities and appointments for the clinical area, avoiding conflicts in patient treatment plans. Orders are verified and completed properly. Answers telephone inquiries regarding services available. Assembles patient records and individual documents for clinic appointments. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS 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, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD50150A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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