Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Erie, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description This position is assigned to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Erie, PA and reports directly to the Supervisor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.As a Medical Technician, the primary responsibility will be specimen collection. In addition to performing phlebotomy, the incumbent will be assigned to various duties according to the needs of the laboratory. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Performs venipunctures using proper collection technique from both outpatients and inpatients insuring that specimens are properly labeled and preserved.
  • 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 policy for determining laboratory requests and accessioning of specimens;
  • Properly instructs patients on specimen collection for those specimens that the patient must collect;
  • Insures that samples delivered to the Lab from other locations are correctly labeled and stored at appropriate temperatures;
  • 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;
  • Applies proper safety techniques when performing venipunctures and other duties to include use of proper personal protective equipment, maintenance of clean work areas and knowledge of proper techniques to clean up various chemical or biohazardous spills;
  • Maintains inventory of phlebotomy supplies and promptly notifies Material Management of supply needs before depletion;
  • Performs clerical functions such as copying, sorting, assembling, filing, delivery and others, as needed;
  • Processes collected specimens in preparation for testing or transport to reference laboratories;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician, GS-0645-4, 00322A
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

The Erie VAMC and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) will be Smoke Free effective October 1, 2019.

Smoking cessation resources are available to all VA employees for those interested in quitting or limiting tobacco use.
To qualify for this positions, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/19/2019.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

General Experience: 6 months of general experience in any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


Specialized Experience: 6 months of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) or competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. (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 position to be filled.


Education: Successful completion of (a) an associate-degree course of study of which the 2nd year of the 2-year program included successful completion of a training course of approximately a year's duration in a certified laboratory assistant school approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; (b) 1 year of study that included 6 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of a full-time training course of approximately a year's duration in a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) school that included instruction in chemistry, hematology, blood banking, and microbiology (including serology) and that, in addition, included supervised laboratory practice incident to the diagnostic process and the treatment of patients; or (c) 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biological science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the position to be filled.


Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For GS-4 level positions, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that meets the requirements for GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-4.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
  • Communications
  • Infection Control
  • Specimen Collection
  • Veteran and Customer Focus

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 position requires regular and recurrent exertion to include standing, bending, lifting, walking, patient restraint and repetitive motions related to phlebotomy and computer use.

Work Environment: The work setting is in various areas through the medical center to include: laboratory, urgent care center, primary care clinics, surgery, acute care, rehabilitation and community living center. There is a possibility of occasional exposure to contagious disease, biohazards and hazardous chemicals. This is in addition to everyday risks and discomforts requiring general safety precautions. The Medical Technician wears appropriate, protective clothing such as a fluid resistant lab coat, gloves, face mask and respirator, as needed, while performing the duties. Regular hand washing and adherence to precautionary isolation guidelines is imperative for infection control.

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