The position is assigned to the Columbia VA Health Care System's Pathology and Laboratory Service. The employee is responsible for collecting venous or capillary blood specimens from a diverse patient population in the outpatient collection area, emergency room, and inpatient units. These duties are difficult and complex involving many steps, and requiring a high degree of specialization. Performs venipunctures by correctly identifying patients as to name and full social security number, selecting appropriate collection devices (i.e., proper collection tube, appropriate anticoagulant, etc.), adhering to correct order of draw and taking any necessary precautions in specimen preparation (i.e., mixing, protect carotenes from light, place ammonias in ice slurry, etc.). Selects and cleans an appropriate venipuncture site. Independently responsible for selecting the best venipuncture site, most suitable phlebotomy equipment (needle type, size and length), most appropriate cleansing agent(s), proper collection vials and assessing the patient's condition before, during and after the procedure. The employee delivers specimens from collection areas to the main laboratory for analysis and processes specimens (centrifugation, separation, aliquots, etc.) and prepares specimens for transport at the optimum temperature (room temp, refrigerated, frozen). The employee receives and labels specimens received from other sections (home based primary care, clinics, ICU, ED, etc.) for analysis. Follows the Laboratory procedures for collecting specimens in the appropriate container, maintains specimen under appropriate conditions, follows guidelines for collecting timed specimens, blood cultures and compatibility testing (cross-matches). Correctly labels all specimens after collection and assigns P&LM accession numbers to specimens for analysis in the clinical laboratory. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm with rotating weekend and holiday, Tour of duty subject to change based on agency needs. Telework: Not applicable Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Phlebotomy)/PD01143A 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.