Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician in Brookings, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1974439

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These positions are with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, in Roseburg, OR, however the duty locations will be in North Bend, OR and Brookings, OR.

North Bend is in the Bay Area, which consists of Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston; a truly unique community. Located on the Southern Oregon Coast, home to some of the most spectacular beaches and sand dunes in the world, the Bay Area has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and retirees to experience living in the unspoiled beauty that surrounds us, and is the perfect nest for young families to grow. For more information about North Bend and the Bay Area please visit the website at:

Brookings, a coastal community of approximately 13, 500 people is tucked away in the southwest corner of Oregon, and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the world. Brookings has a temperate year-round climate. Please visit the websites at:,,

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.


The work involves the ability to apply knowledge and skill to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patient's conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of clinical procedures and phlebotomy. Must be able to accurately recognize, report, and record relevant patient information in the computerized medical record (CPRS). The work involves a variety of patients of diverse cultural, spiritual, and education backgrounds. The work directly affects the overall well-being of patients served. The work involves general review by a Registered Nurse or provider involvement of normal cases following accepted facility practices. The employee must be able to identify materials and techniques used with each patient. Guidelines include operating policies and practices of he facility including those involving clinical procedures and techniques associated with each piece of equipment for health care and laboratory procedure

Accessioning and Processing:

  • Answers incoming calls for laboratory services.
  • Functions as a resource person and troubleshooter for clinic personnel in executing VISTA or CPRS order entry and result options.
  • Receives all requests for testing into the laboratory. Verifies the accuracy and completeness of the request.
  • Accepts all written requests into the computer record system.
  • Receives all samples for testing into the laboratory.
  • Responsible for rejecting specimens that do not meet laboratory-testing standards
  • Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure specimen integrity.

Phlebotomy, specimen collecting duties: Draws blood for requested laboratory test. Procedures include the use of special blood drawing techniques such as butterfly needles, cacutainers, and syringes. Assures that proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Verifies that patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all other required information as described in the laboratory blood drawing policy. Draws specimens for transfusion requests following protocol for patient identification as defined in Transfusion Service Procedure Manual. Must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, being able to draw al but the most difficult patients and follow laboratory procedures for drawing blood. In addition, develops and maintains the essential speed required to complete blood drawing duties in a timely manner. Adheres to patient safety, infection control and standard universal precautions as described in current hospital polices at all times while drawing blood. This includes such things as proper identification of patients and specimens, removing tourniquet and wearing gloves and other PPE as deemed. necessary etc.

Work Schedule: Monday -Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Technician PD# 30461-A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Probationary period may be required for this position.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have six months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: (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:Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-04 level. In order to do so, applicants must have 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 the training course as described in (a) 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.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods of time, bending, standing, lifting, walking, stooping, and stretching. The work requires duty on weekends, holidays, and night when so assigned.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-04 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-03 level.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $29,356.00 to $38,158.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0645-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Control Number: 472414400

Job Announcement Number: LW-17-CAS-1974439-BU