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    The Pathways Internship Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development. As a student trainee, Medical Laboratory Aid, the incumbent performs the duties of a general Medical Lab Aid in the clinical laboratory of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in a developmental position drawing routine specimens during high workload times.

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    This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit: https://www.va.gov/EMPLOYEE/pathways-internship-program/.

    This is a student trainee position and the paramount duties were created to provide support in the clinical laboratory at the medical center. The incumbent serves as a Lab Aid and is responsible for collecting a broad range of routine and emergency blood samples. The incumbent may perform phlebotomy or testing on inpatients, outpatients, surgical patients, ED patients or wherever the need arises. The position requires a high level of contact with patients who may be uncooperative, combative or infected with HIV, or a Hepatitis virus. Seeks help of higher graded phlebotomist's or supervisor for complex problems or difficult sticks.

    Major duties include but are not limited to:
    Phlebotomy Duties and Specimen Collection

    Performs phlebotomy and other specimen collection procedures and, on a rotational basis, is required to run the front desk of the laboratory

    Responsible for proper patient identification, proper sample procurement, and proper specimen labeling following guidelines from The Joint Commission (TJC) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) "Patient Safety Goals.

    Properly identifies all patients with two identifiers to assure the accuracy of the specimen collected and
    documents collection appropriately. Uses judgment and independently resolves identification discrepancies through staff contacts as needed.

    Performs phlebotomy procedures following a sequence of steps approved for sample collection. Independently responsible for selecting the best venipuncture site, most suitable needle type, size and most appropriate cleansing agent(s), proper collection vials and assessing the patient's condition before, and after the procedure.

    Attends to patients while in their care during the phlebotomy procedure. Is attentive to patient needs, actions and complaints. Has knowledge of medical conditions/therapy (e.g. diabetes, anticoagulation, fainting, hematomas) and applies that knowledge while the patient is in their care.

    Following a sequence of the best venipuncture site, most suitable needle type, size and most appropriate cleansing agent(s), proper collection vials and assessing the patient's condition before, and after the procedure.

    Follows the Laboratory procedures for collecting specimens in the appropriate container, maintains specimen under appropriate conditions, follows guidelines for collecting timed specimens at the appropriate times to insure.

    Evaluates for suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if determined to be unusable.

    Controls the sample's physical condition and responds to time factors to ensure that the physiologic state of the is maintained. Understands and follows the proper order of draw for tubes whether in a Vacutainer system or a syringe system.

    Responsible for the sterile collection and dispersal of physician requested patient clean catch urinalysis
    specimens, urine cultures, and 24-hr urine collections. Provides education to patients for proper collection
    techniques of urine, stool, or other fluid collections.

    Responsible for preparation of the collection site and for drawing blood cultures without contamination.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Intermittent)
    -May be required to work evenings
    -May be required to work weekends

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563174400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.