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About Indianapolis VA Medical Center: Provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Some noteworthy specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, radiation oncology treatment and community based extended care. The medical center operates three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Bloomington, Indiana, Terre Haute, Indiana and Martinsville, IN. The more than 61,000 patients (3,700 women Veterans) treated by the Indianapolis VA Medical Center require over 657,000 outpatient visits and over 7,900 inpatient episodes of care yearly. Indianapolis VA Medical Center is a tertiary care medical facility with 229 authorized beds. For more information, please click on the link: http://www.indianapolis.va.gov/
This position is being filled as a Student Trainee (Medical/Health). The position 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. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
As a student trainee, Medical Laboratory Aid, the incumbent performs the duties of a general Medical Lab Aid in the clinical laboratory of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN, in a developmental position drawing routine specimens during high workload times. 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.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· 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.
· Position 1: 6:30a to 10:30a Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
· Position 2: 7:00a to 11:00a Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
· Position 3: 7:30a to 11:30a Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
· Position 4: 9:00a to 1:00p Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
Position Description Title/PD#: Student Trainee (Medical/Health)/5018-A
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