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12/8/2017
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Medical Technologist
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Job Description

The incumbent serves as a Generalist Medical Technologist in the clinical laboratory with responsibility for performing the full range of tests in Hematology/Coagulation, Blood Bank, Automated Chemistry, General Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Urinalysis, Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology; evaluating abnormal results; notifying physicians of critical lab results; using and maintaining equipment; accessioning all laboratory specimens; verifying results through the computer; and setting up and monitoring quality controls. The generalist Medical Technologist rotates through all sections of Laboratory Service as required and also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist (Generalist) include, but are not limited to, the following: Processes specimens including CAP performance surveys using equipment, instruments, computers, or techniques that are necessary to prepare them for specific analysis; responds to time factors to ensure that the physiologic state and integrity of the specimen is maintained. Prepares reagents, controls, and standard solutions; verifies correct instrument operations; calibrates instrumentation when necessary, performs routine maintenance, troubleshoots instruments; performs and calculates results for a variety of tests. Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts and maintains instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system. Actively participates in both elective and all mandatory continuing education as required by laboratory and medical center administration (i.e. fire & safety, infection control, EEO yearly training, laboratory specific education, etc.). Employees who participate in continuing education offered outside the medical center may be required to present to their peers a short synopsis of the program they attended. The attendance for this short segment is documented. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity and sensitivity, and specific factors which influence test results. Accepts supplies, labels with date received, puts away supplies, stocks work area and keeps the stockroom orderly and clean.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, 40 hours per week; multiple tours available with rotating weekends and holidays.

Work Location: This position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory Service Line located at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Technologist

$45,970

$64,697

Job Details

Application Open Date

12/5/2017

Application Close Date

12/19/2017

Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other agencies.

Status

Full Time

* More About VA
* 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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.




* Qualifications
* Basic Requirements:

Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy).

Education and/or Experience Combination

A Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.

OR

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics AND two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

OR

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics AND Five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

Foreign Graduates:

Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described above. This finding may be based on either of the following: (1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. OR (2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for certification examination.

Certification

For the Medical Technologist (Generalist), Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

Exception:

Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended.

Preferred Experience:

Recent Clinical Lab experience in the four main sections of the laboratory which include Blood Bank, Chemistry, Microbiology and Hematology.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.eg., professional; philanthropic; religious; 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.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

a. Creditable Experience:

(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice: For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment.

(2) Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled.

(3) Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

(4) Graduate Education: Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-7 (Entry Level):

(a) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-9 (Full Performance Level):

(a) Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which is directly related to the position to be filled OR,

(b)Education: Must have Master's Degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

(c)Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Ability. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs listed below.

1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.

2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.

4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.

5. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

6. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

7. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

8. Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.




* Benefits
* VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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.


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About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

Working Here

A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.