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Position Overview: Medical Technologist (Hematology/Coagulation/Urinalysis/Blood Bank):

The incumbent works primarily on dayshift in Hematology, coagulation, urinalysis and blood bank with rotating weekends and holidays. As Generalist Medical Technologist, the incumbent will be rotated to the other areas of the Clinical Laboratory as needed. Duties to include but are not limited to:

* Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures included within the medical technologist occupation. Recognizes deviations from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using specific principles.

* Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, taking into account physiologic process and requirements.

* Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnosis deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

* Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to the test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.

* Identifies discrepancies, solve problems, and present solutions.

* Answer inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, including tests results, interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.

* Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory"s in-service/continuing education program.

* Evaluates and implements new techniques or procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and make recommendations.

* Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.

* Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.

* Organizes work and sets priority to meet deadlines.

* Responsible for entering and verifying laboratory results in the computer system.

* Performs other duties as assigned.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE BONUS of up to $5000 is authorized with a two (2) year service obligation agreement.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT# / TITLE: Medical Technologist (Generalist), 573-113-02, Medical Technologist (Generalist), GS-0644-09. This Position Description/Functional Statement is available to view at the Office of Human Resources, 1601 Southwest Archer Road, Trailer T-11, Gainesville, Florida during the duration of this posting. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday- Friday, 8:00a.m- 4:30p.m with Rotating Weekends and Holidays

U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Physical Requirement: Moderate lifting, 15 - 44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors, moderate carrying, 15 - 44 pounds, hearing aids permitted, standing (6 hours), and good distance vision in one eye.

English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Education and/or Experience Combination:

(1) 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

(2) 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

(3) 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 in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) 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.

(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

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

(2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry(C/SC), hematology(H/SH), microbiology(M/SM), molecular biology(MB/SMB), and blood bank(BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e.g., an individual with a chemistry(C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Grade Determination for GS-09 (Full Performance Level):

(a) Experience: Must have one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower GS-07 grade level which, is directly related to the position to be filled.


OR

(b) Education: Must have Master"s degree or two (2) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master"s degree in medical technology or directly related field.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15 - 44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors, moderate carrying, 15 - 44 pounds, hearing aids permitted, standing (6 hours), and good distance vision in one eye.

"All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA."

This job opportunity announcement (JOA) is open to all United States citizens.

ALTHOUGH NOT REQUIRED, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT APPLICANTS USE THE USAJOBS RESUME"BUILDER.

A completed application package will include all applicable (REQUIRED) documents:

1. (REQUIRED) Resume" or CV must include the vacancy announcement number, position title, grade, how to contact you, descriptions of jobs held including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date, (month and year) of employment, full-time/part-time and average hours worked per week....i.e, 40 hours per week, 32 hours per week, 20 hours per week, etc. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response (s).

2. (REQUIRED) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf). This form must be completed, signed and dated to be considered complete.

3. (REQUIRED if applicable) NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION SF-50 - If you are a current or former civilian Federal employee, you must include your most recent/latest NON-AWARD SF-50 -Notification of Personnel Action. SF-50 submitted must include your current title, series, grade and step, and salary during your Federal employment. `Awards" or `Incentive" SF-50s do not contain the required information and will not be considered valid required documentation to verify status.

4. (REQUIRED if applicable) If you have prior military service, you must include a copy of your DD Form 214 which indicates the character of discharge. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability must submit VA service connected disability letter with disability rating, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

5. (REQUIRED) RESPONSES TO THE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE View Occupational Questionnaire. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

6. (REQUIRED) COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS. This position has formal educational requirements. Copies of transcripts are required. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to apply to this position). Note: Verification of Official Transcripts will be required prior to being appointed to this position.

7. (REQUIRED) COPY OF ANY RELATED LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION AND OR REGISTRATION. Copies of any related licensure, certification, and registration is required if you indicated possession of such on your resume".

8. (PREFERRED) OF-306 -Declaration for Federal Employment. http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.

9. Latest Performance Appraisal or Proficiency (if current or former civilian Federal Employee, please submit a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal or Proficiency, if available). This form is preferred but not required.

Veterans" Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1769450.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


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U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Physical Requirement: Moderate lifting, 15 ? 44 pounds, ability to distinguish basic colors, moderate carrying, 15 ? 44 pounds, hearing aids permitted, standing (6 hours), and good distance vision in one eye.

 

English Language Proficiency: Medical Technologist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Education and/or Experience Combination:

(1) 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

(2) 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

(3) 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 in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) 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.

(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

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

(2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry(C/SC), hematology(H/SH), microbiology(M/SM), molecular biology(MB/SMB), and blood bank(BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e.g., an individual with a chemistry(C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

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. 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. 

Grade Determination for GS-09 (Full Performance Level):

(a) Experience: Must have one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower GS-07 grade level which, is directly related to the position to be filled.


OR

(b) Education: Must have Master"s degree or two (2) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master"s degree in medical technology or directly related field.

 

About U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

To be eligibile candidates must: 

  • have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and hold an active, unrestricted license by the start of the program, but have no RN experience. 

  • be able to work full time on day shift with preceptors and mentors.

  • sign a statement of commitment. 

  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Send cover letter & resume to Cynthia.Golden2@va.gov.

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