The Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System has an immediate opening for a Lead Medical Technologist to work within the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service. A Medical Technologist (MT)/Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) at the GS-11 level carries out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS-9, but has higher levels of professional responsibilities, expertise, and authority. Technologists at this level generally have professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologist on evening or night shifts. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. The incumbent serves as Lead Technologist for their assigned section, in addition to performing the full range of the GS-9 assignment, the MT/CLS must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform more complex laboratory functions. Duties and responsibilities may include a combination of those found at the GS-11 level; however, individuals in theses assignments are not given the freedom of action typically found at the higher level. For example, their duties may include any of the following: Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimen for analysis, ensuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained. Performs review of manually entered laboratory results in the VISTA system. 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 documents/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. Documents and maintain all quality control, maintenance, and corrective action logs; performs instrument to instrument correlations, new reagents and control validations and all other technical procedures required to maintain laboratory compliance. 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. Tracks down "missing" tubes, samples and follows protocol for reordering tests with appropriate documentation. 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. Successfully performs CAP surveys, linearity studies and other intra-laboratory proficiency activities to maintain competency which is rotated through all technical staff performing the test. Reviews proficiency testing results prior to submitting to CAP. When equipment, control and/or calibrator problems present themselves, is able to troubleshoot and work with the manufacturer's hotline technicians to correct repairable problems. Documents corrective action in "corrective action logs". Performs and documents daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on analyzers. Participates in quality and performance improvement activities by collecting and reporting data as requested by the supervisor or performance improvement coordinator. Serves as a primary operator and assumes all the responsibilities and primary operator duties assigned by the supervisor. Reviews all new procedures, initially and annually thereafter, documenting knowledge of and that they follow the procedure. Adapts to new instrumentation and new procedures. Performs, document and complete all competency assessments, mandatory education and training. Maintains licensure/certification through continuing education activities, if applicable. Performs other related duties within technical capacity as assigned by the supervisor. The technologist plans and carries out the procedures necessary to complete the work assignment and handles problems and corrects errors in accordance with established protocols and acceptable clinical laboratory practices. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 6:30pm ((4) 10 hour shifts, variable days) rotating weekends, holiday and off-shifts as needed Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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