MT/CLS at this level carries out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS-9. The technologist at this level is responsible for testing procedures that are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The Medical Technologist performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed using manual and automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. This medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the various sections of the department. He/she is assigned to the evening and / or night shift and works weekends and holidays on a regular basis and may include alternate shifts as priorities demonstrate a need. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist include but are not limited to the following: Duties/Tasks: - Works primarily in hematology, coagulation, chemistry, blood bank, microbiology and urinalysis. - 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 processes and requirements. - Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventative 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 test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. - Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. - Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, including test 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 makes 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 priorities to meet deadlines. - Responsible for entering and verifying laboratory results in the computer system. - Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 7:00 am to 3:30pm or 3 pm to 11:30 pm with rotating night and weekend: Ability to work variable and flexible tours to meet department needs. May be required to work unscheduled or extended hours, weekends and holidays to meet the needs of the Veterans and the Medical Center Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.