*Incentives Not Available* The incumbent serves as generalist medical technologist with the responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, and Microbiology and works as a technologist in any section area as needed. The medical technologist rotates with other generalists through the above-mentioned areas and works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays. The functions and duties of the Medical Technologist include but are not limited to the following (entry level GS-7 will perform these with supervision as needed): Properly collect, handle, accession, and label specimens according to, but not limited to safety, patient identification and infection control policies. Instruct Medical Center or CBOC personnel on preliminary procedures in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Users guide. Evaluate the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepare specimens for analysis, ensuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained. Select, perform, evaluate and monitor the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognize and react to indicators of malfunction; locate and implement corrections. Conduct quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintain proper records for quality control reports. Operate a variety of instruments such as electronic cell counter, discrete chemistry analyzer, discrete urinalysis analyzer, centrifuge, microscope and others. Calibrate, standardize, adjust and maintain instruments. Verify correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring. Identify the cause of common problems and make simple repairs, difficult repairs or malfunctions are resolved with assistance of manufacturer technical service center. Evaluate the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlate quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, and medications) to verify results. Perform additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognize 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. Work off-hour shifts, weekends, holidays, and in other sections of the laboratory. Assist with coverage when there is shortage of staff. Assist in the orientation and training of new employees. Assist in development and maintenance and modification of various computer applications liaison are maintained with technical representatives to correct computer programming and to resolve common problems. Maintain appropriate levels of supplies and reagents for the efficient operation of the assigned section. Participate in activities associated with process improvement, customer service, age specific considerations, data driven decision-making, and team driven change. Each employee will ensure they complete the current mandatory hours of continuing education on TQI. Follow all standards of the American College of Pathologists (CAP) at all times in the section and participate in activities as directed by Lab Manager so the section will qualify for accreditation by CAP. Follow all standards of other accreditation agencies JCAHO, FDA, IG and others at all times in the section. Participate in the quality control program for the section, assure that appropriate records are maintained. Report complaints from the hospital staff concerning questionable results to Laboratory Manager. Participate in the performance of CAP survey unknown specimens and prepare the appropriate work sheets for the Laboratory Manager. Document corrective action taken on out-of-range CAP survey results. Act as a consultant, communicating and interacting with other members of the laboratory, healthcare team, external relations, customers and patients. Perform the work requiring regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for long periods, bending over instruments and performing phlebotomy and performance of other physical tasks. Perform routine work utilizing established protocols for chemical, infectious and other safety and fire, and accident hazards having knowledge of possible carcinogenic agents' blood-borne and other pathogens. Utilize protective equipment necessary and required and including special techniques to avoid risks. Accomplish and perform other duties as may become necessary and within the scope of clinical laboratory. Responsible for maintaining the work area in a clean environment appropriate for the section in which they are working. Work Schedule: Wednesday - Saturday, 9:00pm to 7:00am including holidays as needed. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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