This is an internal job announcement. Current permanent Chillicothe VAMC employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under this announcement. An external announcement will open with the announcement number CBSR-11176093-21-JM. Veterans Preference is not used on internal announcements. If you wish to apply using your Veterans Preference, you may also apply under the external announcement as well. This is considered the performance level or entry-level medical technologists (MT/MLS) who are in a nonsupervisory position. At this level the MT/MLS has less than one year of clinical experience. The incumbent will under the technical supervision of a MT/MLS who is at or above the full performance level. The employee in this position functions as a "generalist" in the various sections of the laboratory. The technologist may work in areas such as hematology (including coagulation), bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, immunology, serology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology) and urinalysis. The work performed by the technologist requires professional knowledge and competence in the field of clinical laboratory technology to: perform, advise on, or supervise clinical laboratory testing of human blood, urine, and other body fluids or tissues. interpret and apply complex written instructions. use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results. use manual and automated techniques to confirm test results. develop data that physicians may use to determine the presence and extent of disease. maintain, troubleshoot, and repair laboratory equipment. establish and monitor quality control systems and measures teach basic theory, technical skills, and application of laboratory test procedures or equipment. communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education Duties include but are not limited to: Generally speaking, a MT at this level of performance and above, performs laboratory tests which, because they have a high level of complexity/difficulty and/or are infrequently performed, require a special sensitivity to possible problems. In addition to being able to perform all of the duties of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), the MT: recognizes unexpected test reactions, errors, and discrepancies. identifies technical, instrumental, or physiological causes of problems (e.g., test conditions, chemical reactions, instrument function, patient variables, interfering drugs). determines solutions based on the theory of reactions on which the procedures are based and other clinical data. suggests additional assays that could clarify or amplify the attending physician's diagnosis. A Medical Technologist at this level of performance and above should be able to review, maintain, and develop appropriate records. In conjunction with record keeping a MT: establishes record keeping systems to assure the accuracy and validity of test results; facilitates preparation of medical documentation that meets professional standards and accreditation agency require SPECIFIC DUTIES OF POSITION: Uses the Veteran's Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Has the knowledge and skills to use the internet for researching information. Is responsible for adhering to all VA and P&LMS policies regarding Cyber Security. Meets the needs of the customers while supporting the Medical Center and P&LMS mission. Communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, all medical center staff, and all non-medical center contacts) in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflicts and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Refers situations they cannot control to SMT, Lab Manager or Chief, P&LM. DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC: Clinical Chemistry: Performs chemistry test procedures, both routine and non-routine by using manual and/or automated methods. Operates, calibrates, standardizes and maintains all instruments currently in use and learns new procedures or instruments operations as they are introduced. Hematology and Coagulation: Performs complete blood cell counts (CBC) and body fluid cell counts using automated methods and/or manual techniques as appropriate. Performs differential cell counts on peripheral blood smears and records the degree of abnormal morphology. Molecular: Performs testing procedure for respiratory viruses on several platforms. Performs QC. Blood Bank: Performs blood ABO grouping, Rh typing, compatibility testing and antibody screening on specimens. Performs special antibody/crossmatch procedures. Urinalysis: Performs qualitative and semi-qualitative testing of urine. Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may be required to work some evenings and weekends) Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement Title: Medical Technologist Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
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.