The Marion VA Medical Center is currently seeking a Medical Technologist Laboratory Information Manager. A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience Combination 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 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. 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: (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). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determination GS12: Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology in relation to laboratory information systems. Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs or functions. Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes, including the use of office automation software. Knowledge of laboratory computer system analysis, program techniques, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system. Ability to independently plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments. Knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements for laboratory functions. Preferred Experience: At least 5 years as a medical technologist References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II Appendix G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular physical exertion that consists of mainly long periods of standing, some bending and lifting as required for the handling of supplies and equipment, lifting of weight 15-44 lbs., pushing of weight 15-44 lbs., as well as long periods of sitting. In addition, manual skills are required to be able to perform delicate procedures and fine manual dexterity procedures and requires eye-hand coordination for multiple repetitive motion activities of the hands, wrists, and arms. Requires ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color. ["This is an open and continunous announcement. The incumbent is a qualified, experienced Medical Technologist who serves as the Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS).The LIM develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) in conjunction with the overall hospital information system (HIS). The incumbent provides authoritative advice and consultation on the information system as they apply to the Service. The incumbent advises all organizational levels on functions and capabilities of the LIS. This incumbent implement and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording considering compliance principles. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. The incumbent works closely with OI & T, Bio-Medical, and other departments throughout this facility and VISN to accomplish duties. The incumbent interacts with their counterparts in the Eastern orbit jointly to accomplish goals.Duties include but are not limited to: Develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the LIS or the HIS. Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording systems. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. Advise all organizational levels on various aspects of the functions and capabilities of the information system. Serves as a recognized expert to provide authoritative advice and consultation on the information system. Serves as the local expert for national software developers for alpha or beta testing of software packages. Submit reports as requested Ensure local compliance with information and cyber security requirement Actively participate in local facility, National, and Multidisciplinary Committees as required. Establish baseline measures (data collection, analysis, reporting) through standardized methodologies pre- and post-implementation. Implements, maintains, trains, and writes policies and procedures for Auto-verification throughout the Laboratory. Assess and monitor clinical workflow and outcomes pre- and post-implementation. Report and resolve clinical, business operation, technical issues through approved channels. Perform initial and ongoing skill-gap analysis of users (hardware/software); resolve identified user issues prior to implementation, review competency checklists with appropriate clinical managers. Serves as the liaison between administration, clinical, and technical staff regarding the clinical, business, and technical operations management processes associated with each specific application. Collaborate, coordinate, and execute all soft implementation efforts with a facility-level Project Team and promote a seamless integration Facilitate training, installation, implementation, maintenance, and overall use of BCE throughout the medical center and outpatient clinic areas. Test and verify released patches for functionality before moving into the production account. Collaborate with local staff, vendor, and National Teams to resolve issues. Carries out day-to-day operations related to laboratory computer use. Implements and maintains auto-verification for all existing or new instrumentation. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am-4:30pm, holidays, occasional weekends, rotating on call\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist Laboratory Information Manager/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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