This position is in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend. The incumbent works in the Pathology and Lab Service and functions as the Medical Technologist, performing key duties in the clinical laboratory. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples. Laboratory disciplines vary, including chemistry (endocrinology and toxicology), hematology, coagulation, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology. The Medical Technologist: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technologist occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles information. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, considering physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of the automated analytical instrumentation used in all departments of the laboratory. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment. Diagnoses 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. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems and presents solutions. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. Evaluates and implements new techniques and 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. Attends vendor training as scheduled for new instrumentation and is responsible for equipment troubleshooting and staff training/competency in use of the new instrument. Performs validation/method verification for new systems and monitors quality control systems and measures. Updates procedures and ensures that all testing and procedures meet the requirements and standards of the accrediting agencies. 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. Performs all duties independently, with minimal supervisor. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. Performs a broad spectrum of clinical chemistry, toxicology, drug monitoring, other procedures utilizing a wide range of technologies including immunoassay. Standardizes and performs a variety (over 130 assays available) of complex STAT and routine assays. Maintains skills in phlebotomy and follows: CLSI (formerly NACCLS) guidelines for blood draw. Uses two patient identifiers and active communication when identifying patients for blood draw and all other specimen collection processes. Draws tubes in the correct order in accordance with VCB laboratory policies and procedures Organizes the ward specimen collection lists, STAT and timed draws and reviews the collection list for uncollected orders and resolves the uncollected status. Organizes the specimen collection data for inpatient and outpatient blood draws and inputs this data into an excel spread sheet. Oversees the Phlebotomists to ensure there is coverage where needed. Acts as information specialist for the section and assists practitioners in locating results, adding tests to existing specimens, explaining collection procedures, handling requirements and any special requirements for esoteric testing. Processes specimens using the equipment, instruments and techniques required to prepare them for specific analysis, controls physical conditions and responds to time factors to insure that the physiologic integrity of the specimen is maintained. Performs procedures associated with the enumeration and identification of human blood constituents and the study of the coagulation system. Performs blood analyses using complex CBC and Coagulation analyzers and manual counts. Prepares stained slide preparations for the performance of microscopic work. Performs other microscopic procedures, including validation of automated cell counts with smear estimates, correlation of instrument data to smear findings, review of slides for interfering substances, and the identification of abnormalities that require Supervisor or Pathologist review. In Coagulation, tests performed include those used for monitoring anticoagulant therapy. Performs procedures associated with the enumeration and identification of urine elements. Performs urine analyses using complex analyzers. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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