Medical Technologist (Advanced)(Microbiology)(External)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Internal Number: 612210700
The VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System is currently seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual to join our team as an Advanced Medical Technologist in our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. ***This is an Open Continuous Announcement. *** ***Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting manager on a weekly basis. *** The Advanced Medical Technologist (Microbiology) serves as an expert providing advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge. They advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. This technologist works alongside the technical specialist medical technologist in microbiology, and acts as an expert in the Microbiology section and serves as a technical advisor for all other technologist staff. Duties of the position include and are not limited to: Correctly correlate a sample to a request and rapidly assess sample acceptability prior to processing and can determine what factors may create misleading results if not resolved prior to set-up Correctly screens all sample types appropriate to the scope of practice for the section and based on an up-to-date body of knowledge regarding clinically significant and potentially significant microorganisms: how to recognize, select & isolate them and what tests are required to identify them Performance of the identification testing requires incumbent to accurately evaluate and interpret patient results based on acceptable functioning of all test processes and to know when there are malfunctions in any of the control, material, procedural and equipment systems used When there are malfunctions of any system, readily aware of this, is knowledgeable on a wide range of possible solutions and acts quickly to resolve malfunctions During identification testing the incumbent is fully knowledgeable regarding appearance of "Bio-Level III", (highly infective,) agents and what special and critical steps are required to ensure containment, safety and notification of management Performance of antibiotic sensitivity testing requires incumbent to be fully knowledgeable on all classes of antibiotics tested, the spectrum of efficacy of specific drugs within each class, what antibiotics are suitable or inappropriate for organism type and where dangerously misleading results are possible if certain bug/drug combinations are reported Current regarding what emergence(s) of serious and hitherto unknown resistances of particular organisms to certain antibiotics to look for and steps to take quickly in order to determine validity of the result and what additional agencies need to be contacted if the resistance is proven in this setting Reports data to correct patient file using approved wording and where required, notifies provider a final report is available Effectively use the current VA laboratory software systems and reviews reports made after data entry to assure the correct data is reported to the correct fileable assist in interpretation of reports, provide academic information or to direct provider to appropriate infectious disease consult or other specialty resource Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: To be determined by supervisor with, Required rotational holidays and weekends, 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.