The Long Beach VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for one (1) Medical Technologist (Technical Specialist) to work in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services Long Beach, CA. The incumbent serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex or unique tests requiring special knowledge e.g. flow cytometry and molecular pathology. Duties included but are not limited to: Serve as a technical expert providing authoritative advice and consultation in the areas of Microbiology and Medical Technology including concepts, principles, practices, and methodologies sufficient to perform manual and automated ID/AST, validation/verification, quality control/assurance, document control, proficiency testing, inspection, and accreditation to all levels of the organization. Operate autonomously within the confines of the Microbiology laboratory and serves as the subject matter expert and point of contact in the absence of the Microbiology supervisor. Evaluate Microbiology activities to assess ongoing day-to-day compliance with established protocols and guidelines. Recommends policy/protocol changes to correct deficiencies and improve the program. Develop Validation Plan. Perform data collection and evaluation for validation/verification of a range of test systems. This includes the ability to apply Categorical agreement and Essential agreement to collected data, define Very Major, Major, and Minor error/discrepancy, and perform related calculations for data analysis. Knowledge of current CLSI standards and guidelines, applying them correctly in the clinical setting. Trains and evaluates the competency of a variety of individuals in the performance of Microbiology procedures and in the reporting of test results promptly, accurately, and proficiently. Creates, applies, and monitors performance improvement initiatives within the program and/or the organization. Assists in identifying, recommending, and implementing technology and workflow changes to improve the quality of lab results and/or lab service. Consults with Infection Control, Infectious Disease, or other clinical services to identify testing needs and to analyze emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods. Identifies, defines, and resolves problems associated with unique aspects of tests performed in Microbiology. Develops procedures, training materials and other program materials, which ensure accreditation and compliance with all regulatory agencies concerning patient testing, result reporting, and proficiency testing. Develops and implements corrective action when deficiencies are identified. Comprehensive knowledge of Microbiology to apply new scientific and technological developments and theories to laboratory and an understanding of complex laboratory testing issues. Trains CLS students on the principles, concepts, and practical applications of Microbiology as they relate to the clinical lab setting. Assists the supervisor with inspection readiness programs for CAP/TJC and other government agencies. Maintains records and ensures that standards/requirements of accrediting/regulatory agencies are met. Work Schedule: With Rotating Holidays and weekends, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm 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.