The Advanced Staff Medical Technologist (Microbiology) carries out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS-9 at Mather, but has higher levels of professional responsibilities and expertise. At the GS-10 level, the Microbiology Technologist performs complex laboratory functions with focus on pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic processes of microbiology testing at the Sacramento Medical Center. The technologist has professional oversight responsibilities and takes responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument or test system; a specific large area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice. Duties may include specific targeted laboratory responsibilities or projects such as implementing new tests, analyzer specialist, or quality control file maintenance. MT's specializing in microbiology must possess extensive experience and advanced knowledge in bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. MT's at this level have knowledge of federal, VHA, state laws and regulations of certifying agencies including the College of American Pathology (CAP) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and the Joint Commission (TLC) laboratory. Advanced Staff Medical Technologist, Microbiology, 30% of the time. The incumbent will focus on Microbiology pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic processes for the Clinical Laboratory at the Sacramento Medical Center: - Assists the Microbiology Supervisor with new employee training, annual competency, - Reviews records for errors and takes corrective actions as needed. - Assists the Microbiology Supervisor in writing and maintaining procedures, provides advice on work methods, practices and procedures. - Stays current in all CAP, CLIA and Joint Commission regulatory requirements - Reviews CLSI documents and makes recommendations for changes according to the current guidelines. - Participates in preparation for inspections by reviewing checklist compliance, makes recommendations for improvements, CAP Interim self-inspection, coordination of inspection preparation and assisting with inspection day activities. - Participates in the review and submission of inspection responses - Reviews test results for errors and unusual test results. Determines what action is needed for follow up. - Performs quality control testing, reviews results, and takes corrective action for results that are out of control. - Employee will be responsible for a specific analytical instrument or test system. Attends vendor training as needed and is responsible for employee training, system trouble shooting, monitoring instrument reagents and supplies, reviewing equipment logs and assuring that proper maintenance is being done - Performs complex maintenance procedures and is consulted as the expert for trouble shooting problems on the instrument. - Stays up-to-date on identification and susceptibility procedures for emerging pathogens and bioterrorism agents. - Assist in the startup and implementation of new test systems. - Assists in submission of proficiency testing (PT), review of PT results and assists in the investigation and documentation for PT deficiencies. - Participates in Service process improvement projects and monitors outcomes and follow-on audits - Assists medical staff with questions regarding microbiology orders and test results. - Performs other duties as assigned. problems on the instrument. Work Schedule: To be determined Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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