This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Current permanent VA and other federal employees should apply under CBST-11296801-22-DB. The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), hematology, coagulation., urinalysis, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology, microbiology (may include mycology, parasitology, and virology), and specimen procurement and processing. Duties include but are not limited to: Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained. Prepares reagents and primary reference materials, assembles equipment, verifies correct instrument operation; standardizes, performs, and calculates results for a variety of complex tests such as special stains and procedures associated with whole blood and microbiological specimens, special cytochemical stains, body fluid analysis differentials and smears, cardiac panels, cross matching blood, etc. Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of routine, non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual techniques and/or instruments in accordance with established protocols; recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction, locates problem and implements corrections; evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures. Correlates quantitative, biochemical, physiologic, and morphologic, and morphologic data with other laboratory data and/or other patient data to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results and reports results. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents and products and maintains proper records for all quality control reports. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains instruments. Examines functions of instruments, rechecks conditions of test performance, evaluate reaction systems and/or procedural techniques utilized. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks. Identifies the cause of common problems with symptoms and makes necessary adjustments or repairs. Accepts referrals of abnormal or unusual results and observations from lower-grade laboratory personnel. Advises on course of action to follow when values obtained from standard or control sample values are unacceptable. Resolves problems involving other services (expectations, communication, etc.) when appropriate; refers problems beyond area of responsibility to supervisory personnel. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Incumbent correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system. Reviews test results to detect clerical errors, significant analytical errors, and unusual laboratory results. Assists in training new personnel, lower graded personnel, and students from appropriate training programs (including classroom lectures when requested and bench instruction) in various areas of the laboratory (basic principles and practical application). Prepares continuing education for the service staff when requested. Supplements prescribed course content and instructional materials as necessary. Maintains appropriate levels of supplies and reagents for the efficient operation of the clinical laboratory; notifies supervisor when supply levels reach 7 days or less. Maintains safety and cleanliness of laboratory. Follows all appropriate HIPPA guidelines. Works with management to assure laboratory is in compliance with regulatory agency requirements and guidelines. Maintains appropriate professional credentials. Works off-hour shifts, weekends, holidays, and in other sections of the laboratory as priorities shows a need. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday- 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Jennifer.Isbell-Gross@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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