The incumbent serves as a medical laboratory technician in the clinical laboratory section of a facility within VISN 22. VISN 22 encompasses Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Long Beach Healthcare System, Loma Linda Healthcare System, Las Vegas Healthcare System, and San Diego Healthcare System. The incumbent serves as Medical Technician and supports functions of the Clinical Laboratory. The incumbent is responsible for independently performing a variety of difficult and complex laboratory procedures and examination within various disciplines of the clinical laboratory including chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, microbiology, serology, immunohematology and urinalysis. Additional duties include accessioning of patient specimens into the laboratory information system, instruction of patients and nursing personnel in the collection of urine and stool samples. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures. MAJOR DUTIES AND' RESPONSIBILITIES: Incumbent serves as a technician who will rotate within Pathology & Laboratory Service departments, performing high-complexity analytical testing procedures under the supervision of a Medical Technologist as directed within the various sections of the service. Performs tests that are new and involve very fine distinctions. This includes performance of microscopic examinations in the setting of the clinical medical laboratory. Typically, many extremely delicate and exacting steps are required and the instrumentation is elaborate and complex in nature. Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment in such a manner as to provide safety and efficiency in laboratory operations. Assist in the scheduling of employees to cover shifts in the Phlebotomy section, accordingly. Testing of methodologies employed by the incumbent within the discipline of Chemistry includes, but is not limited to, urinalysis with microscopic colorimetric analytical testing procedures; nephelornetric methodologies, fluorescent polarization immunoassay (FPIA), and microparticle enzyme immunoassay (MEIA). Procedures performed within the discipline of Microbiology include, but are not limited to, plating of Page 1 of 8 PD# Station pathogenic micro-organisms, performing fecal occult blood testing, working up bacterial cultures and sensitivities from blood, wounds, and body fluids. Serological testing procedures performed include, but are not limited to testing for clostridium difficile, influenza, and streptococcus. Procedures performed with the discipline of Hematology include, but are not limited to complete blood cell counts (CBC), coagulation studies (i.e. prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and D-dimer). Assists with bone marrow collections. Incumbent completes emergency testing within expected time limits, usually less than 60 minutes and notifies the appropriate provider of all critical results. Prepares reagents, assembles equipment and verifies correct instrument operation. Maintain validity of assay system by appropriate quality control testing of reagents prior to use. Evaluate the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures. Correlates and integrates information and performs additional testing to confirm abnormal results. Maintains and logs all specimens received for Anatomic Pathology and ensures that each specimen is properly preserved. Reports all critical values and tests according to established guidelines. Enters results into hospital computer system verifying accuracy, completeness, and validity of process. Maintain a professional currency through forma! education professional training. Insures the adequacy of the scientific knowledge applicable to the performance of the required tests. Acts as liaison between the laboratory and the patient care areas regarding such matters as test requests, integrity of specimens received, disposition of orders for uncollected specimens; cancellation or re-ordering of work not collected, follow-up of orders for recollection or collection by ward personnel, status of requests ordering assistance, interim reports, test availability. Refer questions to appropriate technical supervisory personnel when necessary. Accesses and acknowledges the specimens using laboratory computer system or designated backup system and established guidelines. Processes specimens after checking relevant documentation, such as name of requesting individual, date of order, patient demographic data, requested procedures, appropriateness of samples, priority status of request, collection time, patient location, etc., and selects appropriate procedures based on knowledge of the type of specimens, patient information, and resources available in the laboratory. Controls physical conditions and responds to time factors to insure that the physiological state of the specimen is maintained. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Laboratory Technician/PD048640 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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