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 The Medical Technologist performs a full range of laboratory procedures in the areas of chemistry, urinalysis, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, serology and/or immunochemistry. These procedures include but are not limited to blood gas analysis, therapeutic drug monitoring, CBC's and manual differentials, body fluid analysis, direct smears and gram stains, blood cultures, culture set-up and resolution of problems including adverse effects of transfusion. Perform specimen collection and processing procedures in the absence of appropriate staffing. Functions or scope of assigned duties may include: Schedule and prioritize laboratory testing to meet provider demands as well as to accommodate the extreme emergency testing required by the emergency department, surgery, and intensive care units. Evaluate requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimen for analysis, request new patient specimens as necessary if the original is determined unsatisfactory. Prepare reagents and primary reagent reference materials. Select, perform, evaluate, and monitor the performance of non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Calibrate, standardize, adjust, and maintain single and multi-channel laboratory analyzers. Evaluate and recommend new tests to be incorporated into the laboratory testing menu. Perform quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintain proper records for quality control reports. Evaluate and recommend new tests to be incorporated into the laboratory testing menu. Work as a senior member of the laboratory testing team, assessing test results in relation to patient medical condition. Practice laboratory safety to reduce contamination and infection to patients, staff, and self using personal protective equipment. Must be aware of and practice the safety policies and procedures of the medical center, laboratory services, and participate in safety assurance activities as directed. This includes following all policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations & requirements being a good steward of the environment through pollution prevention, waste minimization, and resource conservation. Maintain records and files of tests performed on patients; this includes patient logbooks, requisitions, and editing of patient test results. Properly identify patient specimens using two patient identifier requirements. This is essential so that mistaken identity of patient tests does not occur. The technologist must be certain that the patient specimen and the request are identical. When collecting biological sample, the technologist must ask each patient to verbally confirm his or her name and social security number. Inventory and stock of all laboratory supplies and reagents. Operate highly sophisticated computer controlled multi-channel analyzers. Conduct basic trouble shooting of laboratory analyzers, including interacting with vendor technical staff in person or by telephone. Must have computer skills required to look up, access, test, and verify results in the VA VistA laboratory program. Assume various rotating schedules as determined by the section supervisor and section chief. Consult with clinicians or review patient clinical history in CPRS. Compare test results from other sections of the lab (Surgical Pathology, Cytology, Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology) to support observations. Refer cases to Pathologists or Section Chiefs for critical review as appropriate. Use critical judgment in the evaluation of test discrepancies, taking appropriate action as detailed in test protocols. Conduct training and instruction for new employees and students. Maintain competency certification for required skills and tests, including instrument maintenance, the introduction of new instrumentation and technologies, morphological identification of cells in peripheral blood, and body fluids. Interact with Reference Laboratories to schedule testing and transport of difficult to obtain samples (e.g. bone marrow or body fluids) to ensure timely sample delivery and appropriate testing. May also require direct interaction with patients to facilitate off-site testing (e.g. semen analysis, platelet function tests, etc.) Utilize critical judgment in subjective test areas and recognize when changes or abnormalities may be critical to patient outcome. Work Schedule: Tue - Sat, 11:30pm to 8am Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist (Nights)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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