Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Internal Number: 699902300
The Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC has an immediate opening for a Medical Technologist (Laboratory Information Manager) to work within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education/Experience: You must meet the following education and/or experience requirement to qualify for this position:(1) A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.) AND Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree. OR, (2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND Two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. OR, (3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND Five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below: (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry). Grade Determinations GS- 12: Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of concepts, principles and methodology of clinical laboratory technology in relation to laboratory information systems. b. Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations and their relationship to the organization sufficient to provide advisory, inspection, training and problem-solving services on specific projects, programs or functions. c. Ability to adapt, implement, and integrate the use of software to specific laboratory applications and processes, including the use of office automation software. d. Knowledge of laboratory computer system analysis, program techniques, computer language, and program design sufficient to implement various laboratory associated packages and sustain operation of the laboratory system. e. Ability to independently plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments. f. Knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements for laboratory functions. NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented on your, resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at GS-12. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 45 lbs. Straight pulling. pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands (grasping). Walking, frequent standing (i.e., up to 4 hours). Kneeling repeated bending and use of both arms and legs and repetitive motion. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes and depth perception. Ability to distinguish colors anti shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted). Clear high cognitive function and emotional stability. Ability to read ordinary type without strain. ["Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Develops and recommends new policies and procedures regarding the installation and use of the laboratory information system (LIS) or the hospital information system (HIS). Installs, configures, and implements data management solutions and interface connections between the HIS and laboratory instruments, analyzers and medical devices, including point of care instruments, referral laboratory equipment and barcode label printers in the main facility and CBOCs. Primary LIM support focus includes all areas of the laboratory including Core Lab, Reference, Ancillary Testing, Anatomic Pathology, Blood Bank, Phlebotomy and Microbiology. Responsible for the development, deployment and maintenance of Instrument Manager-based decision support algorithms (Rules) and Data Innovations. Implements and maintains coding and mapping for laboratory test ordering, reporting, billing, and workload recording systems. Analyzes emerging trends, software, and technology and adopts appropriate methods for local programs to meet agency goals. Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of function and capabilities of the information system. Establish baseline measures (data collection, analysis, reporting) through standardized methodologies pre- and post-implementation. Prepares and submits reports as requested. Serves as a recognized expert to provide advice, training and consultation on the information system. Serves as the local expert for authoritative advice on laboratory coding, workload, and billing compliance issues. Participates/Supports VISN wide software implementation advisory group. Ensures testing and deadline compliance for software upgrades, information security upgrades and software patches inclusive of audit trail documentation. Serves as the Privacy Liaison for P&LMS; ensures local compliance with information and cyber security requirements, including design and maintenance of the computer downtime contingency plan, inventory and critical device lists, quarterly computer access reviews, and annual testing and reporting of contingency testing. Serves as the liaison between administration, clinical staff, and technical staff regarding the clinical, business, technical operations management processes associated with each specific laboratory application and CPRS. Creates and implements new tests ensuring accurate test name, specimen requirements, results format, reference ranges, test descriptions and comments, workload and billing codes as new tests are implemented as well as tests sent to referral laboratories. Requests access for new users. Provides training for new users and existing users regarding the implementation of new software programs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; HOURS 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: Available (Ad Hoc) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.