Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Seattle, Washington
Summary 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 Responsibilities 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 affects of transfusion. Duties will vary based on grade. At the GS-9 level, duties will include, but are not limited to: Schedules and prioritizes 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. Evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimen for analysis, requesting new patient specimens as necessary. Prepares reagents and primary reagent reference materials. Selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains single and multi channel laboratory analyzers. Performs quality control procedures on equipment, reagents and products, and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Evaluates and recommends new tests to be incorporated into the laboratory testing menu. Confer with the appropriate laboratory section chief/pathologist to determine requirements for non-standard tests. Determines the validity of test results and the variations/dilutions required to acquire a satisfactory test result determination. Instructs providers, residents, nursing staff and others in laboratory specimen requirements for specific laboratory tests. Works as a senior member of the laboratory testing team, assessing test result in relation to patient medical condition. Practices laboratory safety in order to reduce contamination and infection to patients, staff and self. 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. Maintains records and files of tests performed on patients. Properly identifies patient specimen through the use of 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 numbers. Responsible for the inventory and stocking of all laboratory supplies and reagents. Must have the skills necessary to operate highly sophisticated computer controlled multi-channel analyzers. Must be able to do 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, accession, test and verify results in the VA VistA laboratory program. Responsible for assuming various rotating schedules as determined by the section supervisor and section chief. Consults with clinicians or reviews patient clinical history in CPRS. Compares test results from other sections of the lab (Surgical Pathology, Cytology, Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology) to support observations. Refers cases to Pathologists or Section Chiefs for critical review as appropriate. Must use critical judgment in the evaluation of test discrepancies, taking appropriate action as detailed in test protocols. Performs special projects as delegated by the Section Chief or Supervisor. Conducts training and instruction for new employees and students. Must maintain competency certification for skills required but not limited to the performance of tests, including instrument maintenance, the introduction of new instrumentation and technologies, morphological identification of cells in peripheral blood, and body fluids. Must interact with Reference Laboratories to schedule testing and transport of difficult to obtain samples. Must be able to utilize critical judgment in subjective test areas and recognize when changes or abnormalities may be critical to patient outcome. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 3:30pm - 12:00am with rotating weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist/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. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. English Language Proficiency: MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education and/or Experience Combination: 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; 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; 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: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. 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) Exception: Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with paragraph 2d(1) above. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-7: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-9: 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. OR Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes. Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24, May 12, 2014. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-9. Physical Requirements: This work requires moderate lifting (15-44lbs), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, standing (4 hours), ability to distinguish basic colors, and mental and emotional stability. It also requires working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.