Job opening: Medical Technologist- Hematology
Salary: $64 131 - 101 947 per year
Published at: Sep 21 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
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.
Performs procedures associated with the enumeration and identification of human blood constituents and the study of the coagulation system. Performs blood and body fluid analyses using complex CBC and Coagulation analyzers and manual counts hemacytometry. Knowledge of the physiological changes that affect sample stability and test accuracy is particularly important in this area due to the short stability of the samples utilized for analysis. Incumbent prepares stained slide preparations for the performance of microscopic work. Must exercise critical judgment in the identification of human blood components, particularly in white cell differentials, the morphology of red cells, and the examination of stained stool, urine, nasal, sputum, or body fluid preparations. Other microscopic procedures include validation of automated cell counts with smear estimates, correlation of instrument data to smear findings, review of slides for interfering substances, and the identification of abnormalities that require Supervisor or Pathologist review.
Duties listed below are at the GS-9 level, developmental grades will differ in complexity and level of supervision. Additional duties may be assigned.
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 if the original is determined unsatisfactory.
Prepares reagents and primary reagent reference materials.
Selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual and 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.
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.
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. This includes patient logbooks, requisition and editing of patient test results. m) Properly identifies patient specimen through the use of two patient identifier requirements.
Responsible for the inventory and stocking of all laboratory supplies and reagents.
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. 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.
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 to ensure timely sample delivery and appropriate testing. May also require direct interaction with patients to facilitate off-site testing 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: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM with rotating weekends and Holiday
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Functional Statement #: 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: My be Authorized
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Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
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.
Failure to Obtain Certification: In all cases, MTs must actively pursue meeting prerequisites for certification from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the MT with the written requirement to obtain certification, the date by which the certification must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0644 MT series. Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
Loss of Credential: Once certified, MTs must maintain their certification. Loss of certification will result in removal from the occupation and may result in termination of employment.
GS-7 (Entry Level)
Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignments: Employees at this level serve in an entry level MT career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at or above the full performance level.
GS-9 (Full Performance Level)
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.
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 or education 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: VHA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G24
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 (under 15-44 lbs), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, standing, ability to distinguish basic colors and mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors are working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
- Address VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
- Name: Jovita Murphy
- Phone: 253-583-3850
- Email: [email protected]