The Southern Arizona Health Care System is currently recruiting for many Medical Technologists to work in our Microbiology Department or Core Laboratory to support our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in Tucson, Arizona. The incumbent develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.
The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist-includes but are not limited to the following:
Perform a broad range of laboratory procedure to include advanced and complex.
Recognize deviation from expected results; analyzes and correct problems using scientific principles.
Recognize and communicate pre-defined critical results affecting patient care.
Evaluate and solve problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.
Maintain and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment; use, calibrate, identify malfunctions, repair, and perform preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment
Diagnose deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.
Perform and document quality control and quality assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.
Adhere to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the work place.
Identify discrepancies, solve problems, and suggest solutions.
Answer inquires regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results.
Interpret results and suggest follow-up test selection or procedures.
Evaluate and implement new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals.
Assist with instruction and training of new employees, students, and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program.
Communicate effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member.
Provide excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others).
Give direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing,
Organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Language: proficient in spoken and written English? [To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.]
Education: 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: possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. OR 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).
Physical Requirements: Medical Technologist Functional requirements: Light lifting (Less than 15lbs); Reaching above the shoulder; Use of fingers; Standing (2 hours); Repeating bending (2 hours); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing aid permitted.