The VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Pathology and Laboratory Service line is recruiting for a Medical Technologist. The Medical Technologist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility. Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP): May be eligible to receive up to $10,000 per year (with a lifetime maximum of $60,000) to help repay student loans. More information may be found at https://www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EducationSupport/#repay. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. Major duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Collects specimens with minimal discomfort to the patient, ensures accurate identification and proper preservation of the specimen, and controls physical conditions to ensure the physiological state of the specimen is maintained throughout the pre-analytical processes Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles with immediate or general supervision. Prepares reagents, maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Identifies unusual results and discrepancies, correlates test results with other laboratory or patient data, evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system employed and type of specimen, determines if additional data is required before reporting test results, solves problems, and presents solutions with immediate or general supervision. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors which influence test results, with immediate or general supervision. In collaboration with senior technologists, interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. Assists with evaluating and implementing new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance, using underlying principles of laboratory testing. Work Schedule: -Friday - Monday 2:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. and holidays as assigned. OR -Friday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. with every other Monday 3:30 p.m.. - 12:00 a.m.; Holidays as assigned. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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