This position is in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service located at Dayton VA Medical Center. The incumbent's primary purpose is to serve as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service performing a wide variety of clinical testing, including both moderate and highly complex clinical laboratory testing. Performs a full range of laboratory testing and examination of blood, urine, body fluids and other specimens. Performs routine laboratory testing (both moderate and complex testing) in all areas of the clinical laboratory including Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Immunology, Blood Bank, and Microbiology. The technician is assigned to rotate to all areas but may be assigned to one primary area based on laboratory needs. The work performed by the technician requires professional knowledge and competence in the field of clinical laboratory technology. They must be able to work independently and be able to interpret and apply complex written instructions from a variety of sources (i.e. Operating procedures, CLSI documents, VA directives, and accrediting agency requirements) to determine the correct course of action. Performs non-routine testing as required: performs complex analyses and infrequently requested tests which may include transfusion reaction work-up, manual chemistry methods, body fluid analysis with manual differential, polymerase chain reaction testing, or special coagulation tests. Packages laboratory specimens for pick up and shipment to reference laboratories. Instructs medical technologist, medical technician, and phlebotomy students as well as new employees in approved laboratory techniques as assigned. Performs and evaluates quality control and proficiency testing samples according to laboratory standard operating procedures and accrediting agency requirements. Performs preventative maintenance as scheduled, on a variety of laboratory equipment, to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. Verifies accurate instrument functioning, troubleshoots instrument malfunctions, and acts on any quality control shifts, trends or out of range results. Identifies unusual results or conditions which may cause erroneous results (instrument malfunctions, interfering substances, faulty operating parameters, or nonstandard test procedure used). Evaluates the problem and selects appropriate corrective action. Ensures that laboratory areas are stocked, maintains appropriate inventories, and notifies appropriate personnel when supplies need to be ordered. Maintains work area in a clean and safe condition according to agency or accreditation requirements. Records laboratory data on charts, logs or computerized forms. The work performed by the technician requires professional knowledge and competence in the field of clinical laboratory technology. They must be able to work independently and be able to interpret and apply complex written instructions from a variety of sources (i.e. Operating procedures, CLSI documents, VA directives, and accrediting agency requirements) to determine the correct course of action. Enters data into the computerized patient medical record either manually or through instrument computer interfaces. Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the results. Calls critical values to the clinician per laboratory policy. Reviews other technologist/technician manually entered results for accuracy. Performs other related duties as assigned. Verifies identity of patient and collects blood specimens with minimal discomfort to the patient using standard phlebotomy techniques. Incumbent performs both venipuncture and capillary collections utilizing vacutainer, syringe, butterfly or finger stick devices. Collects blood from both inpatients and outpatients. Labels samples accurately, centrifuges, and aliquots samples as needed. Controls physical conditions and observes any time factors necessary to ensure the physiological state of the specimen is maintained throughout the pre-analytical to post analytical stages. Follows standard precautions, isolation procedures, infection control policies and other safety regulations. Conducts all work according to Laboratory Safety regulations. Uses standard aseptic procedures and safeguards. Disposes of contaminated and/or potentially dangerous specimens, reagents, and chemicals in accordance with applicable regulations. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. with rotating weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD028570 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.