In the health care community, MTs are generally referred to as "medical laboratory scientists (MLS) or clinical laboratory scientists (CLS). The MT/CLS generalist at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing is performed on a variety of biological specimens using manual or automated techniques and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision In this announcement, applicant could be selected for GS-7 entry level or GS-9 Medical Technologist. GS-7 will receive more supervision and training from experienced staff. The duties and responsibilities of the GS-9 Medical Technologist include, but are not limited to, the following: Performs technical procedures that include but are not limited to: automated chemistry panels, immunochemistry, complete blood counts, coagulation tests, urinalysis, body fluid analysis, peripheral smear evaluation, chromatography, toxicology, enzyme immunoassay, point-of-care testing and special studies. Evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if necessary. Advises laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, performs routine preventative maintenance and documents service on the instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (mechanical, optical, photometric, and electrometric). Performs daily quality control to assure that the reagents, equipment, and temperatures are within the recommended guidelines. Identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the quality control problem. Documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with accrediting agencies such as CAP, JCAHO, and CLIA. Screens test results to detect discrepancies, artifacts, and pathologic change that may warrant additional testing. Performs repeat or additional testing to clarify or confirm abnormal results as necessary. Assists in the training of Medical Technologist and Medical Technicians on the theoretical and practical aspects of test performance. This includes, but is not limited to, procedures, instrument function, quality control, expected results, quality management, and reporting of test results. Assists the Laboratory Information Manager (LIM) in the implementation of the laboratory modules of the medical center's automated data processing system. This involves identification of problems in new software packages when they are installed, analysis of these problems focusing upon their impact upon all laboratory data users throughout the medical center and coordinating efficient resolution of these problems. Works with the LIM in facilitating the interface of laboratory instrumentation with the LIS. This includes acting as an intermediary with the commercial software vendors (Dawning and Data Innovations) and IRM to ensure the accurate transmission of laboratory data between the instruments, interface hardware/software and the LIS. Assists the LIM in the development, maintenance and modification of various electronic information files such as: An accurate, efficient, user-friendly results reporting system that assures accurate transmission of numerical and textual report information. The system contains and displays documented criteria for reporting (background information, test descriptions, acceptable reference ranges, patient results including template comments, automated electronic "alerts" for critically abnormal values, laboratory interim and cumulative reports and error detection protocols). The system affords transparent data exchange between VistA/LEDI/"HOST" and effectively adapts the LIS (VistA/HOST) package (s) to develop an efficient reporting system within the Medical Center and for distance reporting to and from other VA installations (e.g. LEDI) and commercial reference laboratories; An accurate quality control database and user-friendly reporting system; A master list of all available tests and their requirements (test files) including workload units and billing information based on CPT/LOINC codes; A workload reporting system (including automated data reporting for the College of American Pathologists' Laboratory Management Index Program) with accurately representative file set up/links for data transfer to DSS (Decision Support System), PCE (Patient Care Encounters), KLF etc.; The Medical Technologist is under the supervisory control of the daylight and/or evening/night shift Core Laboratory Supervisor. The Supervisor assigns work and provides only general assignments, deadlines and priorities, reviews work reports, and advises on how to proceed when unusual problems are encountered. Work Schedule: Rotating weekends and holidays, only full time shifts available (8am-4:30pm, 10am-6:30pm, 11pm-7am, 3:30 pm-12am). Applicant must select desired shifts in assessment. Telework Eligible: Not available Compressed/flexible schedule: Not available Location: Lebanon VAMC, 1700 S Lincoln Ave, Lebanon, PA 17042 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized to highly qualified individual (s) *****THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION****
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