The incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist Technical Specialist in the VAMC/DC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The technical specialist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results in the core laboratory. The incumbent serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge. Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures in the core laboratory, blood bank laboratory and limited microbiology testing. Generates and analyzes data, recognizes deviation from expected results, detects and corrects problems using scientific principles. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Detects deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. Maintains inventory of supplies and reagents for tests, requesting purchases appropriately and within the budget of the section. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. Coordinates the laboratory competency program. Coordinates the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) laboratory proficiency/survey program. Responsible for knowledge of regulatory agency requirements necessary to assure that work meets standards to the extent necessary to maintain accreditation from AABB, CAP, FDA, OSHA, TJC, FDA, and OSHA by following printed guidelines. Analyzes emerging trends and technology. Recommends the use of new equipment and methodologies as appropriate. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. 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. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 12:00 am until 8:00 am or as needed. 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.