This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more An MT/CLS at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology, and urinalysis. This medical technologist rotates on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas and works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as required. Serves as independent medical technologist for the evening and night shifts in the Clinical Laboratory of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in a university affiliated Medical Center. The duties and responsibilities include, but is not limited to the following: - Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. - Participates in the performance of quality assurance programs, such as College of American Pathologist or other regulatory agencies in order to maintain accreditation, corrects deficiencies promptly and modifies instruments and methods to conform and keep laboratory standards at a high level. - Prepares reagents, assembles equipment, identifies all operational problems and troubleshoots accordingly, performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance, performs and calculates results for a variety of complex tests such as sterile fluid exams, buffy coat smears, Gram Stains, special tests for hemolytic anemia, special coagulation studies for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) work-ups and body fluid differentials. - Performs a broad range of complex blood banking duties including obtaining blood and other components from outside sources for transfusion; screens patient blood samples for irregular antibodies to determine if rare or unusual antibodies are present; types and crossmatches patient/donor for transfusion; prepares platelet and type specific plasma for infusion; solves complex antibody problems; investigates transfusion reactions and completes all computer data entry. - Performs ABO and RH typing of specimens, resolving discrepancies between forward and reverse typing. - Performs antibody screening; identifies any antibody detected in the screen by testing patient serum against an appropriate panel of red cells - Thaws fresh frozen plasma; prepares other components when ordered. - Investigates autoimmune hemolytic disease by performing a direct coombs test, using IgG, C3 poly specific reagents. When coombs test is positive, the sample is further evaluated to determine if the antibody coating the red cells is an auto- or allo-antibody. - Selects appropriate donor blood to be transfused; performs cross matching between the patient's serum and the donor's red blood cells; resolves any compatibility problems before transfusion and performs transfusion reaction investigations. - Inspects donor units prior to issue. - Monitors and evaluates all requests for blood and blood products to ensure that request meets VA blood usage criteria as established by the VA Transfusion Committee. - Orders blood and blood products from Community Blood Center; returns blood products when appropriated to improve community-wide blood utilization. - Performs accurate inventory of all blood products and orders blood to keep maximum inventory. Completes all blood disposition records. Identifies problems and takes appropriate actions to correct. - Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. - Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Selects control sample or calibrators appropriate to conduct quality control procedures on all equipment, reagents, and products. Suggests new or revised methods of collecting and evaluating quality control data. Solves testing problems and helps develop new solutions to improve the efficiency and quality of the laboratory. Records all maintenance, troubleshooting, and quality control data for improvement of the process. Performs proficiency testing as assigned. Work Schedule: Night Shift with Rotating weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist (Irregular Tour)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Casey.firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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