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 This position is located in the James J. Peters VA Medical Center and functions as a generalist medical technologist in the Clinical Laboratory of Pathology and Laboratory (P&LM) Services. Assigned duties include, but not limited to: Perform routine and specialized/complex work in Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, and minimal selective tests in the Blood Bank, Microbiology and Serology. Cross-trains in all Clinical Laboratory areas as assigned and works according to area's policies and procedures. Works independently with minimal supervision on any assigned tour of duty. Performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of clinical laboratory procedures and results and assures notification of critical values. Performs accurate and appropriate testing of specimens/blood, serum, plasma and body fluids received in the clinical laboratory. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Accurately analyzes and evaluates QC results obtained before accepting and reporting patient test results. Records results obtained for quality control testing as defined in test procedure. Appropriately notifies supervisor/team leader of discrepant qualify control results. Monitors quality control daily. Maintains reagents, inventory and documents the optimal functioning of lab equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventive maintenance of lab equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Troubleshoots instruments, equipment, reagents, controls and patient specimens when problem occur. Evaluates specimens for acceptability for proper testing. Investigates and documents problems with unacceptable specimens. Accessions/bar codes specimens/blood, serum, plasma and body fluids using established procedures and guidelines. Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the lab. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. Verifies accuracy and completeness of results before reporting results electronically. Reports results within time limits established for test procedures. Disinfects and clean work benches/areas. Properly disposes of contaminated and hazardous waste materials. Completes annual mandatory training required by the VAMC. Assists in training of new laboratory employees. Maintains professional proficiency and certification. Will access and respond to e-mail messages in a timely manner. Other duties, as assigned. Work Schedule: Various tours available, may work rotating weekends and holidays (day/evening tours). Financial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTE: Applicants may be eligible for a Recruitment Incentive, pending approval.
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