The Lead Medical Technologist (MT) will work primarily within the Blood Bank section of the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service for the North Florida/South Georgia VA Medical System located in Gainesville, Florida. The Lead MT facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with other team members to ensure the tasks, priorities, goals, and needs of the Blood Bank are met under the direction of the Blood Bank supervisor and day shift Lead Technologist. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience Combination: A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree. OR, A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. OR A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND Five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. (2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). (3) Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with paragraph 2d(1) above English Language Proficiency. MT's must be proficient in spoken and written English. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met for each grade level: GS-11 (a) Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-9), which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR (b) Education. Must have 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in medical technology or a directly related field. (c) Knowledge, Skills and Abilitites In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of medical technology applicable to a wide range of duties to solve complex problems involving diverse aspects of clinical laboratory practice. Knowledge of regulatory, licensing and accrediting agency requirements and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations in order to plan, implement or monitor laboratory programs and services. Ability to manage and coordinate daily work activities and assignments in a section. Skill to maintain, troubleshoot and repair laboratory instrumentation. Ability to provide technical oversight in order to manage personnel and work assignments in a manner that assures completion of the laboratory workload. Preferred Experience: 3 years of blood banking experience. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standards dated 5/12/2014. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting and carrying (15-44lbs), standing, and distance vision with the ability to distinquish basic colors and to have hearing (aid permitted). ["The incumbent serves as the Blood Bank Lead Medical Technoloigist (MT) on evening shift in Immunohematology at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center and serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation to the bench-level technologist for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge in Blood Banking/Immunohematology. Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of the specialized testing including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. Advises on alternate testing to overcome ambiguities in the clinical diagnoses. Analyzes emerging trends and technology and adopts appropriate methods and testing. Applies policies, precedents, regulatory, licensing, and accrediting requirements to establish, monitor and maintain the specialized testing. The Lead MT often works independently and is given freedom of action under the general guidance of the Blood Bank Supervisory Medical Technologists and the Director of Blood Bank. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Performs all duties of Blood Bank bench technologists to extend laboratory coverage and maintain comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the Blood Bank with the skill to provide advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists. In the absence of the Supervisory Medical Technologist, interprets highly complex crossmatch and antibody problems; provides technical assistance on complex problems for the technologists on all tours of duty; prepares documents for the purchase of supplies, maintains proper inventory levels; maintains an adequate inventory of blood products so that shortages do not occur during emergency situations. Consults with and advises bench technologists with unusual problems, questions, and troubleshooting, reviews testing documentation for errors, technical soundness, and compliance with established procedures. Documents and maintains permanent records of patient transfusions, receipt, and final disposition of all blood and blood components; assists the Supervisory Medical Technologist, as needed, by preparing written monthly reports for the Transfusion Committee. Assists the Supervisory Medical Technologist in ensuring activities associated with process improvement, customer service, data driven decision making, or team driven change are accomplished. Reviews accreditation and regulatory guidelines to assist the Supervisory Medical Technologist in maintaining up to-date compliance. Completes required in-services including, but not limited to, training in Joint Commission Compliance, OSHA Safety Compliance, Patient Confidentiality Requirements, and Computer Security. Actively strives to improve and extend level of expertise via documented continuing medical education, including related scientific meetings, coursework, and clinical surveys; reviews related literature to remain current on consensus of experts and standard practices in the field. Aids the Supervisory Medical Technologist in maintenance of procedure manuals, compliance with accreditation and regulatory guidelines (inspection preparedness), and quality assurance/ quality improvement. Performs or analyzes validation studies, provides in-service to bench technologists, and writes operating procedures prior to implementation as directed by the Supervisory Medical Technologists Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., rotating weekends and holidays as needed Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 50282F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.
AABB (Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies) is an international, not-for-profit organization representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and biotherapies. The Association works collaboratively
to advance the field through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and education programs. AABB is dedicated to its mission of improving lives by making transfusion medicine and biotherapies safe, available and effective worldwide.