The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for Medical Technologists Generalists (Off-Shift), Chemistry Specialty and Microbiology Specialty. The Medical Technologists will function in PALMS Service. 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 Chemistry: Determine the presence and quantity of chemical substances in the blood, urine, and other body fluids to diagnose a variety of illnesses - including diabetes, kidney, and liver disorders. This discipline is automated and specialized to include immunology and urinalysis. Microbiology: discipline that evaluates a variety of biological specimens to determine the presence or absence of clinically significant pathogens and the resulting antibiotics used for patient therapy. Generalist: technologist who will be responsible for the disciplines of chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and transfusion medicine. Some duties include, but are not limited to; Pre-analytical evaluation of samples Determine the suitability of samples for the appropriate test. Check sample integrity and suitability. Determine if the sample is QNS, and determine whether the sample meets the time, temperature, or other requirements for testing. Check for proper labeling requirements on the original sample and on sample aliquots or dilutions made from the original sample. Distribute samples to the appropriate area for testing. Follow proper procedures for preparing samples, where appropriate, that are sent for outside testing. Testing Maintain an adequate supply inventory necessary for performance of duties in their assigned unit to prevent unjustified emergency requests and needless waste of materials. Promptly notify the supervisor/senior technologist before the level of reagents, controls, calibrators, and supplies reach predetermined levels of depletion. Ensure that all reagents are stored properly. Ensure that proper reagents are used for the appropriate testing and will properly label all reagents, controls, and calibrators. Maintain, operate, troubleshoot, and repair analytical instruments used for testing, including basic interface issues. Know calibrations and standards, the Analytical Measured Range (AMR), and the Clinically Reportable Range (CRR). Perform testing using standard operating procedures and complete the testing within an established time frame. Keep the supervisor/senior technologist informed of any discrepancies or problems noted and any corrective action taken. Follow proper procedures for performing manual testing and QC. Responsible for maintaining all Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service QA and QC documentation. Interpret results before they are reported and correlate them with the patient's condition. Evaluate results for compliance and acceptability within established ranges. Recognize abnormal and critical results. Report all critical results in a timely manner to the appropriate provider and provide proper documentation. Document and report all deviations to the supervisor/senior technologist. Other Duties Compliant with all accreditation agencies in their department (CAP, FDA, AABB, JC, and IG). Complete CAP Surveys and be familiar with CAP checklists. Keep current in all mandatory education requirements. Successfully complete yearly competencies and all relevant continuing education requirements. Review all laboratory procedures and policies that pertain to their work. Participate in committees and assist in gathering information for committees. Be involved in laboratory process improvement projects. Properly train MLT students and new employees following established procedures and policies. Will be required to act as a certified drug screen collector. At times, may serve as the lead technologist on weekends or holidays if a senior technologist is not on duty. The technologist will perform all other related duties as assigned. Phlebotomy As needed, will perform phlebotomy. May perform difficult and complex sample collection for a full range of tests, where some aspects are not covered in detail in instructions or guidelines. Work Schedule: Part time and full time vacancies. Various shifts available including tours between the hours of 6:00am and 5:00pm, 4:00pm-12:00am and 12:00am-8:00am. Tours will be discussed during the interview process. All generalists will function on the off-shifts, either second or third shift. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist/PD91510-A and PD09000A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Pamela Pendleton at Pamela.Pendleton@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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