Lead Medical Technologist - Blood Bank/Tissue Bank/ Coagulation
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Internal Number: 677496800
The position is that of Lead Medical Technologist for the Blood Bank/Tissue/Coagulation Sections within Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center. As Lead Technologist, the incumbent facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management. 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. English Language Proficiency. Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education: 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. This finding may be based on either of the following: - A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification. Certification. Candidates must have either: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. 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). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e.g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry). 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: 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, 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. Lead Medical Technologist. Facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management. Responsible for all aspects of operation in their area of specialty including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation and compliance. Acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for the appropriate laboratory specialty. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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: Specialist certification, such as MT(ASCP)SBB or MLS(ASCP)SBB. Five (5) or more years Blood Bank, Tissue Bank, transfusion medicine and/or other leadership experience in a medium/large medical center. References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds, Both hands required, Walking 2 hours, Standing 2 hours, repeated bending 2 hours, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, specific visual requirement (good), ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, fumes, smoke or gases, electrical energy, working around machinery with moving parts, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work, working around chemicals, infectious materials. ["The Lead Technologist acts as a liaison to other departments of the medical center for Blood Bank/Tissue Bank/Coagulation.Implements and coordinates a quality assurance program for the Blood Bank. Assures compliance with quality controls and proficiency testing programs, as well as with the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Joint Commission, FDA and VHA regulatory requirements. Assist with documentation of adequate training and competency of personnel who work in the Blood Bank Section on any shift. Ensure that proper maintenance and operation of the Blood Bank equipment is performed and documented according to established policies and procedures. Interprets and solves very complex crossmatch and antibody problems. Provide technical assistance on complex problems for other technologists. Implements and coordinates a quality assurance program for the Tissue Bank Section. Verify the Tissue Supplier is on the approved Tissue Bank Supplier Log (current FDA license). Manage tissue inventory for the Operating Room to include receiving assigning and releasing tissues. Assure that adequate equipment and reagents are maintained for daily testing in Coagulation to ensure appropriate patient care is provided at all times. Assist with the development and updating of Coagulation procedures to make sure they are current and ensure testing personnel are aware of new or changed procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with rotating weekends and holidays (subject to change based on agency needs).\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: PD018660\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.