The incumbent serves as an Advanced Staff Technologist within the Chemistry department of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, performing key duties in the clinical laboratory. This individual serves as the Urinalysis Specialist and CAP Team Leader, acting as the key operator for all urinalysis testing and leading the proficiency testing program for the Chemistry department. 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: (1) 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, (2) 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, (3) 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 education: See information located in education section of announcement. Certification: Candidates must have either (1) or (2): (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 (GS-9), 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). Grandfathering Provision: All MTs employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Additional details outlined below. English Language Proficiency: MTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, VA Handbook 5005. To qualify for the GS-10 grade level, you must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of experience include, but is not limited, to the following: carrying out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory such as performing routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting; developing, performing, evaluating, interpreting, correlating and validating the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met; performing tests on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace, etc. In addition to the experience, you must demonstrate the following KSAs: Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques. Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems. Knowledge of the application of laboratory regulatory requirements. Ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training Preferred Experience: N/A References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II, Appendix G24 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at the GS-10 level. Physical Requirements: Requires intermittent moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; intermittent but possibly prolonged stooping and kneeling; ability to read and comprehend ordinary type and computer screens; ability to hear (aid permitted) and work in an environment with constant noise; working closely with others; high cognitive function required to work in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities without loss of accuracy; emotional stability required to maintain self control in difficult and stressful situations. ["Assists in leading a unit or team of Medical Technologists performing work at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. Utilizes comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing sound independent work. Able to interpret and apply complex written instructions Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, ensuring that the physiology state of the specimen properties is maintained according to established protocol for testing. Assists in summary review, incident reporting, and variance reporting to the appropriate designated officials. Distributes Chemistry CAP survey materials and results forms to ensure all shifts participate in meeting CAP participation. Participates in inspecting other clinical laboratories when required by Supervisor. Assists the Chemistry Section Supervisor in preparation for inspections by ensuring the Urinalysis section meets regulatory requirements and participates with accreditation agencies inspections on-sight and with other clinical laboratories as required. Reviews and investigates Delta Checks, flags, alerts, etc. and performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the provider and reports them directly and follows the proper Medical Center policies in record keeping of patient results. Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system. Performs routine and STAT laboratory tests within the established time limits. Telephones Critical and other unusual test results to Clinician or provider with appropriate documentation. Uses technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results. Answer inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factor, which influence test results. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions by evaluating the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results. Performs initial testing on all reagents received in Chemistry, Urinalysis, Blood Gases before reagents are put into use this includes lot to lot testing, parallel testing that is reviewed and approved before use. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunctions. Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, validations, verification, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Performs and documents per regulatory agencies quality control on reagents and products, and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Provides guidance to daily operations and technical direction necessary for monitoring adherence to documented protocols and ensuring continuous workflow and quality within the unit. Responsible for higher-level tasks in the investigation of equipment issues and failure after routine troubleshooting has occurred on electrophoresis instrument and equipment. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 0900 to1730 with rotating weekends and holidays working 0730-1600 Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified candidate Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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