Supervisory Medical Technologist-Hematology/Transfusion Medicine/Coagulation
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Internal Number: 684897700
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. 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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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. This finding may be based on either of the following: (1) 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. (2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Preferred Experience: Blood Bank and/or Hematology supervisory experience. At least 3 years experience as a medical technologist. Grade Determinations: Supervisory Technologist, GS-12 Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of creditable experience include but not limited to: advanced knowledge of specialized and complex subject matter, collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management, all aspects of operation including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation (to include maintaining and troubleshooting), and compliance. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of Federal and state laws and regulations, laboratory accrediting and regulatory requirements in order to develop new policies and guidelines, formulate plans and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation. b. Knowledge of laboratory quality management procedures and principles sufficient to establish and monitor a laboratory quality management program and/or education and training of laboratory staff. c. Knowledge of, and ability to, provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff; recommendation of awards, advancements, and disciplinary actions. d. Ability to analyze organizational, technical and administrative problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient overall laboratory operation. e. Skill in interpersonal relations and conflict resolution to deal with employees, team leaders and managers. f. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs and administer the allocated budget. g. Ability to set short and/or long term goals for the section and conduct studies on technical and administrative problems, including personnel shortages, organizational structure, new technology, etc. References: VA Handbook 5005/72, Part II Appendix G24, Medical Technologist Qualification Standard dated May 12, 2014. The level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds) and light carrying (under 15 pounds), use of both hands and fingers, standing for 2-3 hours, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, mentally and emotionally stable, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, depth perception and ability to work with solvents. Frequent keyboarding and computer work required. Work Conditions may include but not limited to: The work involves regular recurring risk of discomforts associated with working in a clinical laboratory, e.g., working with infectious substances and irritant reagents. The technologist must use personal protective clothing and gear such as gloves and lab coats. ["Current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under: CBST-11690629-23-DB The duties of the Supervisory Medical Technologist for Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, and Coagulation Services of in P&LMS include but are not limited to: Takes responsibility for the day-to-day supervision of Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, and Coagulation Sections, prepares work schedules, and assigns duties to subordinates to assure efficient and timely performance of all tests and procedures. Implements the performance of accreditation body survey unknown specimens by technicians/technologists in the Section and prepares the appropriate work sheets. Documents corrective action taken on out-of-range CAP survey results. Assures that all employees under his/her supervision are aware of and abide by the appropriate hospital and laboratory safety regulations. Takes responsibility for the quality control program for the Sections, assures that appropriate records are maintained, and investigates complaints from the hospital staff concerning questionable results. Assures that all standards of accreditation body are practiced at all times in the Sections, and that the Sections will qualify for accreditation by P&LMS accreditation body. Works as a technologist as needed and accomplishes duties specifically assigned to the technologists in the Sections supervised. Performs as needed all manual and automated tests in Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, and Coagulation Sections as outlined in the procedure manuals and the automated tests accomplished on the respective pieces of laboratory testing equipment located in each Section. Calibrates, standardizes, and adjusts the above instruments; verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks; and identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs. Responsible for the generation of the laboratory results from his/her area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures; correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications), to verify results; performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results; and recognizes abnormal results which require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Responsible for maintaining the laboratory work area in a clean and safe environment appropriate for the Sections in which he/she is working. Serves as mentor and trainer for new staff members and students from affiliated training programs on areas of expertise. Ensures activities associated with process improvement, customer service, data driven decision making, or team driven change are accomplished. The incumbent ensures that current mandatory hours of continuing education, training modules and additional education hours required by facility are complete. Serves as the subject matter expert on Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, and Coagulation Sections with P&LMS for the facility. Obtains certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and maintains current certification by established standards. Knowledgeable and participates in specimen procurement for all specimen types within their section. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM, rotating weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected], the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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