The Phoenix VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) Cytotechnologist, in its Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (PALMS), at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center. Cytotechnologists are certified laboratory professionals performing highly complex laboratory diagnostic testing on human specimens for diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease in the specialty of cytopathology. Cytotechnologists' duties include cell block preparation, and monolayer filtration processing. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Certification: Candidates must currently possess the Cytotechnologist (CT) (ASCP) or Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT) (ASCP) certification given by the ASCP Board of Certification. [A COPY OF CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION]. Education. Cytotechnologists must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and successfully completed a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited cytotechnology program. [TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED. COMPLETION DATE SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S) and/or certification. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) OK.] English Language. Cytotechnologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. See 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must meet the following grade requirements. [Please make sure that your experience is evident in your resume. Please make sure your resume contains hours worked per week, and beginning and ending month and year, for each work experience entry, or else your resume will be considered incomplete, and you will be considered "ineligible" for the position.] Specialized Experience GS-11. Please select the appropriate answer to each of the following questions based on your background and experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the assignments of the position. The candidate must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the journey level (GS-9) that is directly related to the position to be filled. The cytotechnologist performs a full range of specialized tasks, including collecting, compiling, and analyzing data according to the laboratory quality management program. The cytotechnologist uses these laboratory data to implement any needed quality improvement initiatives. The incumbent will research, test, validate, and implement new procedures and equipment. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs): a) Ability to independently determine specimen adequacy using complex specialized testing methods or techniques during Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endobronchial Ultrasound, and other Fine Needle Aspiration procedures. b) Knowledge of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes to establish and monitor the overall laboratory quality management and quality control program, and initiate corrective action as needed. c) Skill in collecting, compiling, and analyzing data for quality assurance, statistics, trends and reports, and implementing quality improvement initiatives. d) Skill in researching, testing, validating, and implementing new procedures and equipment. Assignment. For all assignments above the journey level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At the advanced level, the cytotechnologist independently performs and monitors processes such as smear preparation, slide fixation, cell block preparation, monolayer filtration processing, and staining. If a discrepancy is identified with these processes, the cytotechnologist will troubleshoot and take corrective action. The cytotechnologist may act as a technical resource in writing and establishing new processes or procedures. The cytotechnologist performs a full range of specialized tasks, including collecting, compiling, and analyzing data according to the laboratory quality management program. The cytotechnologist uses these laboratory data to implement any needed quality improvement initiatives. The incumbent will research, test, validate, and implement new procedures and equipment. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G61 - Cytotechnologist. Physical Requirements: Able to perform moderate lifting up to 45 lbs. Straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands (grasping). Walking, frequent standing (i.e. up to 4 hours). Kneeling repeated bending and use of both arms and legs and repetitive motion. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes and depth perception. Ability to distinguish colors anti shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted). Clear high cognitive function. Ability to read ordinary type without strain. ["Cytotechnologists are certified laboratory professionals who perform highly complex laboratory diagnostic testing on human specimens for diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease in the laboratory specialty of cytopathology. Cytotechnologists are responsible for reporting the microscopic interpretation of normal pap smear tests used to detect cervical cancer; providing preliminary interpretation of specimens from other body sites; and collaborating with pathologists to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions, and malignant diseases. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Determines specimen adequacy using complex specialized testing methods or techniques during Endoscopic Ultrasound, Endobronchial Ultrasound, and other Fine Needle Aspiration procedures. Prioritizes workflow and specimen triage. Monitors the laboratory quality management and quality control program. Evaluates cytology preparations by light microscopy for the presence or absence of cellular patterns, presence of micro-organisms, inflammatory reactions, endocrinopathies, benign changes, pre-malignant changes, neoplasia, and cellular responses to therapeutic agents. Prepares all specimens for cyto-diagnostic and immunochemistry testing, as well as filtration methods, preparation, fixation, and staining of slides. Instructs others on the proper collection methods and transportation of specimens. Determines acceptability of patient samples for processing. Verifies the final diagnosis for gynecologic specimens interpreted to be negative. Implements new procedures and equipment. Reports the microscopic interpretation of normal pap smear tests used to detect cervical cancer. Collaborates with pathologists to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions, and malignant diseases. Performs Endoscopic Ultrasounds, Endobronchial Ultrasounds, and other Fine Needle Aspiration procedures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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