The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Medical Technologist (Advanced Staff Specialist-Microbiology). The Medical Technologist will function in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. Current Veterans Administration employees please apply to Vacancy Announcement CBSR-11166607-21-AC The Advanced Staff Specialist is responsible for all aspects of operation of Microbiology testing including preparation and maintenance of records and reports, analysis of testing methodologies, training, instrumentation, and compliance. Assignments may also include laboratory test development or modification, method validation/performance evaluation, quality assurance activities, and/or providing consultation services to health care providers. A MT/MLS at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens using manual or automated techniques and require broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting, including the public. The Advanced Staff Specialist will also perform routine bench level work within the Microbiology section of the laboratory. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs testing procedures on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual and automated techniques. Duties require competency in all areas of Microbiology. Develops validation/verification studies for new instrumentation and/or equipment including standard operating procedures, training documents, IQCP, job aids, etc. Develops and/or maintains the quality control program in Microbiology. Performs necessary instrument correlations when applicable. Testing duties in all disciplines require the technologist to perform, evaluate, interpret, correlate and validate the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. In all areas, technologist prepares reagents, assembles equipment and verifies correct instrument operation. Technologist is responsible for recognition of all critical value results and for the effective and immediate communication of those results to the patient's provider following all required steps and documentation. Incumbent is able to correctly correlate a sample to a request and rapidly assess sample acceptability prior to processing and can determine what factors may create misleading results if not resolved prior to set-up. When there are problems the incumbent is able to quickly communicate these concerns to the ordering provider so that only acceptable samples are processed. Incumbent correctly screens all sample types appropriate to the scope of practice for the section and based on an up-to-date body of knowledge regarding clinically significant and potentially significant microorganisms: how to recognize, select & isolate them and what tests are required to identify them. Performance of the identification testing requires incumbent to accurately evaluate and interpret patient results based on acceptable functioning of all test processes and to know when there are malfunctions in any of the control, material, procedural and equipment systems used. When there are malfunctions of any system the incumbent readily is aware of this, is knowledgeable on a wide range of possible solutions and acts quickly to resolve malfunctions. During identification testing the incumbent is fully knowledgeable regarding appearance of "Bio-Level III", (highly infective,) agents and what special and critical steps are required to ensure containment, safety and notification of management. When a provider contacts the microbiology section with questions or concerns as to the meaning of a report or with general microbiology related questions, the incumbent is able assist in interpretation of reports, provide academic information or to direct provider to appropriate infectious disease consult or other specialty resource. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with rotating weekends and holidays. Financial Discloser Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be available for highly qualified individual 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
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