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Job Title: Medical Technologist (Generalist)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 01/19/2018
Expire Date: 03/20/2018
Job Categories: Banking, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Financial Services, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Science, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Medical Technologist (Generalist)

The Indianapolis VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Medical Technologist (Generalist). An MT/CLS 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 and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines such as urinalysis, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking) limited to normal results per procedure, bacteriology limited only to accessioning and processing significant specimens, plating wound cultures, sterile fluid cultures and processing blood cultures & rarely performing STAT microbiology testing . Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Provides occasional education for newly hired medical technologists and other healthcare professionals, and others in the medical center setting including the public.

The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, and Microbiology. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas as assigned. He/She also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist - Generalist includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained.
  • Utilizes comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.
  • Utilizes knowledge of laboratory equipment and has the ability to troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.
  • Utilizes independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
  • Interprets and applies complex written instructions.
  • Communicates, consults, and interacts with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. Including telephoning critical/toxic and other unusual test results to clinician or provider with appropriate documentation.
  • Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections.
  • Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports.
  • Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts and maintains instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs.
  • Evaluates 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 additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results excluding microbiology, blood bank per individual procedure. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly.
  • 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.
  • Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.
  • Performs analysis following safety and infectious disease policies.
  • Individual must keep up with the assigned Medical Center educational hours for the fiscal year.
  • Performs routine and STAT laboratory tests within the established time limits.
  • Telephones Critical/Toxic and other unusual test results to Clinician or provider with appropriate documentation.
  • Performs analysis following the safety and infectious disease control policies.

Work Schedule: 12:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with rotating weekends and holidaysBasic Requirements:

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry(ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association ofClinical Chemists (AACC ) or American MedicalTechnologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). Please note: you must provide a copy of your certification with your application packet in order to be considered for this position.

Grade Determinations:

Option 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.). (Transcripts required)
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. (Transcripts Required)

OR

Option 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, (transcripts required)
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. (Copy of Certificate required)

OR

Option 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, (Transcripts required)
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.

GS-9 Grade Level (Full Performance): In addition to basic qualifications, incumbent must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.
OR
Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. (Transcripts Required)

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G24

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Medical Technologist Functional Requirements: Light Lifting (under 15 pounds); Light Carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; waliking (up to 8 hours); standing (up to 8 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger I to 4; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of color

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Certification
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry(ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association ofClinical Chemists (AACC ) or American MedicalTechnologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). Please note: you must provide a copy of your certification with your application packet in order to be considered for this position.

Grade Determinations:

Option 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.). (Transcripts required)
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. (Transcripts Required)

OR

Option 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, (transcripts required)
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. (Copy of Certificate required)

OR

Option 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, (Transcripts required)
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.

GS-9 Grade Level (Full Performance): In addition to basic qualifications, incumbent must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.
OR
Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field. (Transcripts Required)

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G24

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.
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