Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1963058

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

If you are a current Department of Veterans Affairs employee, do NOT apply to this announcement. Instead, please apply to the same vacancy that has been announced here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/448384600

NOTICE: Current VA Nationwide employees should apply under announcement #NP-17-CRM-1963055-BU in order to receive consideration as an Internal candidate.  Applications received under this announcement will be considered as External candidates.

THIS POSITION MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM.

Duties

Preferred Candidates Will Have: At least one year of experience in a hospital clinical laboratory as a medical technologist.   

The incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) at the Fresno VA Central California Healthcare System, CA. The Medical Technologist performs routine and STAT testing on blood, urine and other body fluids. Technical disciplines include: transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry, toxicology, immunology, hematology, urinalysis and microbiology. The laboratory provides diagnostic services in support of inpatient, outpatient and emergency room care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Assigned duties include but are not limited to: 

a.     Collects, transports,  processes, and evaluates specimen suitability for testing. This function includes receiving, delivering, and storing specimens for all lab sections.

b.     Performs manual compatibility testing and issues blood components in the transfusion medicine section; performs clinical chemistry and toxicology testing on automated and semi- automated instruments; performs immunology testing on automated instruments; performs serology testing using manual methods; performs blood cell counting on automated hematology instruments; performs manual microscopic exams of blood cells; performs cell counting and microscopic exams of body fluid specimens using automated manual methods; performs urinalysis using automated and manual methods; performs culture inoculation and staining of specimens including urine, sputum, feces, abscess material, and body fluid specimens; examines bacterial growth for evaluation and identification of microorganisms.

c.     Stores and prepares reagents, standards, and calibrators. Maintains, calibrates, cleans, and effects repairs of laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Documents those functions and informs supervisory staff of any problems encountered.

d.      Maintains, calibrates, cleans, and effects repairs of laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Documents those functions and informs supervisory staff of any problems encountered.

e.     Prepares, tests, records, and interprets quality control materials. Takes corrective action for out­ of-control results, and immediately notifies supervisory staff of any problems encountered.

f.       Tests, verifies, and reports patient test results in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and responds to indications of malfunctions in testing and reporting. Immediately evaluates current test results to available prior test results for acceptability. Reports critical results in accordance with established protocols.

g.     Safely operates equipment, maintains a safe and clean work area, properly handles and disposes of biohazardous materials in accordance with established protocols. Complies with all safety rules, uses personal protective equipment per guidelines, and completes all assigned safety training sessions.

h.   Utilizes computer systems as needed to perform duties assigned. Complies with all rules to ensure data security and confidentiality of patient records.

  • Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 6:00a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; with rotating weekends and holidays 3:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. OR Monday through Friday, 3:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; with rotating weekends and holidays 3:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. 
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-exempt (Covered)
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
  • Position Title / Position Number: Medical Technologist / #02396A

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No