The position is located in the Core Laboratory of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The Medical Technologist is responsible for performing a wide range of emergency, routine, complex, and specialized test procedures in Clinical Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Immunochemistry, Blood Bank and Urinalysis with minimal on-site supervision. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a tertiary healthcare system that provides acute, intermediate, and long term care 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week and on public holidays. The Medical Technologist is required to work regular and irregular hours of duty on a regular recurrent basis. The work requires up to 20 hours per week and includes rotating weekends and holidays. The position may include permanent or rotating assignment to the evening or night shifts. The position may require working evening or night shift to provide emergency coverage of the laboratory. The incumbent will be required to rotate between the University Drive , Highland Drive and Heinz laboratories as needed. A. The Medical Technologist performs technical procedures that include but are not limited to: automated chemistry panels, immunochemistry, complete blood counts, coagulation tests, urinalysis, body fluid analysis, peripheral smear evaluation, chromatography, toxicology, enzyme immunoassay, point-of-care testing and special studies. B. The Medical Technologist evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if necessary. He/She will advise laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens. The Medical Technologist prepares specimens for analysis and/or dispatch insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. He/She follows the guidelines outlined in the Laboratory Information Manual and appropriate procedure manuals for specimen handling. C. The Medical Technologist prepares reagents and primary reference materials; selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of routine and complex procedures using manual and/or micro-processor controlled instruments in accordance with established laboratory medicine protocols; recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunctions; locates and implements troubleshooting and corrective actions; obtains analytical data such as photometric end-points, rate reaction or digital readouts and converts them to appropriate prescribed units for reporting; reviews and correlates data to verify validity and accuracy of results; verifies laboratory reports identifying sample results and determinable factors; and reports results to appropriate individuals in a manner suitable to the nature of the request. D. The Medical Technologist calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, performs routine preventative maintenance and documents service on the instruments. He/She verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (mechanical, optical, photometric, and electrometric). The Medical Technologist identifies the cause of common problems and makes minor and sometimes complex instrument repairs. The instruments may include automated analyzers, centrifuges, spectrophotometer, and microscopes. E. The Medical Technologist performs daily quality control to assure that the reagents, equipment, and temperatures are within the recommended guidelines. He/She identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the quality control problem. The Medical Technologist documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with accrediting agencies such as CAP, JCAHO, and CLIA. F. The Medical Technologist screens test results to detect discrepancies, artifacts, and pathologic change that may warrant additional testing. He/She performs repeat or additional testing to clarify or confirm abnormal results as necessary. The Medical Technologist correlates patient test results with other laboratory and/or patient data to ensure the accuracy of the result using established quality management procedures. Following established protocol, he/she communicates critical and certain abnormal test results to the clinician. G. The Medical Technologist participates in the evaluation of new instrumentation, reagents, and methodologies that may be incorporated to the test menu. He/She evaluates new tests/methodologies with respect to precision, accuracy, and linearity. He/She conducts studies to establish reference values, expected results, and verifies reportable ranges. The Medical Technologist keeps current with the latest developments in the field through journals, publications, professional meetings, training, etc. G. The Medical Technologist assists in the training of Medical Technologist and Medical Technicians on the theoretical and practical aspects of test performance. This includes, but is not limited to, procedures, instrument function, quality control, expected results, quality management, and reporting of test results. Work Schedule: Permanent or rotating assignment to the evening or night shift Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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