This is an internal, temporary promotional opportunity that will not exceed seven months. The Lead Medical Technician serves as a phlebotomist in the clinical laboratory, bone marrow assistant for the clinician and specimen receiving and processing technician. The incumbent is to report to the Supervisory Medical Technologist. The other role of the Lead Technician is to oversee the training of all medical technicians in bone marrow assistant procedures performed for the Hematology laboratory. The primary location for this position will be at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Occasional travel may be required to the Canton CBOC. In this capacity the incumbent is responsible for assisting during bone marrow procedures and performing ancillary diagnostic testing on automated machinery when located in the blood drawing area. The specific duties of the Lead Medical Technician include but are not limited to the following: Phlebotomy, Specimen Receiving and Processing: Perform venipuncture procedures and blood culture collection utilizing sterile field techniques during ward rounds at specified times. Venipuncture procedures performed on the wards involve drawing blood from a patient in various states, such as the comatose, disabled, sedated, patients in traction, who may have possible other complicating conditions. Difficult draws and use of specialized collection techniques are a common occurrence. Maintain supplies for blood culture collection, on blood drawing trays and in blood drawing area, and on bone marrow carts. This includes the pickup of new sterile material from SPD and the return of used material to SPD for proper sterilization and repackaging. Ability to identify adverse reactions to venipuncture procedures. Possible adverse reactions include, but are not limited to the following: dizziness, nausea and hematomas. Aware of proper procedures to be followed in case of incidents of fainting and convulsions and blood drawing related inquires. Assures proper handling and fixation of bone marrow specimens, preparation of slides and coverslips using a pull slide technique. Explains procedures to patients and answers questions pertaining to procedure. Use of a sphygmomanometer. Informs patients of potential risks involved in certain procedures. Ensures test results are transmitted to appropriate physician or clinic. Responsible for accessioning specimens received for clinical laboratory analysis. Criteria for acceptability must be met, or actions taken to correct the unacceptability of the specimen. This requires knowledge of CAP, JCAHO and other regulatory agencies' criteria on specimen acceptability. Checks supplies on a weekly basis. Maintains stock and orders supplies from the reference laboratories to maintain patient testing. Team Lead Duties: Chemistry automation sample loading for standardize testing Maintains quality control data on machinery Performs CLIA Waived Testing as assigned by the pathologist and supervisor. Testing include and not limited to histopathology sample cutting, cytology slides preparation, urinalysis macroscopic testing, microbiology samples set up, serology testing, fecal occult blood testing, urine pregnancy testing and others. Facilitates the efficient delivery of laboratory specimens, services and information by coaching, solving work problems and organizing the section to accomplish their work. The incumbent answers technical phlebotomy questions, forwards inquiries to the appropriate department and manages supplies and inventory. Trains health technicians, nurses and other employees in phlebotomy techniques, equipment use, test requirements, etc. Intercedes with the supervisor on behalf of the team to inform the supervisor of performance management issues / problems and to recommend / request related actions, such as assignments, reassignments, promotions, tour of duty changes, peer reviews and performance appraisals. Resolves simple, informal complaints of health technicians and refers others to the supervisor. May participate in job interviews and selection of applicants for vacant positions. The incumbent assigns other medical technicians to achieve optimum patient care, taking into consideration abilities of staff members. Prepares time schedules and verifies attendance of employees. Responsible for distributing, balancing and overseeing the workload among health technicians in the accessioning/ processing/ phlebotomy section in accordance with established guidelines and reports to the supervisor. Maintains Laboratory Records: Maintains and controls laboratory records. Incumbent is responsible for presenting the data to the supervisor in a logical and systematic fashion. As such, the technician is responsible for some data analysis including arithmetic calculations, algebra, graphing of data using interactive computer programs and preliminary statistical evaluations. Develops and maintains detailed records of protocols and are neatly kept and catalogued in appropriate format. Data are often graphed or displayed in tables to highlight results. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-8:00PM -May be required to work weekends -May be required to work evenings Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Lead Medical Technician (Temporary)/PD92004A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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