The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC is recruiting for 1 Medical Laboratory Technician in the Pathology and Laboratory Service. Serves as the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service Department of a multidisciplinary, university-affiliated Medical Center. The incumbent performs both routine and difficult and complex laboratory testing as assigned (including, but not limited to laboratory testing in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, accessioning, send-outs, and serology sections). Medical laboratory technicians use microscopes, centrifuges, incubators, balances and other instruments in laboratory tests to analyze body fluids and other substances to aid physicians in diagnosis, care and treatment of patients. Monitors quality control systems. The incumbent rotates on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas (chemistry, hematology, microbiology, accessioning, send outs, and serology sections). The incumbent works off-hour shifts, holidays and weekends as priorities demonstrate a need. The work is performed under the administrative supervision of the generalist Medical Technologists on Duty, Lead Medical Technologists, Technical Specialists, Lab Supervisors, or the Laboratory Manager. Major duties include: Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis considering physiologic processes and requirements. Accepts and/or documents incoming patient specimens using the designated computer system (or backup system) as per established policies and procedures. Controls physical conditions and responds to time factors to ensure that the physiological state of the specimen and the quality of patient care is maintained. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and assay procedures. Suggests and participates in quality assurance activities involving pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic stages. Maintains comprehensive records of written and practical quality control measures and patient data to monitor all systems/processes for significant change that could indicate discrepancies or out-of-control results. Logs rejected specimens according to laboratory/departmental policy and delete accessions according to laboratory policy. Recognizes indicators of malfunction and evaluates validity of data. Reports all specimen problems according to established guidelines. Adheres to requirements to accomplish plans to assure successful accreditation by regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission, CAP, CLIA, FDA, American Association of Blood Banks and other governing bodies. In microbiology, specializes in performing gram stains, infectious disease testing, immunochemical fecal occult blood testing, vaginosis DNA testing, and complex PCR testing. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m (rotating weekends and holidays) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD53407410-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599541000
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