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Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)

  • ... Dallas, Texas, United States
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    Full-time

  • ... Salary: 77955 per year
  • Posted on: Apr 25, 2024       Expires on: Jun 09, 2024

Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)   

JOB TITLE:

Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Dallas Texas United States

REMOTE:

Yes

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

The Medical Technologist assigned to Night & Evening Shift performs a variety of procedures, both manual and automated, including complex analysis and special tests; evaluating abnormal results; using and maintaining equipment and implementing and monitoring quality control.
The Night & Evening Shift Medical Technologist performs clinical testing in clinical laboratory such as chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology and toxicology as needed.
She/he also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.


The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist assigned to Night & Evening Shift include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs pre-analytic receipt, qualification, and preparation of samples for testing, analytic and post-analytic processes in the immunohematology section according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintains strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Demonstrates technical competency in the performance of routine and complex testing, quality control, component selection and component preparation.
  • 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.
    Responsible for documenting corrective actions regarding specimen problems, maintaining necessary documentation for specimen quality monitors.
  • Performs routine laboratory tests, including hematology and coagulation procedures; chemical analyses including TDM's and toxicologies; urinalysis; blood transfusion processes and procedures (including VBECS); and microbiology tests.
    Any of these tests may be performed on an emergency basis.
  • Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established one protocols.
    Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections.
  • Completes, verifies and reports testing in a timely manner.
  • Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports.
    Documents corrective actions regarding quality control problems.
  • 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.
    Documents corrective actions regarding equipment problems.
  • 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.
    Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly.
    Documents critical values and performs read back.
  • 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.
  • Provides for accurate documentation and reporting of results to ensure quality of patient care by demonstrating good computer and record-keeping skills.
  • Performs proper component handling following aseptic techniques when modifying blood/blood components.
  • Follows section's inventory control system to assure effective use of supplies and reagents.
    Places order for blood and blood products to the blood supplier.
  • Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.
  • Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member.
    Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, peers, supervisors, patients, and others).
  • Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.
  • As needed: accessions send out samples, preserves specimens ensuring the physiologic properties of the specimens are maintained.
    Preserve specimens according to method requirements.

Work Schedule: Sunday to Saturday 12:00am-8:00am; 4:00pm-12:00am.
Rotating shifts through area of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, and Microbiology.
Weekends and Holidays will be required to work various shifts, based on patient care needs.

Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement #: Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.
    S.
    Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
    Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.

Qualifications

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.


Education and/or Experience Combination (Supply Transcripts):

(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.
).


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.


OR,

(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,

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.


OR,

(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,

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.


Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above.
This finding may be based on either of the following:
  • A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.
  • A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification: Candidates must meet 1 or 2 below, and Puerto Rico Registry is required (Should Supply Documentation).
  • Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
  • For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB).
    Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).


Grade Determinations:

GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience: 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,

(b) Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.
  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.
  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72 PART II APPENDIX G24

Preferred Candidate: Candidate with valid BCLS/BLS certification.


The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07.


Physical Requirements: May be required to stand, bend, stoop, lift and kneel for long periods of time.
Must also be able to lift moderately heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations.
Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents.
Required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions (Reference VA Directive and Handbook 5019).
The physical demands of the work are moderate.
The work includes the ability to maneuver in and behind instrumentation for troubleshooting and maintenance procedures.
Some work is sedentary (4-7hrs.
) with periods of walking (2 hrs.
), bending and or kneeling (3hr), lifting and carrying of reagents, equipment and files (15-44 lbs.
).
There may be some extended periods of standing (6-8 hrs.
); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing aid (permitted); emotional stability; ability to hear whispered voice; the use of fingers is required including typing (4-6 Hrs.
); reaching above shoulder; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination required.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.
You can verify your education here: http://ope.
ed.
gov/accreditation/.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
For further information, visit: http://www.
ed.
gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.
html.

Additional information

This is a Bargaining unit position.


This occupation is listed on the OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration's Occupational Staffing Shortages fiscal year (FY) 2024 dated October 3, 2023.
Therefore, this vacancy announcement is exempt from Veterans Preference.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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.


Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.
01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.
e.
, medical, religious or pregnancy).
VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations.
If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date.
The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.


If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.
WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, resume, C.
V.
, and/or supporting documentation will be verified.
Please follow all instructions carefully.
Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.
g.
, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.
g.
, professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.
g.
, on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.


It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

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

    • Puerto Rico Registry
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.


    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Puerto Rico Registry
    • Other (2)
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.
    S.
    Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
    Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
    S.
    Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
    To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/02/2024 to receive consideration.
    To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.
    usastaffing.
    gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12396938.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.
      Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.
    usajobs.
    gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position.
    The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.
    You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Manuel Colon

    Phone

    407-631-8496

    Email

    manuel.
    colon@va.
    gov

    Address

    San Juan VA Medical Center
    10 Calle Casia
    San Juan, PR 00921
    US

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email.
    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.
    After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.
    Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.
    All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.


    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications.
    Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.


    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
    It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons.
    Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted.
    HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
    HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties.
    VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities.
    HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities.
    HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students.
    HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

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

  • Puerto Rico Registry
  • Resume
  • Transcript


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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.


  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Puerto Rico Registry
  • Other (2)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.
Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to All U.
S.
Citizens - First Consideration will be given to Current Permanent Employees of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan PR), followed by Agency Employees, Federal Employees, and all US Citizens.
Note: This position is excluded from Veterans Preference.

Position Details

POSTED:

Apr 25, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

77955 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1715029278-3f11c05393d6d6c7c3f133480120d058

LOCATION:

Texas United States

CITY:

Dallas

Job Origin:

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Duties

The Medical Technologist assigned to Night & Evening Shift performs a variety of procedures, both manual and automated, including complex analysis and special tests; evaluating abnormal results; using and maintaining equipment and implementing and monitoring quality control. The Night & Evening Shift Medical Technologist performs clinical testing in clinical laboratory such as chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology and toxicology as needed. She/he also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist assigned to Night & Evening Shift include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs pre-analytic receipt, qualification, and preparation of samples for testing, analytic and post-analytic processes in the immunohematology section according to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintains strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Demonstrates technical competency in the performance of routine and complex testing, quality control, component selection and component preparation.
  • 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. Responsible for documenting corrective actions regarding specimen problems, maintaining necessary documentation for specimen quality monitors.
  • Performs routine laboratory tests, including hematology and coagulation procedures; chemical analyses including TDM's and toxicologies; urinalysis; blood transfusion processes and procedures (including VBECS); and microbiology tests. Any of these tests may be performed on an emergency basis.
  • Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established one protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections.
  • Completes, verifies and reports testing in a timely manner.
  • Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Documents corrective actions regarding quality control problems.
  • 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. Documents corrective actions regarding equipment problems.
  • 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. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Documents critical values and performs read back.
  • 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.
  • Provides for accurate documentation and reporting of results to ensure quality of patient care by demonstrating good computer and record-keeping skills.
  • Performs proper component handling following aseptic techniques when modifying blood/blood components.
  • Follows section's inventory control system to assure effective use of supplies and reagents. Places order for blood and blood products to the blood supplier.
  • Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.
  • Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, peers, supervisors, patients, and others).
  • Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.
  • As needed: accessions send out samples, preserves specimens ensuring the physiologic properties of the specimens are maintained. Preserve specimens according to method requirements.

Work Schedule: Sunday to Saturday 12:00am-8:00am; 4:00pm-12:00am. Rotating shifts through area of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, and Microbiology. Weekends and Holidays will be required to work various shifts, based on patient care needs.
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: Medical Technologist (Generalist Night and Evening Shift)

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.

Qualifications

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.

Education and/or Experience Combination (Supply Transcripts):

(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.).

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.

OR,

(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,

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.

OR,

(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,

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.

Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. This finding may be based on either of the following:
  • A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.
  • A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

Certification: Candidates must meet 1 or 2 below, and Puerto Rico Registry is required (Should Supply Documentation).
  • Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
  • For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience: 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,

(b) Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.
  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.
  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72 PART II APPENDIX G24

Preferred Candidate: Candidate with valid BCLS/BLS certification.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07.

Physical Requirements: May be required to stand, bend, stoop, lift and kneel for long periods of time. Must also be able to lift moderately heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations. Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents. Required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions (Reference VA Directive and Handbook 5019). The physical demands of the work are moderate. The work includes the ability to maneuver in and behind instrumentation for troubleshooting and maintenance procedures. Some work is sedentary (4-7hrs.) with periods of walking (2 hrs.), bending and or kneeling (3hr), lifting and carrying of reagents, equipment and files (15-44 lbs.). There may be some extended periods of standing (6-8 hrs.); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing aid (permitted); emotional stability; ability to hear whispered voice; the use of fingers is required including typing (4-6 Hrs.); reaching above shoulder; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination required.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

This is a Bargaining unit position.

This occupation is listed on the OIG Determination of Veterans Health Administration's Occupational Staffing Shortages fiscal year (FY) 2024 dated October 3, 2023. Therefore, this vacancy announcement is exempt from Veterans Preference.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.


  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

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

    • Puerto Rico Registry
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Puerto Rico Registry
    • Other (2)
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/02/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12396938.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Manuel Colon

    Phone

    407-631-8496

    Email

    manuel.colon@va.gov

    Address

    San Juan VA Medical Center
    10 Calle Casia
    San Juan, PR 00921
    US

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

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

  • Puerto Rico Registry
  • Resume
  • Transcript


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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Puerto Rico Registry
  • Other (2)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to All U.S. Citizens - First Consideration will be given to Current Permanent Employees of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan PR), followed by Agency Employees, Federal Employees, and all US Citizens. Note: This position is excluded from Veterans Preference.

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