Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist (Microbiology) in East Orange, New Jersey
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- East Orange, NJ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (20 day(s) ago)
** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (1 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1812171
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Current VA employees should apply under BH-17-ML-1812179-BU.
This position is at the VA New Jersey Health Care System in the Pathology and Laboratory Service, East Orange campus. The incumbent serves as a Medical Technologist in the microbiology/serology/immunology/molecular microbiology unit of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service involving the disciplines of bacteriology, anaerobic bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology and serology, and molecular microbiology. Responsibilities include performing a variety of procedures on patient samples, reference samples and CAP performance surveys, including complex analyses; evaluating abnormal results; notifying physician of all critical values; using and maintaining equipment; utilizing the laboratory computer for all specimen accessioning and result reporting; and setting up and monitoring quality control. The Medical Technologist rotates through all sections of the microbiology department and works Monday through Friday on varying shifts, with rotating weekends and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist (Microbiology) include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Evaluates the specimen in view of requested procedures/tests to determine the suitability of the sample. Determines that the same patient's name is on both the request form and the specimen, that the specimen matches the source on the request form, that the quantity and quality of the specimen is sufficient for processing, that the specimen is submitted in the appropriate transport system and that the type of specimen submitted is acceptable for the type of test requested.
- Inoculates specimens onto appropriate solid and liquid media and incubates media in the prescribed environmental conditions (atmosphere, temperature, etc.).
- Prepares, stains, reads and interprets gram stains and other special stains (Wayson, Ziehl-Neelsen, India Ink, KOH, etc.) made directly from specimens and from isolated colonies of organisms.
- Examines culture media (plates, tubes and bottles) after the prescribed incubation periods and utilizes independent judgment in the selection of organisms which may be potential pathogens for further subculture and identification.
- Identifies microorganisms isolated from clinical specimens while differentiating those contributing to an infectious process from those associated with normal body flora by using the colonial morphology (color, hemolysis, size and growth rate), gram reaction, fermentation reactions, enzymatic reactions, physiological characteristics, serological reaction with specific antisera, atmospheric and optimal temperature requirements, etc. Uses current automated instrumentation such as the Vitek.
- Determines antibiotic susceptibility using standardized techniques such as disk-diffusion (Kirby-Bauer), broth dilution and broth-disk elution procedures as well as non-standardized and automated techniques.
- Examines blood cultures visually for signs of growth and using the current blood culture machine.
- Identifies fungi and yeast using colonial morphology and microscopic features, slide cultures, biochemical and assimilation profiles.
- Identifies parasites using the microscopic features observed after concentration procedures and after staining.
- Records the results of all biochemical reactions, stains, sensitivities, morphologies and other characteristics used in the identification of bacteria, fungi, yeast and parasites.
- 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.
- Performs prescribed maintenance procedures, monitors equipment performance, and makes minor repairs of the equipment within the section.
- 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.
- Actively participates in both elective and all mandatory continuing education as required by laboratory and medical center administration (i.e. fire & safety, infection control, EEO yearly training, laboratory specific education, etc.).
- Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity and sensitivity, and specific factors which influence test results.
- Draws blood from patient's on the wards or in the phlebotomy clinic..
- Accepts supplies, labels with date received, puts away supplies, stocks work area and keeps the stockroom orderly and clean.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday on varying shifts with rotating weekends and holidays; work schedule to be determined based on the needs of the Pathology and Laboratory Service.
FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT TITLE: Medical Technologist (Microbiologist) 2015
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education and/or Experience Combination
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. ANDFive 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 above. This finding may be based on either of the following: (1) 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. OR(2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for certification examination.
- For the Medical Technologist (Generalist), Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
A. One year of credible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR
B. A Master's degree or 2 academic years or progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.
One year of creditable experience conducting the duties related to the Medical Technologist (Microbiology) position. Examples of duties include, but are not limited to: Inoculating specimens onto appropriate solid and liquid media and incubates media in the prescribed environmental conditions (atmosphere, temperature, etc.); Preparing, staining, reading and interpreting gram stains and other special stains (Wayson, Ziehl-Neelsen, India Ink, KOH, etc.); Examining culture media after the prescribed incubation periods and utilizing independent judgment in the selection of organisms which may be potential pathogens for further subculture and identification; Identifying microorganisms isolated from clinical specimens while differentiating those contributing to an infectious process from those associated with normal body flora by using the colonial morphology, gram reaction, fermentation reactions, enzymatic reactions, physiological characteristics, serological reaction with specific antisera, atmospheric and optimal temperature requirements, etc.; Determining antibiotic susceptibility using standardized techniques such as disk-diffusion (Kirby-Bauer), broth dilution and broth-disk elution procedures as well as non-standardized and automated techniques; Examining blood cultures visually for signs of growth and using the current blood culture machine; Identifying parasites, fungi and yeast.
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; religious; 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.
a. Creditable Experience:(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice: For positions at or above the full performance level, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills and abilities as a MT and may be paid or non-paid employment.(2) Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position being filled.(3) Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a MT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.(4) Graduate Education: Graduate education and graduate degrees may be substituted as specified at each grade level. Education must have been from an accredited college or university in a field related to MT (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, immunohematology, biological science, physiology, allied health education, health systems administration, infection control and preventive medicine), which was accredited at the time the candidate completed the program.b. GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
(1) GS-7 (Entry Level):
(a) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.
(2) GS-9 (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which is directly related to the position to be filled.
(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 Ability. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs listed in the preferred experience section above.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/72, PART II, APPENDIX G24. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
*Physical Requirements: *The position requires standing for long periods of time, walking between different laboratory sections on a regular basis, reaching and bending to obtain supplies and to operate various instruments, lifting of supplies, equipment and racks of media weighing up to 30 pounds, and bending over microscopes.
The medical technologist is exposed to significant risks involving infectious agents and moderate risk to chemical exposure, noxious fumes, electrical and mechanical hazards.
The technologist follows standard precaution guidelines at all times by wearing protective clothing (laboratory coats, masks, gloves, safety goggles) when indicated. The medical technologist uses a biohazard hood and safety precautions which are described in safety and laboratory manuals.
What To Expect Next
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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $52,514.00 to $71,920.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/09
Promotion Potential: 9
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens
Control Number: 452064600
Job Announcement Number: BH-17-ML-1812171-BU