Incumbent acts as a Transfusion Medicine Specialist. The specialist assists the Laboratory Supervisors in developing and recommending policies, procedures and equipment for Transfusion Medicine. Primarily serves as a technical advisor and trainer for Sioux Falls VA Transfusion Medicine. The incumbent works as a generalist/microbiologist when not performing Transfusion Medicine testing duties. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Advanced Staff Specialist assigned to the Transfusion Medicine section at the GS-10 level carries out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS-9, but has higher level of professional responsibilities and expertise. Technologist at this level performs a large scale of automated analytical instruments functions in all the clinical laboratory areas and also complex analysis and special test from both automated and manual procedures. Employee will be evaluating abnormal results, will need to use and maintain equipment and will need to implement, monitor and review daily /monthly liquid and electronic quality control. This MT will have to schedule and provide trainings for other health Care professionals performing transfusions and will need to follow up 6 month and annual competency records for staff members. This MT will have to maintain and revise blood bank inventory from the Main Laboratory to keep correct volumes of reagents needed for patient testing. The employee could be in charge of new method development and provide professional and technical advice to other Health Professionals performing Transfusion Medicine testing and transfusions. Major duties include: - Perform more complex Laboratory Functions like Evaluation/ Modification and Implementation of new methods or techniques to improve or expand services. - Develop and recommend protocols for performance of Transfusion Medicine tests and evaluation of results. - Ensure that laboratory tests and procedures are consistent with accrediting agencies. - Recognize methodology limitations such as linearity's, interferences, sensitivity and specificity and considers these when drawing conclusions about the validity of testing results - Perform validation studies to include: Correlation, Linearities, Calibration Verification, Analytical Measurement Range, Precisions and interpret record and graph statistics. - Assists the Leads and supervisors to investigate, correct daily errors and collect data for Quality Assurance Purposes - Assists Leads and supervisors when receiving partial orders and with the inventory control throughout the hospital where blood product and reagent inventory is stocked. - Provide professional and technical advice to technicians, technologists, and other Health Care Professionals - Perform Quality Control (Liquid and electronic and troubleshoot inoperable instruments). - Assists the Leads and supervisors to coordinate the route and delivery of the Proficiency Testing kits and quality audits through all wards performing Transfusion Medicine Testing and transfusions. - Assists the Leads and supervisors to evaluate and take actions if needed from data gathered from the monthly and quarterly reports - Incumbent organize work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. - Assists the Leads and supervisors in all aspects of the Transfusion Medicine section and assures compliance with Transfusion Medicine regulations and guidelines. - Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections. - Performs quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. - 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. - 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. - 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. - Performs venipunctures as well as capillary and arterial punctures for specimen collection. - Adheres to all facility, local, state and federal safety requirements. Work Schedule: To be determined. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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