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Medical Technologist Generalist Job in KANSAS CITY, MO

Medical Technologist Generalist Job in KANSAS CITY, MO

Vacancy No. CDBA-18-SK-10113882-PLM-BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $44,219.00 to $66,194.00 Grade 7 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 2/8/2018 Close Date 3/1/2018
Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


  • Open & closing dates

    02/08/2018 to 03/01/2018

  • Salary

    $44,219 to $66,194 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7 - 9

  • Work schedule


  • Appointment type



3 vacancies in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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  • Duties



    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    The Kansas City VA is embarking on a journey of moving beyond performance measure and becoming the Healthcare System Veterans Trust and Choose.

    Our patients depend on us and we depend on professionals like you.

    If you are interested in being a part of a LEAN organization and putting other's needs before your own this may be the organization for you. Yours might be the first face they see when they come through our doors. Yours might be the voice they hear right after a surprise diagnosis. Yours might be the eyes they look into as they are pushed in a wheelchair to a frightening procedure. Your attitude reflects us and everything we are proud of in this organization. By applying for this position you have chosen to help serve our patients and we appreciate you. With the initiation of cultural change, along with knowledge and tools for change, the Kansas City VA will continue to move towards a practice of continuous improvement. In the endeavor, we recognize that this change will not occur suddenly, that dedicated individuals like yourself will be required, that leadership involvement is necessary, and employee engagement paramount.

    As a 157 bed medical, surgical, and psychiatric facility, the Kansas City VA provides comprehensive health care through primary care and tertiary care in subspecialty medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Take a closer look at Kansas City at www.thinkkc.com.

    This is an internal announcement open to current, permanent Facility employees, VA employees, or Federal employees. U.S. Citizens should apply under the external announcement # CBDA-18-SK-10132571-PLM-BU.

    **You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program based on the availability of funding. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.**

    **Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.**

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    A Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Scientist at this level develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens using manual or automated techniques, and require a board exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, chemistry (including endocrinology and toxicology), coagulation, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), serology and urinalysis. Technologist monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals and others in the medical center setting including the public. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. He/She also works offhour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. Serves as an independent duty medical technologist in the Clinical Laboratory of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in this university affiliated Medical Center.
    The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist - Generalist include, but are not limited to:
    · Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks for the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Conducts literature search if indicated and documents actions taken in quality assurance logs.
    · Participates in the performance of quality assurance programs, such as College of American Pathologist or other regulatory agencies in order to maintain accreditation, corrects deficiencies promptly and modifies instruments and methods to conform and keep laboratory standards at a high level.
    · Prepares reagents, assembles equipment, identifies all operational problems and troubleshoots accordingly; performs daily, weekly and monthly maintenance; performs and calculates results for a variety of complex tests such as sterile fluid exams, buffy coat smears, Gram Stains, special tests for hemolytic anemia, special coagulations studies for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) work-ups and body fluid differentials.
    · Performs a broad range of complex blood banking duties including obtaining blood and other components from outside sources for
    transfusion; screens patient blood samples for irregular antibodies to determine if rare or unusual antibodies are present; types and
    crossmatches patient/donor for transfusion; prepares platelet and type specific plasma for infusion; solves complex antibody problems;
    investigates transfusion reactions and completes all computer data entry.
    · Performs ABO and RH typing of specimens; resolving discrepancies between forward and reverse typing.
    · Performs antibody screening; identifies any antibody detected in the screen by testing patient serum against an appropriate panel of red cells.
    · Thaws fresh frozen plasma; prepares other components when ordered.
    · Investigates autoimmune hemolytic disease by performing a direct coombs test, using IgG, C3 poly specific reagents. When coombs test is positive, the sample is further evaluated to determine if the antibody coating the red cells is an auto- or allo-antibody.
    · Selects appropriate donor blood to be transfused; performs crossmatching between the patient's serum and the donor's red blood cells;
    resolves any compatibility problems before transfusion.
    · Performs transfusion reaction investigations.
    · Inspects donor units prior to issue.
    · Monitors and evaluates all requests for blood and blood products to ensure that request meets VA blood usage criteria as established by the VA Transfusion Committee.
    · Orders blood and blood products from Community Blood Center; returns blood products when appropriated to improve community-wide
    blood utilization.

    Work Schedule: Various Tours including weekend/holiday rotation. The shift can be modified based on the need of the laboratory.
    Incumbent could be required to participate in off-hour shifts, weekend rotation and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

    Functional Statement Title: Medical Technologist Generalist GS-644-7 and 9

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current VA and Federal Employees

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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