- Job Summary
This is a technologist position in the clinical laboratory with
responsibility for performing procedures in assigned departments.
This person is also responsible for the analysis of laboratory
specimens and subsequent result reporting according to laboratory
protocol and procedures federal, state and regulatory rules and
- Minimum Qualifications
Associates Degree or Bachelor's Degree as a Medical
1 year of experience in clinical lab preferred
ASCP (MT or MLT) Registry or eligible (or equivalent
CLS or AMT acceptable
- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend English.
Moderate Computer skills to perform Data entry and specimen
Software: Computerized laboratory information systems,
HIPAA policies on Confidentiality
- Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Technical Skills and Problem Solving: Performs accurate and
appropriate testing of specimens received in the laboratory,
according to established laboratory protocol and procedures.
Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and
Evaluates specimens for suitability for testing and resolves
problems related to specimen collection.
Performs testing, records results of tests and ensures that
results are accurate.
Reports results for stats, abnormal results, critical values,
and other categories of special requests as defined by laboratory
Proficient in instrument operation and basic troubleshooting for
each section of the laboratory where orientation and training has
Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of Laboratory Information
Systems (LIS) and Hospital Information System (HIS) as
Evaluates laboratory results and correlates data to recognize
disease states. Monitors test results for reasonableness.
Differentiates and resolves technical, instrument, and
physiologic causes of problems or unexpected test results
Exercises initiative and independent judgment in dealing with a
broad scope of procedural and technical problems. Takes corrective
action when indicated according to P & P's.
Notifies supervisor of discrepancies or unexpected results when
Is able to communicate effectively with physicians regarding
specific test results.
Able to prioritize and organize workload so that results are
reported within established turn-around-times.
Participates with development of new tests and procedures.
- Quality Assurance and Maintenance: Performs all quality
assurance and instrument maintenance check procedures and maintains
related records according to established policies/procedures.
Performs, verifies accuracy of results, and records both QC
function checks and quality control testing within the specified
Assists with maintenance of quality control records.
Recognizes instrument malfunction, halts patient
testing/resulting immediately, and with aid of operators manual or
hotline, attempts to resolve problem. Records corrective action
Performs daily and scheduled maintenance and function checks on
instruments/equipment and documents action performed.
Performs calibration and linearity checks according to
Completes assigned proficiency testing and annual departmental
competencies within specified time frame.
Assists with performance improvement initiatives when
- Development: Maintains current knowledge and
Identifies learning needs in self and initiates actions to
address these education needs.
Attends hospital sponsored training programs as required by the
Completes all mandatory requirements, certifications, and
licensure within allotted timeframe for completion (License, PPD,
Competencies, Age Specifics, etc.)
- Organizational knowledge: Works effectively within and between
Maintains awareness of changes in procedures or protocols.
Attends department meetings as required or reads/initials
meeting minutes within the specified time frame if not in
Demonstrates a constructive approach during all interactions
with staff, supervisors, and managers both inside and outside the
Participates on inter-departmental teams and committees,
communicating unit knowledge as appropriate.
Provides department/unit with information and knowledge acquired
during participation with interdepartmental teams and
- Department/Unit Specific Functions and Duties
Greets all patients and visitors to the Laboratory in a prompt
and professional manner, displaying good customer service
Assists with telephone responsibilities when necessary.
Provides nursing personnel and physician offices with verbal
test results and pathology reports, referring any problems directly
to the appropriate person or supervisor.
Assists with on-going inventory control of testing supplies in
each laboratory area, rotating stock so that older stock items are
Assists with the instruction of laboratory personnel in theory,
technical skills, safety protocols, and application of laboratory
- Cleans and sanitizes work areas at the beginning of each
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