Fast paced work environment with many learning opportunities
Lab Technician II, Cleveland, OH - November 27, 2015
To describe what one may do in a day at the office at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Central Processing Center in simple terms... a person could prepare laboratory specimens for designated departments and locations prior to laboratory analysis and testing. They might unpack specimens from branches or ports then route specimens by type to various staging areas. They might prepare specimens. Most all specimens received for testing in designated laboratory departments or locations such as staging need to be prepared whether by centrifuge, separate the serum, and blood smears. A tech may perform data entry of test requisition information or aliquot sample for departments. Also a possibility is preparing excess specimen samples for storage. Sometimes issues arise and a tech needs to resolve the issue and document problem specimens.
An example of some of my typical duties include the following: I worked in our manual department where I centrifuged specimens, aliquot the serum, and deliver the finished product. I received large amounts of specimens from hospitals, not only Clinic hospitals, and I helped my coworkers to sort the specimens, scan them into our department, deliver them to their destination, and scan them there again. I worked in Emergency Room Stats where I only received requisitions from the pneumonic tubes coming from the ER’s and these tests had to be put into the computer and delivered in a very timely fashion. There was also a urine pour-off station, which is rather self-explanatory. I would order the urine requisitions and pour the urine into the correct tubes, making sure the always pour-off and XTUBE (extra). Then, I would spin most of the urine tubes (depending on the test) and deliver to their designated area. Other times, I would work solely on what we would call “green req’s”. They do not have any of our codes, some are hand written, and are definitely a learned skilled. Lastly, I participated in processing the RIB Lists (received inbound). These were packages from outside hospitals such as Parma, Ashtabula, Metro, Lakeland, Rainbow Babies, etc. They could be quite large and contain 100 + specimens. I would have to go through the list to make sure we had received every specimen we were supposed and that they were the right type, right name, and so on. Next, I would have to accept the list and new Cleveland Clinic labels would be printed out for every specimen. I would go through and relabel every one of them, carefully. Now, each specimen would need to be scanned in, delivered, and re-scanned into their final destination.
In summary, I can think of a few more duties I performed at the Clinic that display my skills properly, though, I feel I have already spoken too much at length about the subject. In addition, I believe i feel I gained many transferable skills such as customer service skills, ability to prioritize, time management, work under pressure, pay attention to detail as well as office politics, learn patience and people pleasing; and, most important, teamwork. These skills are the exact set of skills i would say I learned from being server for a number of years.
To answer the last two questions, the hardest part of the job and the most enjoyable. Well, I found them to be the same and that would be the demand. The job itself was very high demand, high pressure, fast-paced and i liked that very much. i thrive in that type of environment.