Mercy Regional Health Center Inc - Manhattan, KS

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Position Summary:
This position is a member of the professional laboratory technical staff responsible for performing moderately complex to highly complex and specialized clinical laboratory tests/analyses of human blood, urine and other body fluids, tissues or substances using manual or automated techniques to obtain data for use in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disease/injury. Specific areas of accountability may include one, a combination, or all of the following disciplines: transfusion service, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, microbiology, immunology, toxicology, urinalysis, Pathology assistance, and phlebotomy.

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions: Other duties may be assigned. Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Performs, analyzes, evaluates, expedites and reports tests in assigned areas ensuring accuracy and reliability of results through application of clinical knowledge.
  • Exercises judgment in evaluation of analytical, pre-analytical and post-analytical phases of testing to ensure delivery of high quality, timely laboratory results.
  • Operates complex automated analysis equipment and/or laboratory computer system to perform designated tests; sets up, calibrates and adjusts laboratory equipment and apparatus appropriate for the designated test(s).
  • Participates in staff meetings, continuing education and mandatory in-services to gain knowledge in support of our mission and vision.
  • Stains and prepares slides of specimen material for microscopic examination and evaluation; operates a microscope; prepares chemical solutions and reagents; observes reactions and makes/records readings of test results.
  • Accurately records test data, makes statistical calculations, compares laboratory results with normal values and investigates atypical results to determine cause.
  • Evaluates and determines validity of test sample value(s) based on testing of quality control materials.
  • Recognizes and addresses unexpected test reactions, errors and discrepancies.
  • Develops, tests, documents and implements new test methodologies, including quality control parameters, by evaluating guides or possible alternative approaches to standard methods; recommends updates to the procedure directory in the LIS.
  • Provides consultative services regarding laboratory procedures, test results and examinations to medical staff, laboratory personnel and other healthcare providers.
  • Assists in training of personnel and students.
  • May perform other duties as assigned or requested.
Management Responsibilities:
This job has no management responsibilities. On a shift basis, and in the absence of lab supervisor, lab manager or lab director, an incumbent may be assigned responsibility for serving as a Tech-In-Charge.


Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university required, Med Tech degree preferred. Med Tech students in final semester of baccalaureate degree preparation who have completed all clinical rotations considered.

Behavioral Skills
  • A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Via Christi Health.
  • Thrive on a fast paced environment
  • Be able to make decisions quickly and clearly enunciate the basis on which the decision was made.
  • Be able to appropriately challenge ideas.
  • Be able to anticipate and respond to the needs of others.

Technical Skills
  • Advanced clinical laboratory skills including use of glassware, pipettes and other tools for fine measurements
  • Ability to calibrate, trouble shoot and use precision analytical instruments
  • Ability to use microscope and accurately identify and identify and count normal and abnormal cells, biological structures or organisms in blood and other body fluids.
  • Ability to apply mathematics including algebra, use of decimals, fractions, statistics.
  • Working knowledge of chemistry and biology as it pertains to clinical laboratory sciences
  • Understanding and trouble shooting of complex problems associated with test systems and laboratory instruments
  • Computer skills
  • Depending on ministry, an understanding of Blood Banking and Transfusion medicine

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • MT (ASCP) or CLS (NCA) required or obtainable within one year

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Occasionally required to be in a stationary position
  • Occasionally move through the department and hospital
  • Constantly use hands/fingers to handle supplies and products
  • Constantly exchanges information with lab and nursing staff
  • Constantly observe and assess patient orders, test results, reagent and product labels, demonstrate close and distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and adjust focus.
  • Constantly detect abnormal smells
  • Occasionally required to carry or lift items weighing up to 25 pounds for short distances.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as phone calls, alarms, subtle equipment sounds, and customer communications.

Working Conditions
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to sharps potentially contaminated with blood borne pathogens, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, biological hazards or infectious agents, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position Scope/Patient Population:
  • Patients of all ages.

Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.