Medical Technologist (MT)
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Position Summary
The Medical Technologist has the educational background to perform standard laboratory procedures requiring a broad use of independent judgment and responsibility with minimum technical supervision. The technologist maintains equipment and records, performs patient testing, performs proficiency testing, QC and QA related to test performance, serves as a preceptor for students and new employees as well as perform other duties as assigned. The technologist performs a broad range of laboratory procedures or concentrates in one or more sections including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, core lab, histology, immunology, virology, microbiology, metabolic genetics or molecular diagnostic.

Position Duties

Performs laboratory procedures with accuracy and precision in assigned laboratory areas with minimum supervision.
  • Performs laboratory procedures appropriate to training and validated competency.
  • Follows policies and procedures as outlined in the laboratory area's procedure manual.
  • Coordinates and prioritizes work in order to meet expected turn-around time.
  • Accurately calculates, transcribes and records test results.
  • Accessions and prepares specimens for analysis, as required.
  • Performs computer functions relevant to assigned area.
  • Prepares and refers appropriate results to Pathology for review.

Demonstrates scientific knowledge of testing principles, analytic procedures, and their results.
  • Understands scientific principles and analytic procedures.
  • Correlates results with diagnosis in order to determine validity or results.
  • Evaluates the acceptability and validity of the results to ensure accuracy using multiple data.
  • Accurately interprets and reports results in the LIS.
  • Recognizes normal vs. abnormal results, communicating and documenting critical values to the appropriate caregiver.
  • Communicates unusual findings to Pathology.

Performs Quality Assurance and Quality Control in assigned laboratory areas with minimum supervision.
  • Verifies patient specimen identification throughout the entire analytical and reporting process.
  • Evaluates specimen acceptability.
  • Evaluates appropiateness of orders.
  • Performs quality control testing procedures and evaluates data, taking necessary corrective actions, and follows defined reporting procedures.
  • Performs manual results review.
  • Performs daily and scheduled maintenance procedures on laboratory instruments and/or equipment.
  • Conducts routine calibrations and adjustments, as needed.
  • Effectively troubleshoots instruments and/or test system malfunctions, and reports to supervisor.
  • Performs Proficiency Testing, as assigned, meeting established deadlines.
  • Maintains competencies in assigned laboratory areas meeting established deadlines.
  • Accountable for reading e-mails and/or other forms of communication related to policy, processes and procedure changes meeting established deadlines.
  • Identifies technical, instrument and/or physiologic causes of unexpected results.
  • Follows Occurrence Management Policies.

Performs general operational duties in assigned laboratory areas.
  • Assumes responsibility for workflow and complies with hospital and laboratory policies and procedures.
  • Assists less skilled laboratory personnel in the performance of their job duties.
  • Participates in the training of students and new laboratory personnel, as assigned.
  • Assists in inventory management by established protocol.
  • Attends mandatory hospital and laboratory in-services.
  • Participates in continuing education workshops and seminars, as required.
  • Serves on laboratory or hospital committees, as assigned.
  • Performs inventory receipt, preparation/modification/processing, storage, retrieval and/or disposal of supplies and reagents.
  • Assists in/performs the research, development, and/or validation of new policies, procedures and/or instruments.
  • Assists/determines the stock levels, ensures stock rotation, and monitors expiration date of stock on hand.
  • Alerts supervisor or designee when stock reaches minimum level.
  • Contacts Clinical Engineering staff for instrument repair or return or equipment to the manufacturer, as needed.
  • Assists with data collection.
  • Researches new or replacement items and alternate supplies.
  • Keeps work area neat and orderly.
  • Knowledgeable of regulatory agencies requirements and inspection process.
  • Shares responsibility in assuring all regulatory requirements are met.
  • Provides input for continuous improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Complies with safety policies and procedures.
  • Follows established safety procedures for chemical and blood borne pathogen hygiene.
  • Follows Universal Precautions.
  • Wears appropriate PPE.
  • Practices hand hygiene.
  • Participates in mandatory fire drills.
  • Complies with required radiation security requirements.

Position Qualifications

Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university Field of Study: Medical Technology. Note: Foreign equivalent of medical technology degree.

Experience Requirements

1 year medical technology experience

Certification/License/Registry Requirements

National Medical Technologist Registry (such as ASCP/NCA/AMT) Candidate must obtain within 1 years of hire date or eligibility

Skill Requirements

Ability to process and sort specimens.

Ability to perform all testing procedures pertinent to specific department.

Ability to use or learn to use computers, keyboards, and printers.

Ability to communicate using the telephone.

Ability to recognize inappropriate orders, specimens, requisitions and follow established corrective procedures.

Ability to perform STAT and ASAP testing as specified.

Possesses good organizational skills.

Commitment to task and ability to multitask.

Ability to produce and report accurate results in a timely manner.

Ability to read, write and speak English.

Ability to perform basic mathematical computations.

Good interaction skills with hospital staff, patients and their families.

Ability to train others in technical tasks.

Ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot pertinent instruments.

Ability to distinguish colors.

Physical Requirements

Physical Activity - Stand

Physical Activity - Walk

Physical Activity - Sit

Physical Activity - Use hands to touch, handle, or feel

Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms

Physical Activity - Climb or balance

Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend

Physical Activity - Talk or hear

Physical Activity - Taste or smell

Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions

Physical Environment - Wet or humid conditions (non-weather)

Physical Environment - Work near moving mechanical parts

Physical Environment - Fumes or airborne particles

Physical Environment - Toxic or caustic chemicals

Physical Environment - Risk of radiation

Physical Environment - Infectious disease

Physical Environment - Blood or bodily fluid

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 10 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 25 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 35 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 50 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person)

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation

Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:

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