Pathology Sample Processing Clerk Per Diem
The Miriam Hospital - Providence, RI

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Description : Under the general supervision of the Pathology Manager and in accordance with Hospital and department policies and procedures, performs a variety of duties to provide for pre-analytical specimen processing, patient registration, test ordering and specimen distribution within laboratories. Performs a variety of functions on laboratory and hospital computer systems.
Receives specimens for pre-analytical processing (i.e., spinning of bloods, aliquoting of samples, patient registration, test ordering, generating bar code labels, verifying proper labeling of specimens, specimen distribution within laboratories and result inquiry.) Maintains logbooks and similar documents as required.
In conjunction with technologist, checks specimens to identify any requiring special handling or processing due to specimen requirements, testing procedures, sample condition and/or patient diagnosis.
Qualifications : BASIC KNOWLEDGE: Level of knowledge normally acquired through completion of high school with course work in Biology and Chemistry. Applies standard precautions. Organizational and clerical skills to maintain a variety of logs and records. Computer skills. Ability to track and assist in resolution of problems and concerns when answering central telephone line. Interpersonal and communication skills to exchange factual information with physicians, nurses, external laboratories, etc., regarding laboratory services, test results and test procedures. EXPERIENCE: One year experience performing similar duties successfully in another institution or one year on-the-job training under supervision at The Miriam Hospital. WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Sits, stands and walks intermittently throughout the day. May be exposed to odors, chemicals, and infectious materials when handling laboratory specimens. Hazards are minimized by following established universal precautionary procedures. INDEPENDENT ACTION: Performs independently within department policies and practices. Refers specific complex problems to supervisor where clarification of policies and procedures may be required. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None.