The Specimen Processing Clerk’s accession and process all surgical and cytological specimens. This position requires the operation of a data entry terminal in order to input, record, verify, and edit various patient and laboratory information. This position receives sorts and provides accurate data entry for all specimens entering the laboratory. The Specimen Processing Clerk will accurately assign accession numbers generated for each specimen to cassettes. The Specimen Processing Clerk will follow the direction of the supervisor while taking initiative in performing and promoting quality and efficiency within the department. The Specimen Processing Clerk will be trained in the expected task in order to meet the competency set by the department.
1. Properly identifies and accessions all lab specimens.
2. Accurately enters patient information into LIS.
3. Ability to read the clients request and enter them into LIS.
4. Assists as needed to perform other related duties and special projects as required.
5. Accepts other duties as assigned.
6. Operates a centrifuge in order to properly prepare specimen.
7. Labels the specimen with proper patient demographic information and delivers promptly to the testing labs.
8. Receives and empties incoming bags, boxes, and containers of specimens from dock area.
9. Separates and sorts specimens by category.
1. Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
a. Ability to type 45 wpm.
b. Ability to decipher various forms of handwriting.
c. Ability to enter alpha and numeric information into the laboratory information system with required speed and accuracy as determined by the laboratory support supervisor.
d. Ability to pull and print report information from the laboratory information system.
e. Ability to work with Client Services to resolve patient and client issues.
f. Excellent skills in English usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
g. Demonstrated skills and high level of attention to detail in technical data interpretation and ability to troubleshoot.
h. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, Outlook, and general working knowledge of Internet for business use.
i. Ability to operate word processing equipment, transcription equipment, and other equipment as necessary.
j. Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-past, deadline driven environment.
Education, Certification/Licensure, and/or Experience
a. High School degree or equivalent required.
b. One to two years previous laboratory and data entry experience.
c. Medical Transcription Certificate or equivalent work experience required.
a. Visual acuity, auditory and skill dexterity to distinguish fine detail.
b. Must possess ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
c. Must possess ability to perform repetitive motion.
d. May have exposure to extreme temperatures, high noise levels, fumes and bio-hazardous material in the lab environment.
e. May be required to handle blood-borne pathogens and general laboratory reagents; handle live human specimens.
a. Willingness to work shift work and overtime is required.
b. Travel Required (Highlight One): Rarely Occasionally Frequently
c. Weekends/Evenings/Holidays (Highlight One): No Yes, please explain
This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.