Under the direct supervision of the Shift Supervisor and/or the Technical Section Supervisor and within established policies and procedures, the incumbent performs the following functions:
Utilize professional judgment in interpretations of clinical lab results and in responding to unusual situations. Utilize judgment and discretion in considering sample integrity and acceptability, process calibration, reagent concentration and stability, quality control relationship to unknown results, evaluation of unexpected patient results and error identification. Perform a variety of clinical laboratory tests, including set up of supplies and equipment to analyze specimens (i.e. body fluids, tissue, sputum, etc.) according to written procedures. Forward unresolved problems to supervisor. Maintain the integrity of the specimens throughout the process. Adhere to established quality control policies and procedures in order to guarantee the reliability of data. Perform quality control procedures as required and maintain adequate control records to include problem log documentation, reporting any abnormal or unusual variances to supervisor and/or Medical Director as appropriate. Perform daily QC review. Coordinate quality assurance and participate in quality improvement activities. Document test results and report results to nursing units and/or physicians according to established procedure. Inform supervisor or designee of unusual or unexpected test results after verification and accessing validity of the original test results. Recognize critical and/or life threatening results and immediately telephone critical values to the nursing units and/or physicians. Check, calibrate and maintain equipment in working order, performing preventative maintenance at prescribed intervals and as appropriate. Troubleshoot technical and procedural problems, make repairs and utilize service “hot” line as needed; arrange service call as appropriate. Keep related records. Maintain all records and documentation, i.e. calibrations, temperatures, etc., needed to comply with CAP, Joint Commission and other accrediting agencies. Maintain technical proficiency in a minimum of two (2) of the four (4) technical areas on the day shift; or in four (4) of the technical areas on the evening and night shifts; OR if scheduled less than or equal to 8 hours per week, maintain technical proficiency in a minimum of one (1) of the four (4) technical areas on the day shift; or in two (2) of the technical areas on the evening and night shifts. Technical areas include: Transfusion Service, Chemistry, Hematology, and Microbiology. Display courtesy and professionalism at all times while providing timely, helpful service to all patients, clients, visitors, physicians, and hospital personnel. Maintain a professional decorum within the work environment under all types of circumstances, demonstrating ability to remain calm in tense and/or emergency situations. Perform duties of charge technologist in the absence of the Supervisor as assigned. Act as technical resource to lab and all hospital employees; provide instruction on basic theory, technical skills and applications of test procedures. Ensure confidentiality of employee, legal, client/patient, budget and all company matters.
Education • Bachelor Degree from accredited four-year college or university.
Experience: • Minimum of one year MT experience preferred.
- MLS (ASCP) CM or MT (ASCP) or equivalent preferred; OR ASCP eligible and must obtain certification within one (1) year of employment. • MLS (ASCP) CM MUST be valid and renewed upon expiration to retain employment.