Tech Lab Assistant Pathology
Valley Medical Center - Renton, WA

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VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

JOB DESCRIPTION

PATHOLOGY

The position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the organization.

TITLE: TECHNICAL ASSISTANT - PATHOLOGY

ROLE: See job description for Clinical Support Partner for generic job duties.

JOB OVERVIEW : Performs all paperwork, technical, and non-technical procedures required to process specimens. Assist in the set-up and clean-up for autopsies. Stock supplies; perform limited routine QC/maintenance procedures and other support duties as assigned.

AREA OF ASSIGNMENT: Pathology Department

HOURS OF WORK: As assigned, Primarily Monday – Friday

May require weekends

RESPONSIBLE TO: Laboratory Manager

PREREQUISITES:

  • Associate Degree in chemistry or biological sciences or high school graduate with minimum one year experience in a laboratory, Pathology preferred.

  • Basic Data entry, computer skills.

  • Basic Medical Terminology and or anatomy

  • Ability to type 40 wpm.

  • QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills in a diverse population.

  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize workload and assist co-workers as needed to meet established turn around times.

  • Demonstrates ability to maintain and convey a positive team concept.

  • Able to work and handle visually offensive materials.

  • Knowledge of reagent storage and stability.

  • UNIQUE PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS, ENVIRONMENT, AND WORKING CONDITIONS: See generic job description.

    PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES

    A.Generic Job Functions: See Generic Job Description for Clinical Support Partner

    B.Unique Job Functions:

  • Process Pathology specimens according to established protocols for confirming patient identity, labeling and transport of specimens.

  • Accessions (enters) pathology cases into the Computer system.

  • Process outside specimens and requisitions according to established standards.

  • Performs clerical duties such as answering phones, distribution of reports and billing functions according to established protocols.

  • Process specimens for send out to reference laboratory.

  • Prepares tissue cassettes.

  • Performs limited testing according to established protocols.

  • Prepares reagents according to established procedures.

  • Assist with preparing the body for autopsies.

  • Prepares necessary equipment and set up for autopsies in the morgue.

  • Cleans and disinfects the gross room and morgue.

  • Properly disposes of specimens according to established standards.

  • Performs and documents maintenance on equipment according to established protocols.

  • Place supplies and reagent orders as needed to keep department adequately stocked.

  • Reviews logs, worksheets and resolves problems.

  • C. Human Resources

  • Demonstrates behavior consistent with Valley Values.

  • Proven History of good performance.

  • Proven History of good attendance.

  • Reviewed: 1/2013

    Job Qualifications:

    PREREQUISITES:

  • Associate Degree in chemistry or biological sciences or high school graduate with minimum one year experience in a laboratory, Pathology preferred.

  • Basic Data entry, computer skills.

  • Basic Medical Terminology and or anatomy

  • Ability to type 40 wpm.

  • QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills in a diverse population.

  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize workload and assist co-workers as needed to meet established turn around times.

  • Demonstrates ability to maintain and convey a positive team concept.

  • Able to work and handle visually offensive materials.

  • Knowledge of reagent storage and stability.

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