Medical Technologist - Chemistry
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL

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The following information in red applies only to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Physician Group applicants for staff level positions.

As part of completing the application process, you will be required to complete an online-assessment which will be sent to your e-mail following the submission of your resume. This questionnaire should take you approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Please note that your application will not be considered until there is a finalized assessment on file. If you have previously taken this assessment, you will not be required to take it again. We appreciate your interest in Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Northwestern Lake Forest applicants will not be required to take the assessment at this time.

QUALIFICATIONS : Required : Bachelors Degree in Medical Technology, Chemistry, Biology, or Allied Health; Appropriate education credits as defined in CLIA 88 regulations to qualify individual as a Medical Technologist. Preferred : M.T., H., C., B.B., M., I., certified through the ASCP Board of Registry.

Must be able to work full-time, 2nd shift (3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with rotating days.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : A Medical Technologist performs test procedures in a clinical laboratory and conveys the results to the physician or designee in an accurate and timely manner for the purpose of patient diagnosis and treatment. TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITIES - Performs all aspects of pre-analytic workflow appropriate for the specific laboratory section to ensure orders are entered correctly, specimens collected are appropriate for the test ordered and are correctly process/transported; Verifies order where necessary; Verifies non-patient information (e.g., collection time) according to established protocol; Handles unresolved orders, troubleshoots where needed; Verifies with physician and/or nurses prior to LIS order entry to resolve unclear, duplicate or otherwise ambiguous orders; Verifies specimens for add-on tests are available and acceptable and generates add-on test orders; Recognizes when fraud and abuse compliance issues require adjustments to the test order; Collecting, receiving and processing of specimens: 1) Verifies specimens are correctly and completely labeled upon receipt; Evaluates specimens for appropriateness and takes necessary corrective action; Appropriately documents unacceptable specimens; 2) Prioritizes specimen processing based on established priorities; 3) Aliquots specimens according to established protocols; Recognizes when fraud and abuse compliance issues require adjustments to the test order; Performs all aspects of analytical testing appropriate for the specific laboratory section; Maintains test system integrity: 1) Performs preventative maintenance on instruments/equipment in a timely fashion according to defined schedule; 2) Verifies reagents and supplies meet defined acceptability criteria upon receipt and prior to use; takes action to ensure unacceptable items are removed from use; 3) Ensures that sufficient reagents and supplies necessary for test performance are available; Notifies senior staff when minimum inventory level is encountered; 4) Performs and records all necessary quality control (QC) required for test system performance; 5) Evaluates QC results and takes necessary corrective actions according to established protocol; Performs specimen preparation: 1) Performs any necessary pretest specimen preparation according to protocols (e.g., microbiology plating, cell cultures, filtering, extraction, separation, elution absorption, etc.); Performs tests: 1) Prioritizes testing based on assignment or established priorities, completes testing within defined turn-around-times; 2) Recognizes the need for and follows any age-specific protocols; 3) Responds effectively to changes in the workflow by coordinating a simultaneous series of tests when needed or adjusting work to incorporate STAT tests or fluctuations in work volume; 4) Monitors daily workflow, overseeing and adjusting staff assignments (e.g., breaks, tasks) and priorities, to meet service levels; Performs technical review and interpretation: 1) Reviews results for completeness, correctness, and consistency within defined test system; 2) Evaluates test results/reactions and provides accurate interpretations as appropriate to include correlation with, and integration of, other patient data as necessary; 3) Performs visual interpretation/identifications as appropriate; 4) Recognizes unusual test results/interpretations and complete indicated reflex testing or other follow-up actions; 5) Follows established notification protocols for critical values, phone/fax results requests, abnormalities; Troubleshoots and solves problems: 1) Recognizes test system performance problems and takes necessary corrective actions; 2) Recognizes when unresolved problems need to be escalated and takes necessary follow-up action; 3) Prints pending logs and follows-up to ensure pending tests are completed or cancelled when appropriate; Post-test specimen storage: 1) Stores specimens and related materials (blood, slides, tissues, etc) according to protocols for location and duration; 2) Retrieves specimen and related materials when needed. AA/EOE

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