- Performs various laboratory tests and procedures while adhering to standard operating procedures on patient specimens to assist in the diagnosis, study and treatment, or prevention of disease.
- Upholds the values of the organization including providing and demonstrating exemplary customer service skills throughout the preanalytical, analytical and post analytical processes.
- May supervise employees in a laboratory or laboratory section. May perform tests including but not limited to standardized and semi-routine biological, chemical, hematological, immunological, immunohematological, microbiological, and serological tests in a research or clinical laboratory.
- Performs preventive and advanced maintenance on laboratory instruments and calibrates equipment and instruments as required.
- Operates laboratory equipment and troubleshoots equipment and instrument malfunctions. Communicates with service representatives when necessary to correct malfunctions. May serve as key operator for implementation of new equipment and procedures. Prepares reagents as needed.
- Monitors and ensures adequate inventory supply. May be responsible for ordering. Responsible for quality control. Assists in gathering data to monitor quality improvement standards and in preparing reports.
- Evaluates the validity of acceptable specimens and test results; compares them to previous results and other laboratory data.
- Identifies critical values, confirms and reports following standard operating procedures.
- In complex cases, evaluates all information and determines whether test results should be released, repeated, or referred to a pathologist. Refers abnormal or unexpected results to the appropriate individual(s).
- Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient information, equipment, and test results to comply with regulations.
- Documents corrective actions taken for out of range test values.
- Performs required calculation and reports results by phone and/or computer. Maintains clean, orderly and safe work area.
- May serve on laboratory's safety committee; write and maintain safety and infection control policies and procedures, and ensure correct Safety Data Sheets are maintained.
- Complies with hospital and laboratory safety and infection control policies and procedures to prevent exposure to infectious materials.
- May monitor staff during safety compliance audits or drills. Audits computer reports to ensure that scheduled tests have been completed.
- Assists in gathering data to monitor quality improvement standards and in preparing reports. Independently research and assist in development of new procedures; compile and evaluate data and perform statistical analyses.
- May be responsible for section's data base files and/or assist in software testing. May use server and network management skills to maintain consistent and uniform network and data communication.
- Troubleshoots computer hardware related problems and oversees system backups. May serve as access coordinator for the department including local applications. Assists in writing, reviewing and revising departmental policies, procedures, and related forms in accordance with local, state, federal, and regulatory guidelines. Assists with staff scheduling; provides input into staff evaluations.
- Assists in assigning and prioritizing workload. Educates staff and students by demonstrating procedures and assisting in orientation and continuing education activities.
- May teach medical technology theory and techniques while providing guidance to lower level technologists; develop teaching plans and student assessment tools; prepare written examinations.
- Coordinates instruction of employees and students for a laboratory section. Attends educational in-services as appropriate.
- Maintains certification as required. Works with leader to formulate plan for professional development.
- Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments.
- May perform venipuncture or capillary puncture to obtain blood specimen. Perform other related duties as required.
- Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology, or a chemical, physical or biological science.
- Other bachelor's degree will be accepted if graduated from an accredited school and science and math coursework meet requirements of certifying agency.
- Bachelor's degree may be waived for a medical technologist who was ASCP certified in the years prior to the bachelor's degree requirement by ASCP and a HEW/HHS technologist certified by Health and Human Services.
- Certified by one of the following accreditation agencies: MT (ASCP), MLS (ASCP), MT (AMT), MT (HHS or HEW), MT (AAB), generalist or categorical if applicable.
- Two (2) years of experience required.
- Three (3) years preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.