JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs standardized and semi-routine biological, chemical, hematological, immunological, immunohemotological, microbiological, and serological tests in a research or clinical laboratory. May perform tests in one scientific discipline or perform selected tests in multiple disciplines. Provides guidance to lower level technologists and assists in administrative activities, staff and student education, research and/or safety and infection control programs. Performs other related duties as required. Properly uses laboratory equipment such as computers, centrifuges, balances, microscopes, spectrophotometers, auto-analyzers, cell counters, pH meters, and blood gas analyzers. Calibrates, performs preventive maintenance, and troubleshoots equipment and instrument malfunctions. Communicates with service representatives when necessary to correct malfunctions. Prepares reagents as needed. Monitors inventories; advises when supplies need to be reordered. May set up new equipment. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Enters test results into computer. May be responsible for section's data base files. 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. Maintains clean, orderly and safe work area. Complies with hospital and laboratory safety and infection control polices and procedures to prevent exposure to infectious materials. May serve on laboratory's safety committee; write and maintain safety and infection control policies and procedures and Material Safety Data Sheets. May monitor staff during safety compliance audits or drills. Educates staff and students by demonstrating procedures and assisting in orientation and continuing education activities. May teach medical technology theory and techniques; develop teaching plans and student assessment tools; prepare written examinations. Ensures collection of adequate and acceptable specimens. Analyzes patient specimens using standard and moderately complex laboratory tests. Performs selected procedures on specimens. Performs required calculations. Reports results by phone and/or computer. Evaluates the validity of test results; compares to previous results and other laboratory data. Identifies critical values and confirms results by alternative methods. In complex cases, evaluates all information and determines whether test results should be released, repeated, or referred to a pathologist. Audits computer reports to ensure that scheduled tests have been completed. Assists in gathering data to monitor quality improvement standards and in preparing reports. May perform venipuncture or capillary puncture to obtain blood specimen. May independently research and assist in development of new procedures; compile and evaluate data and perform statistical analyses.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical lab science or a chemical, physical or biological science. Other bachelor's degree will be accepted if graduated from an accredited school of medical technology or if science and math coursework meet requirement 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.Two years of medical technology experience. (Medical Laboratory Technician experience is pro-rated). Certification by one of the following accreditation agencies: MT (ASCP), MLS(ASCP) or categorical, MT(NCA), MT(AMT), MT(HHS or HEW).
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.