This position will utilize laboratory skills to perform and report results of clearly defined routine laboratory procedures which affect patient care. Work is performed under the general direction of the Laboratory Manager.
Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; ortwo to three years related experience and/or training; orequivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of an AMA approved Medical laboratory training program preferred. Must be licensed by the State of Tennessee and certified or eligible by ASCP or equivalent.
Must have excellent organization and follow-up skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent problem-solving skills; ability to organize and prioritize work assignments; ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment; ability to analyze situations and respond in a timely manner; ability to participate in multi-functional teams; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within our clinic.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Prepares specimens and paperwork and routes them to appropriate reference laboratories for testing not performed on-site.
- Maintains supplies in work area.
- Performs vital signs, assist with patient flow, and performs other duties as assigned.
- Adheres to clinic and laboratory policies and procedures to include inflection control, universal precautions and safety regulations.
- Performs, evaluates and reports laboratory testing on patient specimens with appropriate documentation.
- Maintains optimum patient specimen integrity and positive identification throughout the testing process.
- Assures that test results correlate with the patient’s diagnosis and other results; questions and verifies all incompatible results.
- Accommodates statistics and timed orders as requested and reports the results within the time established.
- Reports results promptly with appropriate documentation.
- Transcribes results to flow sheet neatly, clearly and accurately.
- Refers unsolved problems to Laboratory Manager.
- Performs and evaluates quality control with appropriate documentation in a timely manner.
- Utilizes the Orchard LIS proficiently.
- Prepares reagents properly, with the appropriate documentation, and in a timely manner to prevent delays.
- Performs and documents quality control tests in a timely manner; monitors and evaluates the QC data; resolves any problems with appropriate documentation prior to reporting patient results.
- Performs testing of proficiency samples in a timely manner; and maintains a successful performance rating on proficiency testing.
- Maintains a “work-safe” attitude and properly handles and dispose of sharps, chemical hazards and biohazards.
- Maintains adequate supplies in work area.
- Maintains work area in a clean, sanitary and clutter free condition.
- Processes laboratory reports, answers telephone calls, and assist fellow laboratory personnel.
- Delivers critical values to appropriate nurse/physician in a timely manner according to established policy.
- Handles telephone information requests promptly, with courtesy, accuracy and respect for confidentiality.
- Responsible sending out quality lab results. Also responsible for inventory of reagents and other lab supplies.
- Responsible for sendouts of labs to proper reference laboratory.
- Interfaces with Physicians, Nurses, Phlebotomists, Managers, and Research Nurses regarding lab results, lab protocols, bone marrows,and help with the process and shipment ofresearch specimens.Also interfaces with Field Service representatives, research companies and other doctor offices.
- Respects the dignity and confidentiality of patients.
- Maintains a good attendance record and report on time for work.
- Maintains a professional attitude and appearance.
- Possess good communication skills that lend to a team oriented work environment universal precautions.
- Attends staff meetings as scheduled.
- Strives to stay current with technology and issues through journal articles and/or seminars.
- Assists with the training and orientation of new employees as assigned.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Typical clinical environment with loud noise level.
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, reach, climb or balance, stoop or crouch, use hand/wrist, talk, see, and hear for extended periods of time.
- Ability to work near moving machinery and exposure to fumes, airborne particles, toxic and caustic chemicals, and risk of electric shock.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports, government regulations, common scientific and technical journals, and legal documents.Ability to respond verbally and in writing to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.Ability to effectively present information to top management, large employee groups, and /or public groups.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions given in written, oral, or diagram form.Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in routine situations.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
- Ability to lift more than 50 lbs.
- Some travel to satellite offices may be required.