Assumes, under the direction of the Director, Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement and equipment maintenance. Accurately and promptly performs a variety of chemical, microscopic and bacteriologic tests to obtain data for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Responds to physicians and hospital staff in a professional manner, remembering that patient care is our first concern.
Flexible schedules to cover all shifts and weekends, as hospital needs demand.
1. Patient Care:
- Performs laboratory procedures in a timely manner, documents required information and communications to primary physician and direct care staff any pertinent information with special regard for Neonates, Pediatrics, Adults, and Geriatrics.
- Coordinates and assists in the care of patients to deliver timely, high quality patient testing results with special regard for Neonates, Pediatrics, Adults, and Geriatrics.
- Collaborates with staff, physicians, patients and family members to provide information necessary for the delivery of high quality patient care. Responds to physicians and hospital staff in a professional manner. Demonstrates positive interpersonal communication skills when relating to external customers.
Utilizes effective problem solving skills.
- Maintains a high degree of professionalism towards patients. Informs and explains procedures to patients (and/or family members, as appropriate) and what is expected in terms of his/her cooperation with special regard for Neonates, Pediatrics, Adults, and Geriatrics.
- Maintains confidentiality of all patient information.
- Applies the principles of Performance Improvement and works in a team environment to improve patient outcomes.
- Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
2. Staff/Unit Responsibilities:
- Knows the mission and vision of the organization.
- Uses resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.
- Participates in peer review.
- Participates in developing other staff and affiliating students.
- Maintains and develops own professional competencies.
- Maintains and promotes a team spirit through active cooperation and collaboration.
- Assists in interdepartmental service coordination.
- Actively participates in the Performance Improvement and Utilization
- Assumes a role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery system.
- Assists in directing and guiding staff in the coordination of unit operations.
- Assists in all aspects of care in the environment, such as safety, housekeeping, infection control, and supply and equipment management.
- Attends 80% of in-services and departmental meetings.
- Help provide staff to other areas of the hospital when needed.
3. Department Responsibilities:
- Complies with established quality control procedures. Takes and recommends corrective action and ensures proper documentation.
- Completes proficiency surveys as assigned within the time frame given for completion. Adheres to all established procedures on handling and processing survey material. Assists in the review of survey results, implements corrective action, and participates in remedial training as assigned by the Team Leader, Laboratory.
- Complies with established maintenance and troubleshooting guidelines, and documents preventative maintenance for all patient testing equipment.
Ensures equipment is in good working order and promptly reports malfunctions or suspicious performance. Recognizes malfunctions and takes appropriate corrective action. Assists in validation of instrument and test performance in compliance with regulatory agencies and manufacturers recommendations.
- Gives input to Team Leader, Laboratory concerning operational and capital budget planning and implementation. Effective in cost control and resource utilization.
- Assists the Team Leader, Laboratory as requested in competency assessment, review and update of job descriptions, performance evaluation functions and procedure manual revisions.
- Serves as a resource to hospital staff concerning Clinical Laboratory services and patient test result interpretation. Appropriately refers questions that are beyond the scope of service and knowledge.
- Accepts assignment of responsibilities within the Point of Care testing program as requested by the Team Leader, Laboratory.
- Assists in the development and ongoing performance of the information systems.
- Assists in the selection of equipment, supplies or other resources for departmental operation.
Education: Associate's degree or completion of course work in an accredited program for medical laboratory technicians is required as a minimum qualification. Preferred is a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in medical technology, including completion of one year of training in an approved school of medical technology.
Licensure/ Certification: ASCP or equivalent registry.
Experience: Minimum of 2 years generalist clinical laboratory experience preferred. New graduates may be considered at the discretion of the Team Leader, Laboratory.
Essential Technical/Motor Skills: Performs at a proficient level, all tasks within the specialty area. Able to operate all appropriate clinical equipment in a safe and appropriate manner. Able to perform the necessary functions on the facility's computer system.
Interpersonal Skills: Must be able to interact and communicate in English, both orally and written, with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and families in an effective manner, exhibiting tact, enthusiasm, and patience. Must be able to be sensitive to cultural and bilingual issues.
Essential Physical Requirements: Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination. Able to stand and walk for long periods of time. Able to lift/push/pull patients to transport and/or reposition. Able to lift and carry equipment and supplies up to 30 lbs.
Essential Mental Abilities: Requires good communication and organizational skills. Requires reasoning ability and good independent judgment. Requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Requires working with frequent interruptions. Able to comprehend and interpret complex clinical subject matter related to specialty.
Essential Sensory Requirements: Requires corrected hearing and vision within a normal range and ability to distinguish color. Able to read, write, speak and understand English.
Exposure to Hazards: Requires exposure to communicable diseases and potentially contaminated body fluids and hazardous materials. OSHA risk factor: Category I. Possible risk of physical injury due to moving machinery and supplies.
Other: Understands the mission and vision of the hospital. Operates within the concept of patient focused care. Evolves into an effective team member. Must adhere to dress code; good grooming and personal hygiene habits; and strict adherence to attendance policies. Maintains knowledge of and conforms to hospital policies and procedures.
A little about us:
HCA is the nation’s leading private provider of healthcare services. Comprised of locally managed facilities which include 230,000 employees at over 160 hospitals, over 120 surgery centers and 100 urgent care facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom