ROLE: Performs technical laboratory testing in the clinic laboratory.
SUPERVISION: Reports to the Lab Manager, Lab Director, Clinic Administrator, and Physicians.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Frequent standing and walking for extended periods of time. Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds. Requires visual acuity and normal color perception. It is necessary to view and type on computer screens and to work in an environment which can be congested with equipment and personnel. Use of tools to do minor repairs and service to instrumentation. Ability to adhere to OSHA Blood Borne Rules of wearing protective covering on hands and extra liquid resistant covering over the rest of the body.
- Performs chemical analysis of blood and other body fluids to determine chemical components.
- Ability to perform phlebotomy procedures on patients.
- Mounts, stains, and examines smears under microscope.
- Performs hematological examinations making complete blood counts. Examines smears for irregularities in specimens.
- Performs a variety of blood tests as ordered for patient care .
- Work requires critical accuracy, identification of patients, specimen labeling at a fast pace and in stressful situations. Takes the necessary remedial actions if needed.
- Performs quality control checks of instruments, solutions, and test results against established standards.
Ensures QC and QA programs are established and followed.
- Performs routine laboratory procedures.
- Knowledgeable about reagents, stains, and other chemical solutions.
- Inventories laboratory supplies. Cleans equipment and work areas. Disposes of contaminated materials.
- Checks in patient specimens and enters test results and other pertainant information on report forms.
- Collects data, prepares reports, answers correspondence, and compiles statistics as directed.
- Attends required meetings and participates in committees as requested.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Additional hours of time needed with little or no notice especially late in the eve.
- Ensures there are approved procedure manuals available.
- Performs related work as required.
Knowledge of current medical terminology to perform full range of laboratory related tasks. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and testing to perform quality control checks and troubleshooting of instrumentation. Knowledge of medical terminology to communicate with medical staff regarding laboratory procedures and results. Skill in performing a full range of laboratory tests. Skill in anticipating and reacting calmly to emergency situations. Skill in developing and maintaining department quality assurance. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public. Ability to read and understand information about instrumentation in laboratory field. Ability to follow written protocols. Ability to work independently. Ability to communicate clearly.