Medical Laboratory Technician

Job Summary: 

Responsible for: 

  • Proper specimen collection, handling and corresponding orders for diagnostic testing.
  • Performance and appropriate documentation of diagnostic testing.
  • Accurate and timely reporting of diagnostic testing.
  • Performance and interpretation of Quality Control/Calibration and participation in all quality assessment activities.
  • Maintaining clinical competency through on-going education and professional development.
  • Providing education and training to students, other professional and non-professional staff.
  • Performance of testing in accordance with regulatory and compliance guidelines.
  • Assigned special projects/functions as determined by Laboratory Management.

Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development and possesses the ability to respond to specific issues and data reflective of the patient/customer’s status. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for the population served in the department.

Birth – 1 yr          1 – 11 yrs         12 – 17 yrs        18 – 65 yrs        over 65 yrs

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Infancy             Pediatrics        Adolescent          Adulthood         Geriatric

Responsibilities, Expectations & Standards:

  • Commitment to the daily application of Community Memorial Hospital and Clinic Avera’s mission, vision, and core values to serve patients, their families, and our community.
  • Promote Community Memorial Hospital and Clinic Avera values of compassion, hospitality, and stewardship.
  • Uphold Community Memorial’s standards of Communication, Attitude, Responsiveness, and Excellence (CARE) with enthusiasm and sincerity.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work effectively in a team environment, coordinating work flow with other team members and ensuring a productive and efficient environment.
  • Comply with safety principles, laws, regulations and standards associated with, but not limited to CMS, Joint Commission, and OSHA.
  • Facilitates and maintains effective communications with staff, other departments, visitors and patients.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coordinates specimen collection with phlebotomy staff, routinely performs venous or capillary blood collection on inpatients, outpatients, or outreach clients.
  • Instructs patients/clients on proper pre-analytical specimen collection, specimen handling, and storage guidelines for various body fluids.
  • Operates all aspects of the Laboratory Information System (LIS) to include: test orders, result reporting, Q.C. documentation, etc.
  • Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots a variety of automated analyzers according to standard operating procedure.
  • Performs a variety of manual test procedures according to standard operating procedure.
  • Organizes/prioritizes workload throughout shift for maximum efficiency and result reporting turn-around.
  • Responds to all requests for technical information, test results, specimen collection information, appropriate test utilization, etc.
  • Interprets test results based on reference ranges and diagnosis.
  • Performs testing under regulatory and compliance guidelines.
  • Provides education and training to students, other professional and non-professional staff.
  • Actively participates in the Laboratory Quality Management program.
  • Order supplies, if needed

Marginal Job Functions:

  • Unpacking supplies, management of inventory.
  • Specimen accessioning.
  • Distribution of test results (printed, electronic, phone, fax etc.)
  • Answers telephone and directs calls.
  • Management of multiple tasks simultaneously.

Essential Physical Demands:

Must possess good manual dexterity.  Extensive standing required. Moderate walking, bending, sitting and lifting required. Microscope and computer work which involves extended use of fine motor skills and near visual acuity.

Work Environment:

Regular exposure to infectious/hazardous materials. Required use of appropriate personal protective equipment

Equipment Used to Perform Job:

  • LIS – PC workstation, printers, label printers, file servers, interfaces.
  • Chemistry, immunochemistry, hematology, coagulation and blood bank analyzers.
  • POC-Arterial Blood Gas, Glucometer, Triage meter
  • Microbiology/Serology – automated blood culture, bacterial identification and sensitivity testing.
  • General – Microscopes, pipettes, timers, counters, miscellaneous lab ware.
  • Clerical/Support – Specimen collection supplies: collection containers, etc.; telephone, filing systems, printers, FAX, copier.
  • Personal Protective Equipment/safety Equipment – gloves, masks, safety devices with engineered safety controls (needles, syringes etc).

Mental Requirements:

☐ Reading, simple                               ☐ spatial                                 ☒ tending

☒ Reading, complex                            ☒ form                                    ☒ precision working

☐ Writing, simple                                ☒ clerical                                ☒ follow instructions

☒ Writing, complex                             ☒ compiling                            ☒ influence others

☐ Math skills, simple                           ☒ coordinating                        ☒ time requirement

☒ Math skills, complex                        ☒ analyzing                             ☐ memorization

☐ Tasks, simple                                   ☒ synthesizing                         ☒ problem solving

☒ Tasks, complex                                ☒ supervising                          ☒ independent judgment

☐ Driving                                            ☒ instructing                           ☒ decision making

Potential Job Stressors:

  • Performs work under time constraints and interruptions.
  • Assigned weekend and/or night rotations, call, holidays.
  • Coping with changes in staffing, workload volume.
  • Emergency/Trauma situations.
  • Performance of solo work, especially on the night shift call, weekends, and holidays.
  • Inaccuracy may result in life-threatening consequences.
  • Frequent interaction with clients/students.

Education:

Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

Licenses/Certificates:

Certification required: MLT, CLT, MLS, or equivalent.

Experience:

Minimum 6 months Clinical internship/education as part of Associate Degree Program

Schedule:

Varying shifts including weekend, call, and holiday rotations

 

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