A Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist/ Medical Laboratory Scientist at this level performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. The E-N-W Technologists rotates on a regular basis through the above-mentioned work assignments in the SLVHCS Clinical Pathology Lab. The ENW team member function mainly in the "Core Laboratory" areas: Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, and Blood Bank. He/She maintains competency in all lab Sections to assist in completing the workload as assigned. The Tour of Duty includes all shifts covered by the Evening/ Night/ Weekend /and Holiday team. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist - Lab Generalist include, but are not limited, to the following: Duties: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technology occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures in the Chemistry Section; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Receives, accessions, and processes incoming samples per SOP from all areas of the hospital and outlying clinics. Advanced and complex procedures include, but are not limited to, performing manual differentials, estimating WBC & Platelet counts from stained peripheral blood smears, manual hematocrits, manual microscopic examination of urine sediments; culture setup and smear prep and reading, Screening for infectious diseases on a variety of PCR and Molecular instruments, Blood Culture evaluation & reporting; ABO, Rh, Antibody Screening, Crossmatch, Antibody Identification, component preparation and dispensing/ inventory maintenance and performing CAP proficiency testing. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory. Recognizes deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction in these same departments (Chemistry, Hematology, Immunochemistry, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicines and Urinalysis) and initiates corrective actions as deemed appropriate. Informs the supervisor of malfunctions and status of corrective actions implemented. Follows standard operating procedures (SOP) in all applicable areas to assure accuracy of laboratory results. Verifies and reports results in a timely manner and communicates critical results per Pathology Service policy for Reporting of Critical Laboratory Values. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, taking into account physiologic processes and requirements for all departments in the laboratory on the alternate tour shift. Performs and documents quality control and quality assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance. Maintains the confidentiality of medical records by adhering to applicable HIPPA and ADP guidelines for all patient medical data. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity and specific factors that influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures as necessary (reflex tests). Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees, Pathology residents and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Follows safety policies, universal precautions and uses personal protective equipment (PPE) for which the incumbent has been issued and trained to use for the task being performed per facility Safety and Infection Control policies. Manages reagent and expendables inventory to ensure patient testing is not interrupted and utilizes laboratory supplies in a cost-effective manner with a minimum of waste. Receives, accessions, and process incoming samples per SOP from all areas of the hospital and outlying clinics. Participates in Section Performance Improvement project as assigned. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 3:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.;4:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.; 12:oo a.m.-8:00 a.m. Rotating Weekends and Holidays. Subject to change based on agency needs. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Will be considered for highly qualified applicants. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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