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About the Role:
The Lead Technologist is responsible for the ongoing assessment of test systems and for ensuring timely and accurate testing in the clinical area to which they are assigned. Because of their experience and level of expertise, they are also responsible for the training and supervision of other staff technologists and technicians. The clinical areas that might designate a lead technologist are: Blood Bank, Hematology, Microbiology, Specimen Processing and Chemistry. The lead technologist must maintain sufficient clinical and managerial expertise to function as an assistant to the Laboratory Section Supervisor and perform those duties in the Section Supervisor's absence. Also, the lead technologist is expected to display initiative, excellent verbal and written communication skills and be proactive in dealing with the day-to-day responsibilities and problem resolution in the department. This leadership role requires working closely with the Lab Section Supervisor, Lab Administration, Pathologists. This position will care for patients in the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups. Employee performs clinical duties in accordance with population specific guidelines and adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as outlined in policy and procedures.
Minimum Job Qualifications
Licensure or other certifications: ASCP, NCA, or AMT. Meets the requirements of the State of Georgia.
Educational Requirements: Bachelors Degree. Technologist should have Medical Technology training through an accredited school and successful completion of examination approved from one the following agencies (ASCP, NCA, AAB and HEW) or Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution. *Technologist who possess the technician qualification under provisions above and recently moved into state or completed the academic and/or training requirements may be temporarily classified once as technicians for 18 months to afford them an opportunity to successfully complete an approved qualifying exam.
Minimum Experience: Technical expertise in Medical Technology.
Preferred Job Qualifications
Preferred Licensure or other certifications:
Preferred Educational Requirements:
Preferred Experience: Five (5) years (not including internship and education).
Job Specific and Unique Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Technical expertise in Medical Technology
Demonstrates good clinical practices and techniques
Demonstrates leadership skills and abilities
Exhibits good performance
Essential Tasks and Responsibilities
Has ability to assess test systems for precision and accuracy and work independently in the clinical lab department that they are assigned such as: Blood Bank, Hematology, Microbiology, Specimen Processing and Chemistry. Has ability to assess test systems for precision and accuracy and work independently in the clinical lab department that they are assigned such as: Blood Bank, Hematology, Microbiology, Specimen Processing and Chemistry. Completes at least 10 hours of continuing education to enhance professional growth and development. Possesses advanced knowledge of Laboratory testing as evidenced by compliance with policy, procedure, and protocols.Demonstrates proficiency in reviewing and ascertaining accuracy ofresults and QC problems. Demonstrates preparedness with clinical data when placing and receiving phone calls to/from the MD. Performs equipment calibration and maintenance as needed.Demonstrates advanced competency and skill proficiency in operating or troubleshooting Laboratory equipment.Demonstrates advanced competency and skill proficiency in interpretation of results. Identifies and reports abnormal findings appropriately with the appropriate section supervisor. Provides evidence of quality control review to insure accurate patient testing. Prioritizes testing appropriately as required by laboratory policy.Completes all testing according to department policy and established time frame with less than three discrepancies per year as documented by variance report.Recognizes and reports significant variations in test results to section supervisor in atimely manner and can initiate corrective action. Prioritizes work to meet turnaround requirements that are set by Laboratory Administration. Functions effectively as a preceptor of students or new staff as assigned. Directs clinical training to enhance learning, achieve specific objectives, and promote skill mastery. Utilizes opportunities to maximize ability as a floater technologist as time allows.Functions effectively in the role of intermittent relief or routine technologist as needed.
Document Management. Documentation of records to maintain laboratory accreditation with CAP, AABB,GDHR, and JCAHO.Consults with the appropriate section supervisor on questionable laboratory results. Assists section supervisor in preparation for inspections.Reviews all manuals asassigned. Follows the fax/call policy for criticals and documents properly. Ensures that controls and correlations are performed per policy and are documented appropriately. Completes amended result forms for correlation with clerical error report as required by CAP.Reviews pending logs and independently resolves problems with samples.Enters documentation such as "repeated, call to, consistent with previous results" in LIS when recording abnormal/critical values.
Customer Satisfaction. Greets the patient and/or family upon arrival to the laboratory. Controls noise related to staff in the laboratory.Reminds others of the need to maintain aquiet workplace environment. Answers phone in a timely and courteous manner.Transfers calls and relays messages as needed.Maintain confidentiality of patient information. Effectively communicates with physicians and nurses in order to obtain the necessaryinformation that will ensure accurate laboratory testing.
Code of Conduct. Volunteers for assignment on alternate shifts. Is knowledgeable about all relevant laboratory billing and coding compliance issues. Is able to identify and report any potential laboratory coding or billing problems or concerns. Practices infection control precautions consistently with particular emphasis on proper hand washing.Maintains a safe, comfortable, clean environment as evidenced by an absence of identified injuries or events due to failure to follow policy. Demonstrates autonomy and initiative in problem identification and resolution.Reports problems as opportunities for improvement to leadership.Determines if problems are system failures, knowledge deficits, or behavior deficits.Identifies remedial actions that will minimize or correct the negative effect. Keeps informed regarding current issues.Reads memos each workday and attends staff meetings. Offers assistance to and accepts assistance from other staff.Provides support to staff during the shift to facilitate completion of work by shift end. Expedites change of shift activities to assure accurate and timely laboratory testing. Ensures that all lab compliance documents (i.e. OP requisitions, Clinipac orders, special orders) are properly executed and maintained appropriately .
Weight Lifted: Up to 50 lbs, Frequently 31-65% of time
Weight Carried: Up to 20 lbs, Frequently 31-65% of time
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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. Through the services of a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, the residents of northeast Georgia enjoy access to the state's finest and most comprehensive medical services. It is our mission to improve the health of our community in all we do.
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