23rd September, 2021
The Medical Technologist performs laboratory procedures using established and approved protocols that require the broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision. Demonstrates the ability to maintain equipment and records, and to perform quality assurance activities related to test performance. Functions as an educator, shift leader or researcher within the clinical laboratory as needed. All individuals in this job classification meet the qualifications necessary to perform highly complex testing as defined by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Identifies opportunities to improve patient experience. Participates in projects/programs designed to enhance service delivery and patient satisfaction.
• Identifies opportunities to improve the Environment of Care, and patient and staff safety. Participates in projects and programs designed to create a safe environment to avoid error.
• Evaluates and solves problems related to the collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
• Performs complex laboratory procedures demonstrating knowledge of technical theory, recognizes deviation from expected results, and analyzes/corrects problems using scientific principles.
• Analyzes quality control data, makes judgments concerning the results, and tracks appropriate action to maintain accuracy and precision.
• Follows established procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis utilizing established safety practices.
• Performs proficiency testing.
• Performs accurate data entry into, accesses information from and maintains operational proficiency of the laboratory information system (LIS).
• Communicates test results, methodology and test specificity/specific factors that can influence test results in accordance with Laboratory policy.
• Participates in evaluations of new techniques and procedures in the Laboratory in terms of personnel, equipment, space, method comparison, cost analysis and the establishment of reference intervals. Writes and revises technical procedures.
• Develops special projects as assigned.
• Functions as shift leader in the absence of a section supervisor or the Laboratory Manager.
• Participates in licensure issues and safety compliance plans.
• Reports LIS/HIS problems to the appropriate technical support services.
• Keeps all areas neat, clean and well stocked.
• Functions as a lecture instructor in the School of Clinical Laboratory Science, as assigned.
• Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction of new employees/students and in the laboratory’s in service/continuing education program.
• Gives direction and guidance to Medical Laboratory Technicians, medical technology students and support personnel.
• Works with patients of all ages. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient.
• Performs other duties as assigned or requested.
• Actively promotes and supports the development and operation of the facility.
• Participates in section and general Laboratory meetings.
• Communicates effectively with all members of the Laboratory staff and actively functions as a team player in all Laboratory and hospital activities.
• Knows the identity of the Compliance Officer and is aware of how to contact him/her regarding questions or concerns.
• Understands the intent, importance and function of the facility Compliance Plan, including knowledge of how to report suspected fraudulent activities.
• Department (Section) competencies in each of the following areas will be determined based on specific roles within the Laboratory: Microbiology, Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank/Coagulation and Phlebotomy.
• Attends five (5) units of Continuing Education Programs annually.
Department Specific Accountabilities
• Maintains department specific accountabilities as determined, maintained, and housed within each unit’s Scope of Service.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Knowledge of laboratory standards and practices normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology or related field.
• Possesses active Medical Technology (MT-ASCP) or CLS-NCA certification
• Annual competencies as required by facility and/or various regulatory agencies based on entity and/or job position.
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