Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Heart of America Medical Center
  • Rugby, ND
  • Jun 29, 2020
Laboratory Technician

Job Description

General Information Job Title: Medical Laboratory Technician Location: 800 SOUTH MAIN AVE RUGBY, ND, 58368 United States Contact Information Name: Deb Knain Phone: 701-776-5455 ext 2347 Email: dknain@hamc.com Description JOB SUMMARY The Medical laboratory technician position assigned to the Laboratory is provide laboratory analysis.   TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:       The work area is mainly in the lab department, but may require drawing in ICU, Acute Unit, LTNC, ER, Surgery, and the Clinic.  Age of patients varies from neonatal to geriatrics.  The department is staffed 12 hours per week day, 8 hours per weekend day with call after regular hours, during the week and/or weekends.   TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   Requires full range of body motion, occasional lifting and/or transporting of patients.  Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range and good eye-hand coordination.  Requires working under stressful conditions at times and exposure to communicable diseases, body fluids, blood and toxic substances.  Drawing blood requires bending.  Must be able to handle several projects simultaneously.  May require lifting up to 50 lbs.   MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES for Non-Waived Testing The medical technician is responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results in part or all of the clinical laboratory sections:  bacteriology, blood banking, chemistry, hematology, serology and urinalysis.  The technician is responsible to the supervisor of the laboratory.    1. Each individual performs only those Non-Waived tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training or experience, and technical abilities. a.       Need  to keep a current ND licensure, this requires 20 CEU’s every two years.   2. Each individual performing Non-Waived testing must---    a.  Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen identification,  handling and processing,         test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results;      b.  Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested            in the same manner as patient specimens; must obtain acceptable results.      c.  Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control         activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.      d.  Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test        systems are not within the laboratory's defined acceptable levels of performance.     e.  Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance        or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately        notify the laboratory general supervisor, technical supervisor or director.      f.  Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the        laboratory's established performance characteristics.   OTHER DUTIES: 3. Operates laboratory equipment, including:  Lab computer, automated chemical analyzers, electronic blood cell counter, hematology machines,  coagulation machines, Bactec, Microscan, centrifuges, microscopes, and a refractometer.    4. Collects laboratory specimens through direct patient contact and/or advises other    health care medical personnel of proper specimen collection procedures. Performs       phlebotomies, capillary punctures and venipunctures.   5. Maintains equipment, troubleshoots malfunctioning equipment, corrects    malfunctions detected when possible, calibrates equipment.   6. Prepares laboratory reagents and maintains supplies.   . 7. Integrates and relates test results in making judgments regarding possible    discrepancies and confirmation of abnormal results.   8. May be rotated to other laboratory locations and shifts, as necessary.   9. To work with all ages from neonatal to geriatric.   10. Performs other assignments as required.     11. Rotates on week-end and holiday duty at which time tech is responsible for    performing work received in laboratory.  Rotates "on call" emergency service    for after normal working hours and outpatient clinic on Saturdays.   12. When "on call" must be able to perform by oneself, making accurate and    applicable decisions.  The laboratory supervisor or their substitute is available     for more complicated decisions. Requirements QUALIFICATIONS 1.         Associate degree in a laboratory science. 2.         Until September 1, 1997, individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent and documented training appropriate for the testing performed are qualified. 3.         Must have a current Level II ND State License. Summary 13. SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES: a. Familiarizes self with and adheres to ALL facility and department safety policies     and procedures.   b. Completes ALL required annual safety training.   c. Supports and implements safety into all job responsibilities regarding self, other    employees, residents/patients and visitors.   d. Reports safety violations (or unsafe observances) to supervisor and/or department     head immediately.   e. Promotes a culture of safety to improve employee safety within the facility and/or     the department.     14. COMPLIANCE: Responsible for safeguarding the privacy and security of protected health     information (PHI) in any form including electronic, written or oral.   STANDARDS: a. Responsible for safeguarding any PHI or EPHI seen, used or disclosed during this position’s normal job functions as stated in the above job responsibilities based on the HIPAA privacy polices and procedures.   b. Responsible to conduct any oral discussions of PHI with other staff or with patients and family members in a manner that limits the possibility of inadvertent disclosures.   c. Responsible for maintaining strict confidentiality with any unintentional access to PHI whether written or oral.   d. Responsible for reporting suspected violations of the safeguarding of PHI or EPHI by any GSHA employee or business associate.   e. Responsible to ensure that the use or disclosure of PHI or EPHI not routinely available to this position must be coordinated with the HIPAA Privacy Officer or designee.     15. Exhibits professional attitude, leadership role and team member abilities.  Maintains a   positive professional role throughout the facility and community.             a. Exhibits a positive professional approach when dealing with the public, and demonstrates solution-oriented involvement with problems of facility, staff and patients.   b. Attendance and involvement in management meetings, CQI, and voluntary groups/ committees.   c. Good communication with subordinates and peers.   d. Shows initiative and follow-through in work projects.   e. Values and pursues professional education and self-improvement.   f. Timeliness of reports, i.e., evaluations, CQI reporting.   16. Hardwiring Excellence – responsible to know and adhere to evidence based leadership to achieve excellence.             a. Standards of Behavior.             b. Key Words at Key Times - AIDET