Laboratory Technologist

Principle:

Qualifications of licensed laboratory staff must be written and used as guidelines in the evaluation of laboratory applicants. Licensed laboratory staff must have written responsibilities that will be used as guidelines for periodic performance assessments. The Medical Technologist shall be responsible for the day-to-day testing in the Cancer Center Laboratory.

Position
Qualifications:

  • Must possess a current New York State Clinical Laboratory Technologist License.ASCP or equivalent optional.
  • The Laboratory Technologist must be qualified as a medical technologist pursuant to the provisions of section 58-1.5(b) of the NYS Clinical Laboratory Subpart 58-1.
  • The Technologist must have 2 years of clinical laboratory experience; generalist preferred.
  • Pursuant to CFR 493.1489 (qualifications), each individual performing high complexity testing and under the supervision of Medical Technologist, a Technologist must have the skills required for:
  • Proper specimen collection, including patient identification and preparation, labeling,handling, preservation or fixation, processing or preparation, transportation and storage of specimens;
  • Understanding, implementing and adhering to all standard laboratory procedures;
  • Performing each test method and for proper instrument use;
  • Performing preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and calibration procedures related to each test performed according to manufacturer and/or internal policy and procedure;
  • Understanding, implementing and adhering to quality control policies and procedures;
  • Assessing and verifying the validity of patient test results through the evaluation of quality sample values prior to reporting patient test results;
  • A working knowledge of reagent stability and storage.
  • Working knowledge of laboratory information systems essential.
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills for interacting with patients, physicians, clients and co-workers.
  • Strong verbal communication skills in English for interpersonal and telephone skills.
  • Strong writing skills to include, but not limited to, legibility, neatness, and completeness of thought.
  • Detail oriented, capable of handling stress from irregular workload and demonstrate businesslike and professional attitude at all times.

Position
Responsibilities:

Pursuant to CFR 493.1495 (responsibilities), each technologist is responsible for specimen processing, test performance and reporting of test results

Each Technologist:

  • Must determine the priority of work to ensure rapid turnaround of test results.
  • Prepares reagents, standards, and controls according to manufacturer’s procedures.
  • Maintains accurate and timely database entry via the Laboratory Information System in use.
  • Performs only those moderate to high complexity 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.

Each Technologist performing high complexity testing must:

  • Follow the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses,reporting and maintaining records of patient test results;
  • Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
  • Adhere to the laboratory’s quality control policies, document all quality control activities,instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
  • Follow the laboratory’s established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the established acceptable levels of performance;
  • 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 supervisor or director.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.

The Technologist may be asked to assist in the orientation and training of new employees.

Technologist is
expected to:

  • Review the Policy and Procedure, Safety, and Infection Control manuals as required.
  • Maintain a clean, efficient, and safe work area.
  • Contribute to the team effort,
  • Exhibit flexibility and adaptability to change, unexpected circumstances, and a wide spectrum of laboratory situations.
  • Cooperate with coworkers and managers to maintain a productive and harmonious work environment.
  • The Medical Technologist must fulfill continuing education requirements of the laboratory and/or certification agency.
  • The Technologist is expected to participate in quality assurance and/or IOP projects as
    designated by the Lab Director, Lab Manager or Lab Supervisor.
  • Attends section meetings and/or in-service training sessions that communicate changes in laboratory practices and/or regulations and compliance as required OR reads and initials meeting minutes if attendance is not possible.
  • Maintains an awareness of implementation or changes in policies by reading written and electronic communications, postings, and protocols.
  • Adheres to attendance and dress code standards.

Work Contacts:

Regular daily contact with physicians, nursing staff, and center clients. Contact with Technical Service Representatives for analyzer performance issues. Regular contact with reference laboratories for consultation and coordination of services.

Independence of
Operation:

Reports to the Coordinator of Laboratory Services and Supervisor Lab Technologist. Performs duties in accordance with professional standards and established policy. Work assignments are subject to review and general direction.

Supervisor
Responisiblity:

Technologist may supervise staff performing pre-analytic procedures; Accessioners, and Laboratory Assistants. Supervisory responsibilities as assigned by Lab Manager.

Physical Demands:

  • Frequent sitting and standing; occasional walking and bending.
  • Occasional lifting of materials up to 25 pounds for distances of up to 10 feet.
  • Frequent use of computer keyboards, monitors and telephones.
  • Responsiveness to auditory alarms and communication devices which include telephones, beepers, fire alarms, and mechanical failure alarms.
  • Sufficient mobility to access equipment, patients and other customers.
  • Manual dexterity to manipulate equipment safely and efficiently.

Working
Conditions:

  • Exposure to inside environmental conditions (protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes).
  • Exposure to minimal but constant noise levels.
  • Frequent contact with water (hand washing and cleaning).
  • Repetitive hand motions.

When involved in technical functions and/or review, duties may include incidental exposure to hazards associated with:

  • Automation; close proximity to moving mechanical parts.
  • Electric currents..
  • Chemicals (reagents, carcinogens, radioactive materials, corrosives, flammables and fumes).
  • Handling of patient specimens and microorganisms.
  • Sharps.

Certain incidental functions may require use of protective gear such as face shields, gloves,and fluid resistant coats.

Acknowledements:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,duties, and skills required of employees who are classified in this job.