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