Performs clinical laboratory tests in Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Serology, and Phlebotomy using established laboratory policies and procedures. Must be aware of existing and potential problems that affect testing and test results and implement actions to correct problems before test results are reported. Routinely performs Quality Control, Calibration, Proficiency Testing and Preventative Maintenance to ensure proper function of laboratory instrumentation.
*Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS CLEARFIELD policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations
1. Demonstrates appropriate knowledge necessary to perform Laboratory duties.
a. Collection and handling of specimens.
1a. (1.) Daily enters patient demographic information, test orders completely and correctly into computer system.
1a. (2.) Collects and correctly labels all routine and stat specimens using age specific technique appropriately, within the time frame defined by the requesting status and according to established policies.
1a. (3.) Collects and labels urine drug screen specimens correctly using chain of custody procedure.
1a. (4.) Collects legal blood alcohol specimens according to collection procedure and state laws.
1a. (5.) Evaluates specimens for acceptability according to Specimen Rejection Policy.
b. Processing of specimens
1b. (1.) Performs routine and specialized laboratory tests following written procedure in the laboratory procedure manuals.
1b. (2.) Assures the quality control results fall within the expected or standard deviation ranges prior to reporting patient results.
1b. (3.) Performs and documents all maintenance, calibration, and troubleshooting on instrumentation and procedures according to maintenance schedule or as needed based on laboratory results.
c. Reporting results
1c. (1) Reports Stat test results according to the policy.
1c. (2) Records all blood bank results accurately and legibly in logbook and on requisition at the time of specimen processing.
1c. (3.) Verifies all questionable results before reporting in accordance with specific departmental procedures.
1c. (4.) Corrects results if necessary and documents corrections according to laboratory policy.
1c. (5.) Reports critical values according to critical value policy
1c. (6.) Reports lab results only to persons authorized to receive results according to lab policy.
2. Assists MLT and support staff.
a. Assists Medical Laboratory Technicians and support staff with technical problem solving, troubleshooting and correction of lab results as requested.
3. Participates in continuing education programs that enhance and update the department
a. Attends at least one external continuing education program annually.
b. Attends 90% of monthly general staff meetings.
c. Attends mandatory inservice education programs as outlined in hospital and department policies.
d. Performs a proficiency test in at least one area at an 80% competency level on an annual basis.
e. Assists in the evaluation and development of new or revised instrumentation and procedures as needed.
f. Assists and documents orientation and training of employees according to dept. policy/procedure.
4. Demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to hospital and department policies and procedures.
a. Consistently generates pending workload reports and discusses with next shift personnel.
b. Maintains supply inventory and rotates stock to eliminate waste.
c. Evaluates workload and assigns staff in the absence of laboratory supervisor.
d. Exhibits flexibility by fulfilling other position duties and responsibilities or expanding current duties as updated
5. Must be able to demonstrate competency to provide appropriate care to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned area. The skills and knowledge needed to provide such care must be gained through education, training or experience.
a. Identifies growth and development principles.
b. Demonstrates application of growth and development principles.
c. Demonstrates age-appropriate communication skills.
d. Assesses and interprets age-specific clinical data.
e. Provides patient care and performs treatments with age-specific considerations (i.e., equipment, medication administration.)
f. Involves family/significant other in plan of care.
General duties as directed.