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Medical Technologist

Company: East Orange General Hospital
Location: East Orange
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Job Description:

Job SummaryImplements the goals of the department by providing professional services, including performance of clinical laboratory examinations, quality control, instrument maintenance and evaluation, test management, supplies inventory and other functions necessary to the attainment of section goals.Essential FunctionsAdheres to the laboratory's procedures for the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of patient test resultsFollows the laboratory's established quality control policies and procedures in documenting all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specificationsCapable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance and either correct the problem or immediately notify your immediate supervisor, Director, or Medical DirectorPerforms a wide variety of laboratory procedures requiring independent judgment using both manual and automated methods in Hematology, Blood Bank, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Microbiology, Immunology, and any other discipline as introduced into the laboratoryPerforms and documents maintenance - daily, weekly, monthly, or as needed on instruments and equipment as appropriateReviews the accuracy of patient results prior to releasing or reportingRecognizes age specific differences in expected results for newborns to geriatricsEnsures that the testing of proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient samples and that collaboration with other laboratories is prohibited prior to the reporting of proficiency testing results to the appropriate agenciesMay be required to perform venipuncture or capillary puncture on various age groups from newborn to geriatricsAssists in the development and maintenance of laboratory policies and proceduresAdheres to all department and hospital policies and procedures related to safety, infection control, emergency preparedness, and human resources In the absence of a supervisor, may be assigned/identified as Lead Tech, having responsibility for the section or department during their shiftMay be assigned responsibilities related to LIS and/or POCTExplains procedures and lab tests to colleagues, newly hired staff, hospital personnel, students or volunteers taking into consideration language and educational level.Participates in required amount of continuing education hours for self-development and skilled job performance. (CEU's based on requirements to maintain licensure)Participates in online CME's offered by CAP Observes memorandums accordingly.Reviews all hospital and departmental policies and procedures annually.Participates in staff meetings.Ensures appropriate supplies are on hand and items are ordered in sufficient amount of time.Ensures that all supplies are stored appropriately according to manufacturer's recommendationRestocks work area with appropriate suppliesIdentifies unserviceable equipment and reports to supervisor Properly discards outdated materialDemonstrates proper procedure for rotating suppliesEnsures all reagents/QC material is annotated when openedUses proper PPE during laboratory testingUses proper technique for disposing of sharps, infectious and regulated medical wasteDisinfects and cleans work benches/areas before and after tour of duty according to protocol.Uses proper technique for managing blood and chemical spillsDemonstrates proper hand washing technique Describes procedures for managing a needle stick or blood borne pathogen exposure Politely answers the telephone and transfers calls appropriatelyAnswers phone within 3 ringsAccurately takes messages and delivers to appropriate individuals promptly.Ensures patient confidentiality at all times.Accurately and professionally conveys patient results to inquiring authorized physicians and patient care representativesMaintains professional composure and confidence during stressful situations.Will access and respond to e-mail and voice messages in a timely manner.Accepts or rejects specimens based on evaluation being aware that special criteria exist for irretrievable specimensEnsures proper specimen identification correct before accepting (i.e. account number, medical record number, date of birth, prefix, name)Performs specimen rejection procedures according to protocolContacts clinic for problem specimens and annotates in specimen rejection book.Follows through with problem specimens.Describes unit safety plan and knows location of manual in the laboratory.Understands the use/location of SDS booksDemonstrates ability to respond to codesIdentifies potential or actual unsafe environmental situations. Provides interventions to rectify unsafe situations and/or reports as necessary.Accurately documents endorsements to the covering technologist.Acknowledges endorsements from the previous staff.Follows through with colleagues and supervisor outstanding issuesPerforms and documents daily quality control and maintenanceNotifies supervisor and/or pathologist of discrepancies and problem equipmentDescribes the capabilities, limitations and special applications of each item of equipment. Demonstrates basic operating and safety procedures for equipment items. .Reports routine problems with equipment. Identifies emergency procedures in the event of equipment failure. Describes the process for reporting user errors and/or patient incidentsMaintains a complete record of all routine and emergency repairs and preventive maintenance on all equipmentParticipates in Service Improvement projectsFollows The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.Adheres to all Infection Control, Environment of Care and Safety procedures including but not limited to appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).Other DutiesPlease note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.Minimum Education/CertificationsBaccalaureate degree in Medical Technology or equivalent preferred; Associate degree acceptable if experience criteria are met (must meet NJ State Department of Health regulation for Technologist). ASCP or equivalent preferred. Subsequent to the receipt of an Associate degree, one (1) year of full time experience in an acceptable clinical laboratory; for individuals with a Bachelor's degree, satisfactory completion of one (1) year of clinical practicum, or one (1) year of full time experience in an acceptable clinical laboratory.Minimum Work ExperienceMedical Technologist - 2+ years' experience as a Medical Technologist preferred--- Previous experience as in a hospital laboratory setting preferred. New graduates welcome.Working ConditionsStanding: 20-30% of the time Walking: 20-30% of the timeLifting: 1 - 5 % of the timeBending 1 - 5% of the timePulling/Pushing: 1 - 5% of the timeSitting: 40 - 60% of the timeVision: must be able to pass approved tests for Color Blindness. Routine duties involve primarily laboratory-related conditionsDaily functions may include incidental exposure to vapors, fumes, moving mechanical parts, electrical shock, chemical and biological hazards, patient contact, needles/syringes, waste handling Most functions require use of protective gear such as face shields, gloves, and fluid - resistant coats.Reports to: Laboratory Supervisor

Keywords: East Orange General Hospital, East Orange , Medical Technologist, Healthcare , East Orange, New Jersey

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