Medical Laboratory Assistant PRN
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Medical Laboratory Assistant (Job Number: 8200-000855)
PRN / Per Diem
Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola, Kansas
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.?
- Recognize and resolve questionable orders, patient identification and potential problems with specimen integrity.
- Greet patients, answer phones, order testing, label samples, and receive samples in the Laboratory Information System (LIS) based on requested testing.
- Confer with patients to obtain information for laboratory records, explain procedures, allay fears, and elicit cooperation.
- Obtain blood specimens by performing venipunctures, heel sticks, and finger sticks.
- Instruct patients in a sensitive and understandable way on proper collection methods for urine and fecal samples.
- Follow established guidelines for missed collections, recollections, and difficult phlebotomies.
- Process samples using aseptic technique and prepare required paperwork for ACRH testing and reference lab testing.
- Scan orders into the patient record per established guidelines.
- Verify specimen identification and appropriateness of sample type/volume for the indicated testing.
- Demonstrate proficiency performing CLIA-waived and moderately complex testing..
- Complete required training and competency assessment as defined by CLIA.
- Complete assigned proficiency testing.
- Accurately report waived testing results in a timely manner.
- Reconcile and document pending tests.
- Obtain and distribute reference lab result reports to the appropriate providers and scan into the patient record per established guidelines.
- Perform and document necessary QC procedures, troubleshoot QC problems, perform corrective action as necessary.
- Perform and document instrumentation maintenance.
- Serve and protect patients by adhering to professional standards, all established policies and procedures, and applicable federal, state, and/or accrediting requirements.
- Participate in the orientation and training of other personnel.
- Demonstrate competency in designated lab sections at prescribed intervals.
- Maintain/update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading technical publications, and participating in professional societies, as applicable.
- Maintain knowledge of theory and methodology for applicable laboratory testing.
- Keep work area and laboratory areas clean, organized, and free of clutter.
- Follow all safety rules, including universal precautions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in all computer-related tasks, including troubleshooting issues and logging service requests, as indicated.
- Organize and prioritize workload to avoid delays for patients, testing, and/or reporting results.
- Make reasonable efforts to limit the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) to the Minimum Necessary in order to perform job.
- Ensure an adequate level of supplies based on anticipated needs, ensure that work areas are stocked, and maintain records of inventory orders and receipt.
- Ensure efficient operations by using appropriate supplies with minimal waste and using down time constructively.
- Evaluate, address, and/or escalate requests for add-on testing, general laboratory information, and billing inquiries as appropriate.
- Recognize and perform needed duties even when not directly assigned.
- Work any shift as assigned, work overtime as needed.
- Oversee retention and storage of laboratory and phlebotomy hard-copy documentation.
Minimum Requirements: (Educational and job experience requirements. Knowledge, skills, abilities)
Required: High-school diploma or equivalent.
Preferred: AS degree in science or health-related field.
Required: BLS required within first 30 days of employment
Preferred: MLT/PBT/DPT(ASCP) or equivalent.
Required: None required.
Preferred: 1 or more years of phlebotomy experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of basic mathematics, good laboratory practices, specimen integrity & stability, federal and state requirements for laboratory operations, and applicable accreditation standards.
- Superior customer service skills.
- Excellent communication and critical thinking skills.
- Good computer skills and use of basic office equipment.
- Excellent documentation skills, highly detailed oriented.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment, prioritize work, multi-task, manage time effectively, and accept guidance.
- Ability to operate laboratory analyzers, microscopes and other laboratory equipment, and to perform a variety of blood collection techniques.
- Ability to be a team player and maintain cooperative working relationships with all personnel.
- Ability to remain focused, tactful, and productive in stressful situations.
- Ability to deal effectively, compassionately, and diplomatically with frustrated patients, families, staff, and providers.
- Ability to perform all duties in an independent manner with minimal direct supervision.