The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens using microbiology and molecular biology, manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility A Medical Technologist at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation & troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates & validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures & results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices & regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment & responsibility, including organizing & setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis & treatment of patients & provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals & the public in a professional, courteous & effective manner. Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts & theories providing for sound independent work. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control & assurance procedures & principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent & supply inventories & document control systems. Knowledge of laboratory equipment & ability to maintain, troubleshoot & repair instrumentation. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member & effectively complete assignments. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze & interpret laboratory results. Ability to read, interpret & apply complex written instructions. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow & the understanding of laboratory processes Ability to communicate, consult & interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service & patient education. Ability to recognize methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity & specificity to draw conclusions about the validity of testing results. Skill to provide advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other staff. Knowledge, skill and ability to perform testing on a rotational basis in all sections of the core laboratory including chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunochemistry & blood gas. Duties & Responsibilities of the medical technologist - includes but not limited to the following: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures. In addition, performs advanced & complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes & corrects problems using scientific principles. Recognizes & communicates predefined critical results affecting patient care. Evaluates & solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains & documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs & performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control & quality assurance activities & corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the work place. Ensures compliance with rules & regulations of assorted regulatory agencies such as CAP, TJC, AABB, and OSHA. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and suggests solutions. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity & specific factors, which influence test results, Interprets results & suggests follow up test selection or procedures. Evaluates and implements new techniques & procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison & establishment of reference intervals. Assists with instruction and training of new employees and students & in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively & courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients & others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. Organizes work & sets priorities to meet deadlines. Performs additional duties as assigned. Preferred Characteristics: Skill, knowledge, and experience working in a clinical laboratory in the department of Microbiology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm with rotating weekends and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: N/A
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