Medical Laboratory Technologist or Medical Laboratory Technician

Full Time/PRN




Job Title:  Medical Technologist/Technician (Generalist)

Department:  Laboratory


Reports to:  Laboratory Director



Collects and performs testing in all areas of the laboratory to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


Duties and Responsibilities:


Blood collection:

Draws acceptable blood samples, from the patient’s finger or vein

Uses sterile technique in the collection of Blood Cultures

Properly identifies patient and labels sample at the patient’s bedside

Attaches Blood Bank Band at time of collection of Crossmatch Sample

Collects samples from patients of all ages, ranging

    from Newborn, Infant, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult, or Geriatric.

Good communication skills and techniques with all age groups in the collection


Pretesting skills:

Performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on the instruments in the laboratory

Runs, reviews, evaluates and documents Quality Control for each test performed

Able to troubleshoot instruments

Calls Technical Support and resolves instrument problems over the phone

Chooses acceptable samples for the testing process

Testing Skills:

Conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis of body fluids such as blood, urine and spinal fluid

Performs test:  documents, and reports promptly, accurately and proficiently

Performs repeat analysis on all critical values

Verifies quality control has been performed and is acceptable before reporting results.

Identifies incompatible units and positive antibody screens in Blood Bank

Recognizes agglutination that is seen with incompatible units or positive antibody screens

Identifies antibodies with Antibody Workup in Blood Bank

Provides the proper blood product for transfusion in Blood Bank

Consults with the Lab Director on difficult analysis or abnormal findings, as needed


Post Testing Skills:

Recognizes normal results and critical values for all age groups

Recollects and verifies samples with erroneous values.

Notifies nurse or physician when critical values are obtained

Communication Skills:

Notifies Lab Director of any need for time-off in advance

Notifies Lab Director of any issues that negatively impact patient testing

Notifies Lab Director of supply needs

Provides direction and assistance to patients, patient’s families, and visitors in a courteous manner

Responds to others in a positive and professional manner

Uses empathy and good communication skills

Offers suggestions for positive change in the lab

Reviews all information posted by the Lab Director

Works continuously at establishing a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with all hospital personnel

Attempts to recognize the needs of others and meet that need when possible

Demonstrates good judgment when responding to request and interacting with nurses and physicians

Policies and procedures:

Has read and reviews annually all written procedures.

Has a complete understanding of the policies and procedures outlined

   in the Laboratory Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual

Has a complete understanding of the policies and procedures outlined in each

    Section manual

Work Area and Handing of specimens::

Receives reagents and supplies

Checks expiration date of reagents and rotates stock.

Cleans and disinfects working area.

Wears PPE when handling body fluids or contaminated objects

Disposes of hazardous material according to proper guidelines

Never takes shortcuts that may endanger someone

Schedule and Work Hours:

May be asked at any time to perform duties not mentioned on this form

Available to work, as needed

Arrives to work on time

Arrives to work on the days schedule

Notifies Lab Director of any sickness that may interfere with attendance

Notifies Lab Director in advance of any vacation or days off needed

Adjust to scheduling changes in a pleasant manner.

Willing to cover when there is a staffing shortage

Promptly responds to stat request

Computer Skills:

Correctly “manually” enters results into computer

Correctly accepts interfaced results

Correctly handles Lab Corp Interface testing

Correctly enters Microbiology results


Hospital Policies and Procedures:

Knows the labs responsibility during a fire or a disaster

Knows the telephone numbers of coworkers (or where to find them)

Uses Universal Precautions in the full testing process

Follows appropriate isolation protocols

Clocks out when leaving the hospital campus

Work Environment:

Knows precautions needed to protect themselves in a laboratory environment:

  Works near moving mechanical parts

  May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals

  Risk of Electrical Shock

  May work with flammable material

  May be exposed to airborne particles

  Noise level is usually moderate.



Graduate of a 2 year MLT Program or a 4 year MT Program, preferred.

License/Registration:  Preferred to be licensed by ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologist)

Experience:  5 years preferred

Have the necessary skill set to perform each essential duty satisfactorily

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.  Able to write routine reports and correspondence

Able to calculate figures such as Creatinine Clearance or Urinary Protein

Able to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Able to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations

Must be able to sit, stand or walk

Use hands and fingers to feel objects, tools or control.

Must to be able to talk or hear

Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl

Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds

Must have good close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

South Sunflower County Hospital

121 East Baker Street

Indianola, Mississippi 38751

(662) 887-5235

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