South Sunflower County Hospital
Laboratory Director

Job Description



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, or a comparable area

  • Minimum of 5 years Blood Bank Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years  Supervisory Experience

  • Board Certification preferred   


Job Responsibilities:

Provides medical laboratory diagnostic and therapeutic information, products and services by establishing specimen preparation procedures; developing and implementing analytical procedures; evaluating laboratory information; consulting with pathologists; reporting results according to protocols mandated by the hospital, public health department, AABB, FDA, and CLIA


Maintains medical laboratory equipment performance by establishing quality standards; developing operations, quality, and troubleshooting procedures; ensuring staff compliance; certifying instrument performance; arranging equipment replacement, service, and repair


Maintains medical laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies; verifying invoices and sending for payment


Maintains medical laboratory productivity by the monitory workload of functional areas; identifying peak and slack periods; making operational or staffing adjustments


Maintains quality results by participating in the hospital quality assurance program; consulting with pathologist; performing proficiency surveys; reviewing quality control and quality assurance programs; making adjustments in policy and procedures; generating reports; maintaining records


Implements new programs, tests, methods, instrumentation, and procedures by investigating alternatives; preparing proposals; developing and performing parallel testing; monitoring progress


Maintains medical laboratory information system by identifying information needs and problems; recommending improvements; establishing priorities; testing; training employees; maintaining security and confidentiality


Maintains medical laboratory staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees


Completes operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results


Maintains medical laboratory staff results by counseling and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results


Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks


Complies with state and professional continuing education licensure requirements


Resolves problems by consulting with the pathologist, other laboratory managers, technical coordinators, laboratory directors, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals


Bills for services rendered; monitors daily charges; works with the business office to set up charges on the new test


Sets up the new tests in the LIS.


Available to staff for consultation, as needed


Covers open shifts/time slots in the lab utilizing the following techniques, skills, and procedures:


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     (Newborn, Infant, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult, or Geriatric)

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


 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 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

  • Acts as a consultant 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:

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Reads and reviews annually all written procedures.

  • Exhibits an understanding of the policies and procedures as outlined in the Laboratory Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual and Section Manuals.


Work Area and Handing of specimens:

  • Receives reagents and supplies

  • Rotates stock.  Checks expiration dates

  • Cleans and disinfects the 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:

  • Performs duties not limited to this job description

  • Available to work, as needed

  • Arrives to work on time

  • Arrives to work on the scheduled days

  • Adjust to scheduling changes

  • Willing to cover when there is a staffing shortage

  • Promptly responds to stat request


Computer Skills:

  • Correctly enters manual results into LIS

  • Correctly accepts interfaced results

  • Correctly handles Reference Lab Interface testing

  • Correctly enters Microbiology results


Hospital Policies and Procedures:

  • Knows the lab's responsibility during a fire or a disaster

  • Locates telephone numbers of coworkers

  • Follows appropriate isolation protocols

  • Clocks out when leaving the hospital campus


Work Environment:

  • Knows precautions needed to protect themselves in a laboratory environment

  • Utilizes Universal Precautions throughout the complete testing process

  • 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

  • The noise level is usually moderate