South Sunflower County Hospital
Medical Technologist

Job Description

Job Title:               Medical Technologist (Clinical Laboratory Scientist)-MT
Department:        Laboratory
Shift:                        Weekend Coverage 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Reports to:            Laboratory Director

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

II.    Duties and Responsibilities:

Blood collection:
•    Draws acceptable blood samples, from the patient’s finger, foot, or vein
•    Uses the sterile technique in the collection of Blood Cultures
•    Properly identifies patient and labels sample at the patient’s bedside
•    Attaches Blood Bank Band at the 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 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 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 affect 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 of the manual
•    Able to apply policies and procedures and training to use good judgment in the collection, testing, and reporting of lab results 


Work Area and Handing of specimens:
•    Receives reagents and supplies
•    Rotates stock and 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:
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 day’s 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 Send-out Interface testing
•    Correctly enters Microbiology results


Hospital Policies and Procedures:
•    Knows the lab's 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.


III.    Qualifications:
•    Graduate of a 4-year Medical Technology Program
•    License/Registration:  
Must be licensed by ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologist)
•    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 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

•    Must not be color blind---required for Urinalysis dipstick