Medical Technologist-Medical Lab Scientist, Microbiology Lab (Per Diem)

New Haven, CT
Nov 15, 2018

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Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Laboratory Manager, performs a wide range of routine clinical laboratory analyses in all major sections of the Microbiology Laboratory. Recognizes routine problems, identifies causes, synthesizes alternatives, and applies solutions. Confirms and verifies results through an in depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instrumentation. Correlates and interprets data based on knowledge of technical, instrumental, and physiological conditions affecting test results. Participates in the laboratory Quality Control and Quality Assurance programs.
Responsibilities:
  • 1. Technical Competency - Demonstrates technical competency by performing a variety of routine clinical laboratory analyses to ensure that microbes present in clinical and environmental specimens can be grown and accurately identified.
  • 1.1. After initial orientation is proficient in the interpretation of bacterial and mycology cultures, the interpretation of testing results and identification of bacteria, yeast, and mold isolates. Competency is evaluated through direct observation, internal and external proficiency samples, and clinical error report with two (2) or less analytical errors reported.
  • 1.2. Demonstrates good time management in the performance of assigned tasks while working both productively and without loss of accuracy. Assesses by 1:00 p.m. each day the need for assistance or availability to take on additional work.
  • 1.3. After initial orientation, is technically proficient in the evaluation and interpretation of bacterial, mycology, and parasitology smears. Competency is evaluated through direct observation, internal and external proficiency samples, and documentation of two (2) or less errors in interpretation.
  • 1.4. Demonstrates a working knowledge of specimen handling and processing in the bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology sections of the Microbiology Laboratory. Accurately assesses the acceptability of specimens, documents any unusual specimen characteristics, makes appropriate calls when specimens are unacceptable or need clarification. No more than two (2) documented specimen handling errors should occur during the review period.
  • 1.5. Demonstrates the ability and willingness to be flexible in meeting changing staff and shift assignments that may occur as the needs of the laboratory change. Given sufficient notice and appropriate training, volunteers to pick up additional work assignments.
  • 1.6. Identifies when an assay, procedure, or instrument is not performing as it should. Following established laboratory procedure performs simple remedies to rectify and documents the problem. Brings problems to the supervisor when beyond knowledge and expertise and keeps the supervisor informed as necessary.
  • 1.7. Participates in Quality Control of all reagents, kits, media, equipment, and preventative maintenance of all instrumentation in the Microbiology Laboratory. Documents and initials records that require documentation of temperature, performance, receipt and open date etc.
  • 1.8. Participates in the training of students, residents, fellows, etc. as required. Consistently demonstrates patience and the ability to convey basic Microbiology theory and practice in a clear and understandable way to the learner.
  • 1.9. Independently prepares media and reagents following laboratory recipes or the manufacturer's directions. Labels the products appropriately with batch ID, preparation date, and expiration date according to the CAP requirements.
  • 1.10. Addresses the inventory of culture media supplies, rotates media stock, checks inventory levels, and notifies appropriate individual of shortages. Receives, distributes, and selects for Quality control incoming supplies.
  • 2. Communication/Documentation/Computer Skills - Provides for the accurate reporting of laboratory results to ensure continuity of patient care by demonstrating computer, communication, and documentation skills.
  • 2.1. Reports and saves significant organisms required by the State Health Department, Epidemiology, and CDC. Independently pursues unusual culture results that warrant further physician information or consultation.
  • 2.2. Follows the Quality Assurance guidelines for the reporting of patient and physician problems, error reporting, etc. Is aware of the RL Solutions process for reporting patient safety events including near misses. Ensures that all appropriate information required for such events is forwarded to the manager or designee for follow-up.
  • 2.3. Clearly and legibly, with accuracy and completeness, documents results, dates, initials any pertinent information that contributed to the identification and/or results reporting. Demonstrates thoroughness and logic in the completion of an accurate report with 5% or less documentation errors.
  • 2.4. Respects the privacy and confidentiality of patient information. Accesses EPIC/Beaker only for information that is required for the work performed.
  • 2.5. Represents the laboratory to the customer by being professional at all times, providing helpful information, and knowing when the call should be transferred to another area or to a supervisor.
  • 2.6. Recognizes and demonstrates by example that the telephones are used for business purposes only and that personal phone calls should be for emergencies only.
  • 2.7. Listens well, fosters two way communication, and creates open communication channels with co-workers and supervisors.
  • 3. Independence/Initiative - Demonstrates self reliance in one's thinking and action. Demonstrates independence by one's ability to evaluate culture integrity, problem solving, or trouble shooting instrumentation.
  • 3.1. Recognizes problems and situations that are inconsistent with good patient care. If able, resolves them on ones own. Provides follow up to supervisor or designee on all problem situations in Microbiology so that a quick and appropriate action can occur.
  • 3.2. Recognizes when changes and trends are occurring such as the presence of resistant microbes in one area of the hospital. Independently takes action to report these to the supervisor so the appropriate individuals can be notified.
  • 3.3. Recognizes when reagents or media are not performing accurately. Independently sets up some criteria for verifying this assumption. Reports to the supervisor with documentation of the problem and the steps already taken.
  • 3.4. Follows up on unusual results by independently calling the physician to discuss the results and to verify that the results are probable.
  • 3.5. Demonstrates, by example, being a team player. Assesses on a daily basis the requirements for completing work in all areas of the laboratory in a timely and accurate manner. Assists in the completion of this objective directly or indirectly using the assignment board or under the direction of laboratory leadership.
  • 4. Professionalism - Demonstrates professionalism at all times both in attitude and approach to work activities. Attempts to work well with all members of the hospital staff and our customer base. Demonstrates a commitment to personal career growth in the fields of Medical Technology and Microbiology.
  • 4.1. Demonstrates a commitment to personal career growth and competency by completing at least 12 Continuing Education Units per year. This can be in any number of formats including but not limited to laboratory presentations, webinars related to laboratory medicine and extra-curricular education opportunities that have been approved by management.
  • 4.2. Adheres to hospital policies concerning time limitation for break/lunch. Arranges schedules with other laboratory personnel to ensure adequate coverage of the laboratory.
  • 4.3. Demonstrates a positive, open-minded, 'can-do' attitude. Represents a team perspective and a willingness to solve problems. Offers on-going constructive comments to better Microbiology as a whole i.e. in assisting the work flow, offering budget savings suggestions, and new ways to assist team performance.
  • 4.4. Accepts constructive criticism as a way to improve performance in problem areas. Works with the Laboratory Manager to identify and meet one new performance goal for the next review year.
  • 4.5. Understands the changing environment and the need to continue to put the welfare of the patients first and to provide quality and timely service as the foremost goal of the department. Demonstrates this by adhering to turn-around times, avoiding errors especially in specimen handling and processing, and the issuance of timely reporting as noted by the absence of errors documented on the Microbiology Corrected Report.
  • 4.6. Cooperates with the supervisors and others in authority by adhering to laboratory policies and procedures, hospital attendance and lateness policies, and demonstration of mutual respect for all laboratory personnel.
  • 4.7. Is considerate of co-workers when requesting to attend in-service education. Consults with the supervisor to determine if the work load permits attendance and the number of staff that might be able to attend. Accepts the need to rotate attendance.
  • 4.8. Is honest, fair, and inspires trust as well as respect for others.
  • 4.9. Has a reputation for sound judgment. Gets the facts, examines options, gains support, accepts responsibility, and achieves outcomes.
  • 4.10. Takes initiative and ownership of issues. Is responsible, organized, efficient and focused on goals. Consistently follows through on commitments and sets goals.
  • 4.11. Participates in the overall operations of the laboratory by assuming additional responsibilities.
    Other information:

    EDUCATION:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology or equivalent with MT (ASCP) certification or equivalent.

    EXPERIENCE:
    One (1) or two (2) years experience in an accredited Clinical Laboratory.

    LICENSURE: MT (ASCP) certification or equivalent.

    SPECIAL SKILLS:
    Working knowledge of equipment, instrumentation, and materials used in the Clinical Laboratory.

    ACCOUNTABILITY:
    Performs a variety of routine Microbiology tests and procedures, prepares and standardizes reagents, and performs routine quality control.

    COMPLEXITY:
    Prepares reports of such tests in a timely fashion and reports the findings to the proper individuals. Performs duties in accordance with established Clinical Laboratory standards.

    PHYSICAL DEMAND:
    Must be able to tolerate PPE required to work in a BSL2 or BSL3 laboratory.
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    Job Info

    Job: 3110

    Department: Lab Microbiology
    Category: Technologist/tech
    Sub Category: LABORATORY MED
    Shift: AS NEEDED
    Hours: 0.00

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