Medical Technologist

New Haven, CT
Apr 11, 2019

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Summary:
Under the direction of the Laboratory Manager and Assistant Chief Technologists, demonstrates ability to perform a wide variety of routine and some special technical procedures in the Blood Bank Laboratory. Demonstrates good time management and organizational skills. Interprets data based on knowledge and experience. Selects appropriate blood products to ensure safe and effective transfusion therapy. Evaluates, troubleshoots and solves routine problems. Participates in quality control, quality assurance, and equipment maintenance programs in the laboratory.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Technical Competency: demonstrates technical competency in the performance of routine and complex testing, quality control, component selection and component preparation.
  • 1.1. Determines acceptability of samples and enters patient information correctly into the computer system. Records pertinent patient information and special needs on the requisition. Competency is evaluated through direct observation, and record review.
  • 1.2. Is technically proficient in the performance and interpretation of ABO/Rh testing, antibody screening, crossmatching and other routine tests and procedures performed in the Blood Bank. Competency is evaluated through direct observation, internal and external proficiency samples, and record review.
  • 1.3. Selects and prepares blood components correctly. Recognizes all special requirements and prepares or modifies the blood component to meet the need. Competency is evaluated through direct observation and record review.
  • 1.4. Demonstrates good time management in the performance of assigned tasks while maintaining a high level of quality. Assesses the workload and seeks assistance or takes on additional work as needed.
  • 1.5. Prioritizes to the workload so that medical emergencies are processed first. Organizes routine workload so that a stat request can be added into the batch. Performs multiple tasks simultaneously at a speed appropriate for the degree of difficulty and the individual's experience level.
  • 1.6. Performs Quality Control as assigned, according to procedure. Completely documents results in computer or QC sheet and takes appropriate action or notifies supervisor if result is abnormal.
  • 1.7. Understands operation, quality control requirements and preventative maintenance required on all equipment used in the Blood Bank. Performs routine equipment QC and PM as directed; refers problems beyond the scope of ability to a supervisor.
  • 1.8. Keeps work area neat, well-stocked, and disinfected after use
  • 1.9. Performs routine processing and cryopreservation of hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) according to SOP, using sterile technique and following Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) at all times. Competency is evaluated through direct observation and record review by the stem cell specialist.
  • 1.10. Records data on HPC processing accurately and completely as the procedure is taking place.
  • 1.11. Performs thawing of cryopreserved HPCs according to SOP using asceptic technique. Completes required documentation. Competency is evaluated through direct observation and record review by the stem cell specialist.
  • 2. Recordkeeping, Documentation, Computer Skills: Provides for accurate documentation and reporting of results to ensure quality of patient care by demonstrating good computer and recordkeeping skills.
  • 2.1. Clearly, legibly, and accurately completes any hand written record. Corrects handwriting mistakes according to standards.
  • 2.2. Enters information and test results in the computer system accurately and thoroughly. Brings data entry errors to the attention of a supervisor for correction.
  • 2.3. Keeps current with computer related skills needed for the Blood Bank.
  • 2.4. Accesses the SDK, Laboratory, and Blood Bank computer systems only for information that is work-related.
  • 2.5. Maintains confidentiality of all patient related data
  • 2.6. Handles phone inquiries and requests for results in a courteous and professional manner, following Department of Laboratory Medicine customer service guidelines. Knows when a call should be referred to a supervisor or physician.
  • 3. Independence/Initiative: Demonstrates independent thinking and action. Demonsttrates ability to evaluate, troubleshoot, and problem solve.
  • 3.1. Recognizes situations that are inconsistent with policy/ procedure or quality patient care. Documents all occurrences on the Variance Report form and performs immediate corrective action as necessary. Makes recommendations for improvements that can be made as a result of the occurrence.
  • 3.2. Recognizes the operational needs of the Blood Bank outside of own work assignment. Offers assistance to others when own assignments are completed.
  • 3.3. Assists in the evaluation of new products, procedures or equipment that would benefit the Blood Bank by reducing costs, increasing productivity or improving quality. Makes recommendations for their implementation into the workflow.
  • 3.4. Participates in teaching/orientation activities for new employees, MT students, residents and others. Communicates effectively and maintains a positive, respectful, interpersonal relationship with learners.
  • 4. Professionalism: Demonstrates professionalism at all times both in attitude and in approach to all work activities. Demonstrates a commitment to personal career growth in the field of Laboratory Medicine/ Blood Banking.
  • 4.1. Ensures continued expertise and knowledge by attaining a minimum of 5 continuing education points each year, as defined in the Blood Bank Continuing Education SOP.
  • 4.2. Demonstrates by example the importance of teamwork. Fosters a team approach to completing work and offers to help others. Maintains positive relationships with co-workers, supervisors, physicians and hospital staff.
  • 4.3. Recognizes and demonstrates that the telephones are for business use only; restricts personal use for emergencies only.
  • 4.4. Adheres to hospital policies concerning time limitation for break/lunch. Demonstrates flexibility in scheduling so that the Blood Bank is adequately covered.
  • 4.5. Takes ownership and responsibility for issues. Accepts professional direction as a way to improve performance.
  • 4.6. Meets hospital's attendance requirements to ensure proper coverage by incurring no more than 3 incidents of unscheduled absence in a 6 month period or 5 incidents in a review year as noted in attendance record.
  • 4.7. Incurs no more than 3 incidents of unscheduled tardiness (as defined in departmental policy for arriving late or leaving before the end of a scheduled work shift) in a 6 month period or 5 incidents in a review year as noted in attendance record.

    Other information:

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

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

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

    ACCOUNTABILITY:
    Performs duties in accordance with established Clinical Laboratory standards. Performs a variety of routine and some special tests and procedures. Selects appropriate blood products to ensure safe and effective transfusion therapy. Demonstrates good time management and organizational skills.

    COMPLEXITY:
    Evaluates, troubleshoots and solves routine problems. Interprets data based on knowledge and experience.

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    Job Info

    Job: 7327

    Department: Lab Blood Bank
    Category: Technologist/tech
    Sub Category: LABORATORY MED
    Status: Per Diem
    Shift: NIGHTS
    Hours: 0.00

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