Medical Technologist - Health First Medical Group, Gateway Laboratory, Full Time

Health First Melbourne, FL

About the Job


POSITION SUMMARY\:   To be fully engaged in providing Quality/No Harm, Customer Experience, and Stewardship by\: working as a team to maintain  responsible attitudes, performing laboratory testing to provide quality results and using resources efficiently.   The Medical Technologist is assigned to one or more of the following laboratory sections of responsibility\: Blood Bank,  Microbiologybacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, Immunology, molecular diagnostics), Core Lab (hematology, coagulation, routine chemistry, urinalysis), Special Chemistry,  Flow Cytometry    PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITIES\:  Quality/No Harm\:   Complies with the department policies/processes/procedures to provide accurate results, quality products and services with ≤2 errors per year.    Assures valid results as evidenced by zero patient or sample identification errors in the pre- analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases of laboratory procedures.  Understands and applies sample quality control and equipment quality control per department    policy as measured by review of quality control logs with ≤5 errors per year.  Is a self-starter in identifying and assuming ownership of opportunities for improvement.  Customer Experience\:   Uses knowledge of instrumentation and procedures to assist others in troubleshooting and to cross train.  Complies with "I CARE" values as measured by no positive disciplinary action per Human Resources Policy 4.01.  Stewardship\:    Manages daily workload in a productive manner. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED\:  As required for Medical Technologist licensure by State of Florida and in accordance with CLIA guidelines.  Appropriate certification by the ASCP or other similar accrediting agencies preferred.  Must be willing and able to work with bio-hazardous/toxic materials following OSHA guidelines.  Excellent human relations skills  Excellent organizational skills.  Excellent communication skills.  Strong computer skills.  Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control procedures.  Must be able to work weekends and holidays when needed. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS\:  Visual acuity and manual dexterity to perform clinical/technical tasks.  Must pass color blindness test.  Must be able to lift 10-20 lbs unassisted.  Must be able to stand for extended periods (2-3 hours)  Must be able to sit and operate a computer. 


MENTAL DEMANDS\:  Must be able to function in a highly stressful environment.  Responsible for problem solving situations.  Able to make independent decisions.  Competent and confident in interpretation of all tests performed in the section. 


COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT/SKILLS CHECKLIST\: Behavioral  Commitment to our Health First Values (I-CARE)  Incorporates the Health First Values (I-CARE) of  "What We Believe and How We Behave" into daily   work and interactions with patients, customers and associates\:  Integrity  Compassion  Accountability  Respect  Excellence Laboratory Professionalism  Exhibits a positive attitude, is flexible in thinking and amenable to change.    Works on a rotational basis to cover weekends, holidays, and other hours outside of normal shift when needed to provide adequate staffing of the laboratory.  Takes on additional duties as assigned by Supervisor.  When assigned work is completed, is willing to help others, possibly in different areas.  Consistently punctual, follows proper protocols for absenteeism and plans time off in advance to ensure proper coverage for department.  Establishes confidence in others by focusing on work in order to achieve accurate and consistent results. Technical Pre-Analytic-Direct Supervision not required    May be required to obtain laboratory specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture if needed.  Understands the workings of the computer and its limitations with respect to the appearance and content of the final printed report.  Realizes when additional supplemental information is necessary.  Assists in accessioning laboratory specimens and may be required to perform test ordering and patient registration.  Properly identifies specimens (labeling) and problems with specimen integrity, i.e., contamination and hemolysis. Analytic- Direct Supervision not required  Performs only those tests authorized by the Medical Director and for which training and  competencies have been documented.  Maintains in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and operates instruments in assigned department and understands their inter-relationships as well as physiological conditions affecting test results.  Performs testing in a timely and accurate manner.  Reviews and approves test reports and quality control results.  Reports out-of-control situations, as described in departmental protocol, to Supervisor.  Ensures proficiency testing (PT) samples are tested in accordance with the CLIA requirements. 

 Acceptable analytical test performance is established and maintained for each test system.  Ensures patient test results are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and the test system functions properly. Post-Analytic- Direct Supervision not required  Verifies results through knowledge of specimen requirements, quality control and common integrity problems.  Consistently reports results in a timely and accurate manner.  Understands effect of patient demographics and disease stated on laboratory results and follows through appropriately.  Detects and reports unusual conditions to the Assistant Supervisor or Supervisor. Quality Assurance/Quality Control  Understands and applies quality control and equipment quality control per department   policy.  Is able to correlate data from quality control information to working situations on a daily basis.  Remedial actions are taken and documented when significant deviations from the   laboratory’s established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly. Performance Improvement  Assists in special projects, experiments, or research as delegated by Supervisor or Assistant Supervisor.  Recognizes problems, assumes responsibility for helping to solve problems as they occur.  Recognizes when supervisory help is needed in problem solving.  Helps to come up with a solution and assists in the implementation of the solution.  Through own initiative, participates and contributes towards the improvement and goals of the department.  May be required to set up new test procedures, new equipment, including modifying, designing, and writing new procedures with final approval of Supervisor.  Performs method validations, as directed, in order to determine the accuracy and precision of the test/method being validated. Regulatory Standards  Must comply with departmental specific standard operating procedures and checklists as required for efficient operation of department.  Is familiar with and abides by safety regulations and is aware of responsibility in the event of fire or disaster.  Does not offer patient diagnosis.  Maintains awareness of regulatory standards. Education, Training and Competency  Assures a necessary upgrading of technique and procedures within limits of quality laboratory medicine by learning new procedures in a timely manner and supporting their implementation.  Maintains continuing education required for state licensure or technical certification.  Instructs other employees and students in both theory and technique as delegated by Supervisor.  Complies with all department-specific training requirements.  Through proper training, is able to follow standard operating procedures and instrument quality control.  Completes competency testing as required. Operational Effectiveness  While at work, associate is required to open e-mail at least once per shift to ensure that communication from supervisor or administration is maintained, and respond to in timely manner, if response is required.  Demonstrates attention to detail, manual skills, and organizational ability.  Demonstrates ability to effectively follow directions and ask questions as needed.  Works efficiently and effectively under pressure and during emergencies.  Possesses organizational skills and techniques to minimize turn-around-time.  Maintains a clean and orderly work area.  Cleans up after procedures have been completed, assures that biological wastes are properly disposed of and that all reagents have been restored to their proper storage location. Assists in inventory control by preparing reagents, logging, labeling, and putting away new reagents and communicates supply needs to Supervisor.  May be required to order supplies.  May be required to perform time-keeping duties.  Temporarily may assume responsibility for supervision of a section.  Must willingly assist co-workers to complete tasks to ensure quality patient care.  Assures incident reports/safety zone portals are completed for any event not consistent with the routine operation of the hospital or the routine care of a particular patient. Clerical Skills  Performs clerical duties as needed including answering the phone.  May be required to cancel tests when appropriate.  May be required to write procedures, memoranda, and communications