MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
Job ID
2020-4507
Category
LABORATORY
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)

About Us:

 

 

 

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

 

Job Overview:

Under minimal supervision, applies advanced technical skills and seasoned judgment to independently and competently provide a full range of sample test analyses and laboratory services in a SEARHC laboratory. Depending on location shift work and night and weekend call may be required to provide 24 hour laboratory coverage.  Perform CLIA defined waived, moderate, and high complexity testing. Works with infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

 

The work typically involves full responsibility for all technical aspects of the laboratory and includes a wide variety of duties involving diverse and complex technical problems and considerations, i.e. procuring compatible, lifesaving units of blood for a patient with antibodies. MLT makes decisions that directly or indirectly affect the quality of patient care and can be “life or death” decisions or problems with the assistance of the MLS or Lab Manager. Assists with training of new employees during the orientation period and as directed. Assists the laboratory manager with Process Improvement activities associated with their departments as directed. Understands and assists the Laboratory Manager with implementing CAP standards and CLIA regulations in their department of responsibility. Coordinates inventory levels with laboratory manager to maintain proper supply levels. Follows policy and procedures established by the Laboratory Medical Director and the Lab Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs full range of simple-to-complex sample testing and laboratory services. Follows policies and procedures and is competent to perform testing in microbiology, transfusion medicine, molecular biology and infectious disease safety. Performs patient specimen testing. Ensures sample suitability. Demonstrates proficiency in newborn/infant heel-sticks; child and adult finger-sticks; newborn, infant, child and adult venipuncture.
  • Evaluates, judges and interprets test results and ensures accuracy before release of test results. Accepts and processes samples for on-site testing or forwards to contracted reference laboratories. Identifies and resolves inconsistencies in patient results. Maintains laboratory equipment and instruments. Ensures quality control and functionality of instruments. Prepares lab for inspection from regulatory bodies.
  • Uses good customer service practices to answers questions from patient, providers, and others regarding test processes, patient results, or sample collection techniques. Assists in training of new employees and laboratory students. Participates in continuing education programs. Proficient use of LIS and other computer programs.
  • Monitors, maintains, orders and stocks laboratory supplies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • An Associate’s degree in Medical Technology or related field.

Experience:

  • One year clinical laboratory experience.

Certification:

  • Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP) OR Clinical Laboratory Scientist (NCA) OR equivalent certification (as determined by a national credential certification agency).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Protocols and practices in infectious disease control.
  • Instrument maintenance and ability to ensure quality and functionality of instruments.
  • Regulatory requirements and ability to follow laboratory procedures.

 Skills in:

  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with other employees.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing LIS and a variety of software applications.

Ability to:

  • Perform a full range of simple-to-complex sample testing and laboratory services in the areas of microbiology, and transfusion medicine.
  • Perform newborn/infant heel-sticks; child and adult finger-sticks; newborn, infant, child and adult venipuncture.
  • Interpret test results and ensures accuracy with limited supervision and identifies and resolves inconsistencies.
  • Communicate in oral and written format and provide customer service to those using lab services.
  • Assist management in the monitoring, maintaining, and ordering of laboratory supplies.

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