182962 Grand Marais, MN Our lab currently has 3 rotating and a float shift (as staffing allows) due to COVID-19. Shifts are typically 8-10 hours in length and usually: 600-1630, 700-1730, 800-1630 & 1130-2200. Contract Techs will mostly work the 7am and 8am shifts. During the week, on-call is typically 2200-0600 and on weekends/holidays is 1830-0600. Initially shifts will be during the week but once trained, may include on-call, weekends, and possibly holiday hours. Shifts are not always scheduled as consecutive days but we do try to give all staff 3 day weekends when possible. Schedules are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic but department discussions will occur if changes need to be made.
*Wages are based on average rates and may be impacted by facility budgets and seasonality and may include a combination of taxable and non-taxable earnings and reimbursements.
Small Lab in Grand Marais, MN - on Lake Superior and near the Boundary WatersThe North Shore Health Laboratory serves our Critical Access Hospital, Emergency Room, Care Center, and Outpatients. Lab Tech candidates must be proficient in Phlebotomy, Hematology, and Chemistry. It is preferred for them to also have experience in Basic Microbiology (direct gram stains, set-ups, etc.) and Basic Blood Bank (Emergency Release and possibly MTS gel system). We are looking for a self-starter that is good at multitasking, pays close attention to detail, and preferably has experience working in a rural, full-service laboratory. Our lab has low volumes but has several manual systems so there are a lot of processes to adjust to (in addition to the standard lab testing expectations). The candidate must be able to work independently and as a team and be willing to help will all types of lab duties (we do not have phlebotomists etc.). Since North Shore Health has an attached Long Term Care facility, all staff are required to practice stringent COVID-19 precautions, follow current facility requirements, and participate in regular COVID-19 employee testing (per CMS regulations).
The Lab Tech (MLT or MLS/MT), under the direction of the Laboratory Administrative Director (LAD) and Laboratory Medical Director (LD), is responsible for all duties as stated in the Position Description.
The Lab Tech performs and assists with routine responsibilities within the General Laboratory as well as the specialty departments of Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology. Additional duties may include, but are not limited to: assisting with and performing technical and scientific duties in both the General and specialty departments of the Laboratory as well as assisting with and coordinating Continuing Education, Competency, and new Lab Employee and student training.
The Lab Tech performs all job duties in accordance with laboratory policies and procedures and follows regulatory standards as stipulated by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and assessed by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Additionally, the Lab Tech is required to follow Hospital policies and procedures, including those within the Employee Handbook. The Lab Tech: will utilize safe laboratory practices, be required to train and oversee new employees, communicate effectively with coworkers, organize the workload, function independently and as a collaborative team member, and maintain current knowledge of laboratory principles, techniques, and equipment. Once training and competency has been completed, the Lab Tech does not require supervision or review of work prior to reporting patient results.
MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs waived, moderate, and high complexity medical laboratory tests.
Follows all laboratory policies and procedures in order to perform diagnostic testing for patients and proficiency specimens.
Performs diagnostic testing in all general laboratory departments, including: Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, and Serology.
Performs complex diagnostic testing in the specialty laboratory departments, including: Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology.
Demonstrates and maintains proficiency with automated analyzers, manual testing techniques, and a wide-variety of laboratory equipment.
Demonstrates and applies a working knowledge of reagent and product handling, including stability, preparation, and storage, to ensure quality of laboratory testing.
Maintains legible, organized, accurate, and complete laboratory records.
Reviews test results for accuracy, critical values, extraordinary results, and clerical errors prior to reporting to the patients medical record.
Enters patient results into Meditech/LIS either by analyzer interface or manual entry.
Makes decisions regarding laboratory testing, identifies and corrects problems that may adversely affect test performance, and investigates questionable test performance or unusual results prior to issuing report to patients medical records.
a. Coordinates workload, departmental activities, and instrument troubleshooting, using calm and reasonable judgment, with minimal or no supervision.b. Follows defined protocols and uses good judgment for investigating out of control QC and Calibration results, including documenting remedial actions and notifications.c. Follows established corrective action policies whenever systems are not within acceptable level of performance, including documenting remedial actions and notifications.d. Reviews test results for abnormal findings and potential instrument malfunctions, and performs general troubleshooting regarding instrumentation and specimen quality to investigate questionable results.
Performs a wide-variety of specimen collections and specimen processing
a. Properly identifies both patients and specimens, per policy, to ensure accuracy.
b. Performs all phlebotomies: venous, arterial, finger, and heel puncture.
c. Collects and/or provides sufficient collection instructions: throat swabs, urine, stool, and other specimens.
d. Collects urine and blood specimens, using proper chain-of custody procedures, for Law Enforcement and NSH employee drug screens.
e. Demonstrates the ability to relate to all types of patients, including all ages (newborns to the elderly), and patients with a wide variety of physical and/or psychological conditions.
Processes laboratory specimens, following applicable processing and safety policies.
g. Evaluates the quality of specimens to ensure specimen integrity and acceptability.
h. Properly prepares and transports specimens according to current policy and regulations.
Maintains laboratory instruments and equipment
a. Performs and documents all cleaning and maintenance of instruments and equipment. b. Performs, analyzes, and documents the results of QC and calibrations.
c. Performs general troubleshooting and consults others as needed.
Demonstrates and utilizes laboratory workplace safety
Follows all OSHA, facility-wide, and laboratory-specific safety policies and procedures.
Demonstrates and follows all safety requirements for laboratory equipment.
Maintains good infection control and uses all PPE as instructed and as applicable.
Demonstrates and applies a working knowledge of reagent/product safety, including a variety of chemicals such as acids, bases, volatiles, irritants, and carcinogens.
Performs a variety of miscellaneous laboratory duties and responsibilities
a. Evaluates laboratory orders for acceptability, monitors outpatient Medicare orders for proper diagnosis, and enters, edits, and cancels order into Meditech/LIS.
b. Performs general cleaning, waste management, temperature and humidity monitoring, records inventory, monitors expiration dates, orders and stocks supplies, etc.
c. Participates in facility committees, QA/CQI, etc.
d. Trains and oversees new employees, as directed by the Laboratory Administrative Director.
e. Serves as a consultant and provide assistance to coworkers, other departments, and physicians concerning laboratory matters; is aware of limits of advisement as well.
Assists with research, development, revision, implement, and review of new and existing procedures; helps ensure procedures reflect current practice and also comply with current CLSI and CAP standards.
g. Takes an active role in the Laboratory Accreditation process, including preparation for inspections and participation in evaluations by inspectors.
Assists with and performs technical and scientific duties and responsibilities
a. General Laboratory: assists in oversight of the General Laboratory departments, including updates, changes, training, competency, and other duties.
b. Specialty Departments: may assist with updates, changes, training, and other duties in the Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology departments.
c. Laboratory Informatics: may assist with Meditech/LIS Dictionary duties.
d. Additional duties may include, but are not limited to: assisting with and performing other technical and scientific duties in the Laboratory; coordinating Continuing Education and Competency; and organizing new Lab Tech and student training.
e. Serves as a mentor and role model in all departments of the laboratory.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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