Primary Purpose: To perform complex lab analyses on patient specimens and to report the results to the appropriate recipient.
Formal Policy-Setting Responsibilities: Formally responsible for providing input into policies associated with the job’s purpose and essential responsibilities.
Routine Decision Making: Prioritizing work flow; determine if specimen results are acceptable and accurate; determine if results of quality control are within reasonable levels; and if panic values exist. Review high complexity testing as defined by CLIA.
Required Knowledge: Knowledge of normal and abnormal values; understand the functions and operation of instruments; know test procedures; understand laws and policies and procedures.
Required Skills and Ability: Phlebotomy; computer skills; ability to work with instrumentation and troubleshooting instruments.
Unusual Working Conditions: Risk of blood, body fluid contamination.
Education and Certification/ Registration Required for the Position: High School Diploma or equivalent AND a four-year college education (BS with a major in chemistry or biology); completion of MT or CLS program or 1 year of laboratory experience; OR have met HHS (HEW) guidelines for licensure or served in the military and met qualifications for a medical laboratory specialist; national laboratory certification preferred.
Age Specific Competencies: Provides care for birth to pediatric (birth-2 yrs.), pediatric/child patients between (2 yrs-12 yrs); adolescent patients between 12 to 18 years of age; adult patients between 18 to 64 years; and geriatric patients 65 years and older.