GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Assists with the handling of all specimens to ensure the smooth flow of specimens through the laboratory operations area with the knowledge and understanding of the urgency and importance of the specimens being processed.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1.Processes specimens for testing:
a. Accessions specimens.
Performs specimen verification, proper labeling and other log-in procedures, making certain all pertinent information is included in the process. Makes certain all "stat" and other priority samples are processed first.
b. Labels specimens and properly forwards them for testing.
Makes certain the number and color of tubes is correct. Makes certain "stat" specimens are readied for processing first.
c. Aliquots samples as needed. Makes certain that amounts and types of specimens are aliquoted correctly. Maintains sample integrity per established procedures. Places samples in the appropriate locations for pick-up by testing personnel.
2.Performs single-workstation processing per established protocols. Maintains quality and productivity within established parameters.
3.Responsible for receiving, sorting and prioritizing all samples arriving in Microbiology.
a. Makes sure that stat and other priority samples are processed first.
b. Makes sure that all samples are accounted for and distributed as necessary. Maintains sample integrity per established procedures.
c. Maintains order among requisitions to facilitate timely processing and minimize delays. Notifies technologist in charge of issues as they arise.
4.Responsible for daily operation and cleaning of the Biological Safety hood:
a. Processes samples properly according to lab protocols, safely, under the hood.
b. Troubleshoots alarms, calls for assistance from more senior staff when necessary.
5.Assists with workflow issues and other duties as directed by the senior staff. Answers the phone as needed: provides information and performs add-ons as requested by the clinician. Refers callers appropriately when indicated.
6.Performs emergency procedures during computer down time, following established protocols under the direction of the tech in charge.
7.Informs Coordinator, Supervisor, or Technical Director when workstation supplies are low.
9.Is responsible to be aware of the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals and to comply with BWH and Laboratory polices and procedures.
10. Performs other duties as required.
1.High school diploma or equivalent required.
2.Two years of previous laboratory experience preferred.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1.Must be able to communicate effectively with co-workers and clinical personnel.
2.Must be able to successfully complete annual competency testing at required workstations.
3.Must be extremely organized and capable of working under pressure and be flexible to adjust schedule in accordance with the needs of the department.
4.Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
5.Must have the ability to handle questions and give pertinent information on the telephone.
6.Must have the ability to interpret laboratory requisitions.
7.Knowledge of computers helpful.