Under general supervision may perform a variety of bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, virology, and parasitology for diagnostic purposes. Performs responsibilities related to such testing as collection of specimens, clerical record keeping, preparation of work area materials, computer functions and related tasks as assigned. Participates in Quality Control and Quality Improvement as required. Must validate and verify all testing per quality assurance/CQI standards; reports abnormal variations to supervisors. May accession patient specimens in accordance with established clinical protocols. Receives, labels and processes specimens, entering or verifying registration of requisite data in section computerized system. Sets up, adjusts, and operates all section equipment. Follows daily maintenance and quality assurance/CQI procedures in accordance with established institutional and regulatory protocols; participates in periodic linearity, stability and correlation studies or other procedures as required. Maintains cleanliness of equipment and general working area, stocking clinical supplies. Ensures proper equipment operation, reporting problems to supervisors. Provides support to patient areas serving all age groups via clinical testing of patient specimens in accordance with quality assurance guidelines and set procedures.
-Job requires level of knowledge acquired through completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology with one year training in Clinical Laboratory. ASCP Certification desired, not mandatory credential. Basic familiarity with computerized systems required.
-Prior work experience of six months is desired in order to gain familiarity on-the-job with clinical microbiology techniques. Should be familiar with most major models of microbiology laboratory equipment. New technologists require period of 30 days in order to orient themselves to techniques and work area. Must be able to rotate through all sections of clinical microbiology.
-Current New York State Department of Education Clinical Laboratory Technologist License required.
-ASCP/equivalent certification desired, not mandatory.
-Good analytical skills necessary for testing of specimens with the ability to verify results and identify abnormalities for clinical follow-up. Must be able to assess correct action to take during testing, cognizant of patient welfare. Must be able to utilize statistical parameters of CQI correlation procedures.
-Good interpersonal manner important during delivery of patient support in order to ensure harmonious provision of testing/evaluation services. Must respond appropriately to inquiries from relevant clinicians.
-Work requires manual dexterity for use of computer keyboard and computerized. Light lifting of clinical supplies may be required.
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