Per Diem Laboratory Technologist

Job Description

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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Under general supervision, performs and/or assists in  performing all assigned qualitative and quantitative microbiology testing or evaluation of patient specimens and isolated microorganisms (potentially inclusive of, but not limited to, bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology and parasitology and other tests or evaluation techniques as required) in accordance with established section policies and procedures to provide diagnostic data for medical evaluation.

-Cultivates, isolates and identifies bacteria and other agents of disease present in body fluids, exudates, wound skin scrapings or autopsy/surgical specimens; performs and reads Gram stain, other stain results.

-Completes all required documentation and performs all required quality assurance/CQI procedures. Logs, enters, verifies and validates all requisite data in computerized clinical system or on manual records. Records and reports abnormal findings ("panic values") to supervisors and respective clinical units.

-Receives, labels and processes patient specimens, entering requisite information into section computerized system in accordance with established procedures. Completes all documentation and logs all information in accordance with set procedures. Communicates culture/test results to appropriate clinicians.

-Performs ongoing daily quality assurance/CQI functions in accordance with established policies and procedures to ensure safety, environmental and infection control and compliance with requirements of accreditation and regulatory agencies. 

-Participates in periodic linearity, stability and correlation studies, etc. as required. Prepares reagents and solutions following procedural guidelines.

-Provides support functions maintaining work area quality; maintains files and statistics. May answer telephones for area and record messages. Maintains clean work station and equipment and maintains stock of clinical supplies.

-Ensures good working order of equipment. Troubleshoots routine equipment problems or seeks technical assistance, keeping supervisor(s) informed. Participates in evaluation/introduction/verification of tests/methods/systems.

-May provide guidance and "lead" function for other technical and support staff if assigned by supervisor. May assist with training and orientation of residents and students. Attends in-service training/continuing education to maintain knowledge in discipline.

-Performs related duties as assigned or required as professional technologist.

-Incumbents work under clinical conditions, which involve exposure to blood and body fluids, demonstrated biohazardous substances.

-Incumbents required to wear requisite protective equipment during specimen handling/processing. Potential exposure to low-level radioactive materials, toxic materials.

-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.

-Must present New York State Board of Education Clinical Laboratory Technologist license.

-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.

-Basic familiarity with computerized systems required.

-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.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.

EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

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