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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Special Coagulation Laboratory is a section of Pathology Core Laboratories that focuses on moderate to high complexity testing. Currently day shift testing seven days per week in the areas of Special Coagulation is provided. Senior Technologist responsibilities encompass supporting the Supervisor in managing the daily routine operations of the Special Coagulation Laboratory.
Responsibilities encompass the daily routine operations of the Core Special Coagulation Laboratory; immediate supervision of Special Coagulation Technologists; coordination of work to provide service on assigned shift; monitoring of test procedures and test results to ensure conformance to laboratory quality control criteria and hospital/department policies and procedures. Confers with hospital staff on patients regarding any concerns they might have. Ensures that the space in Special Coagulation is consistently maintained in a hygienically safe and functional condition; record keeping and submission of reports as required by the Technical Director; functioning as one of the principal Special Coagulation technologists.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides immediate supervision to technical staff and assures accomplishment of routine laboratory functions; may assist in scheduling work hours and arranging for adequate coverage on assigned shift. Assigns, reviews, and checks work for completeness, accuracy, timeliness, and conformance to established standards. Provides input to supervisors regarding employee performance, recommending and taking corrective action with supervisor input, as appropriate; resolves routine employee problems.
Performs and oversees all quality control procedures accurately and according to procedure. Performs routine controls on instruments. Performs crossover studies (lot to lot reagent/control changes). Performs quality surveillance and checks initial competencies of Special Coagulation Technologists. Provides initial and continuing technical training to medical technologists in the different areas of the Special Coagulation Lab. Provides additional technical training to residents, students, as necessary. Maintains all records for quality assurance and OSHA standards. Performs routine maintenance on instruments and troubleshoots instrument malfunctions. Performs special projects and helps with new instrument evaluations, as required.
Follows all safety (including infection control and hazardous material) policies and procedures. Notifies supervisor of unsafe conditions. Successfully participates in safety education and competency activities. Recommends appropriate policy and procedures to ensure a safe working environment. Responds to and resolves all unsafe conditions.
Assists technologists with more difficult analyses, interprets results, and performs unusual or complicated tests. Performs special tests when required.
Operates computer terminal to enter and retrieve pertinent laboratory reports; corrects inaccurate laboratory data. Troubleshoots any problems that may arise with computer program. Performs minor maintenance on computer terminals, as necessary; notifies the Computer Help Desk of major malfunctions or problems.
Maintains close liaison with other laboratory sections and hospital staff to provide coordination of activities which affect patient care. Functions as resource person for medical and nursing staff regarding diagnostic testing.
Interprets abnormal results and guides techs as to which tests should be performed next.
Maintains equipment and work area in safe and functional condition at all times.
Prioritizes laboratory work in accordance with hospital/department requirements.
Attends workshops and seminars to update knowledge of both technical and managerial topics.
Assists lab leadership with:
Orientation, competency assessment and training of new personnel in all lab areas.
Lab policy/procedure updates
New test/technology/LIS validations and upgrades
Shift assignments and/or staffing schedules
Implementation of changes to meet regulatory compliance
Train others in specific laboratory procedures
Provide input for performance evaluations
Report all issues and QC failures to Supervisor, as appropriate.
Addresses service complaints from all customers, patients, medical and lab staff; work with lab leadership to formulate appropriate response.
May perform bench testing up to 80% of the time. Perform moderate or complex tests accurately, efficiently and according to procedure. Document and enter test information accurately.
Responsible for transmitting QC results to vendors for peer QC evaluation. Functions as lead technologist when no supervisor is on site.
Expectations when in charge of shifts: investigate and document disciplinary issues in conjunction with/directed by lab leadership; investigate and document events for safety reports in conjunction with/directed by lab leadership; responsible for miscellaneous LIS reports as well as department release forms and correction forms.
Recommends updates in reviewing/editing the laboratory procedure manual to comply with regulatory standards.
Responsible for clinical results of all age groups.
Qualifications - External
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