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Duke University Health System Job Description


DUHS

LABORATORY TECH I


Job Title: LABORATORY TECH I
Job Code: 4098
FLSA: N
Job Level: D1
Revised Date: 01/01/2006
Supervisory Responsibility: No

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General Description of the Job Class

Perform routine waived and moderate complexity tests in a clinical laboratory for use in the treatment and diagnosis of disease.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

* Perform routine tests in clinical laboratories for use in the treatment and diagnosis of disease using standard techniques and equipment; perform related duties in laboratory to include storing and labeling specimens and using manual and automatic equipment to prepare specimens and perform analytical tests. *Prepare sterile media in plates, jars or test tubes for use in growing bacterial cultures; incubate culture for specific times at prescribed temperatures. *Understand and comply with laboratory Quality Control and Quality Assurance policies and procedures for instrumentation and testing.

*Prepare solutions, reagents and stains, following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.

*Maintain detailed records of tests performed and report laboratory test results to appropriate personnel; recognize Quality Control shifts and trends and take appropriate action whenever necessary.

*Calibrate and perform routine maintenance on test equipment, clean and sterilize laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments, maintain laboratory supply of chemicals and glassware; perform routine maintenance on equipment.

*Collect blood specimens from patients using venipuncture, or heel or finger stick; carry out Point-of-Care Testing waived tests and urinalysis without microscope

*Utilize various hospital and laboratory information systems and software. *Interact in a professional and courteous manner with doctors, nurses, and other personnel to provide technical guidance and address concerns.

*Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

 

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education:

AS, AD or BS Degree or previous classification as non-certified medical technologist.

 

Experience:

None required beyond education/training requirement. Alternatively, an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. MLT with <4 years experience. Non-Cert Medical technologist (meeting CLIA requirements).

 

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Certification by a nationally recognized agency/board or eligible, or CLIA 1988 grandfathered.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience involving patient contact, customer service in a medical setting, strong communication skills ? both verbal and written.

Basic knowledge of medical terminology

Working knowledge of laboratory and hospital computer systems is helpful

Basic knowledge of laboratory safety and infection control procedures and practices including standard precautions and hazardous chemical handling.

Ability to demonstrate required dexterity, knowledge, and ability to complete assigned laboratory tasks and skills, attention to detail and compliance with all appropriate regulatory and safety requirements.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level

Act as the PIC (person in charge aka General Supervisor in the absence of the Supervisor/Manager/Tech III) after attaining 1 yr of high complexity laboratory experience post scientific baccalaureate degree or 2 years high complexity experience post scientific associate degree.

Provide daily supervision and/or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performing testing and reporting test results.

Provide direct supervision of all high complexity testing.

Monitor testing to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.

Responsibilities delegated from the director or technical supervisor include:

- Assure remedial action is taken and documented whenever tests systems deviate from established performance specifications

Ensure that patient testing results are not reported until corrective action has been taken and the test system is functioning properly

 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.