Lead Lab Assistant
Full Time 80
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SDH Lead Lab Assistant
The SDH Lead Lab Assistant is responsible for overseeing the general operation and work of the lab assistants. The Lead Lab Assistant is responsible for training, competency and assessment of staff as well as scheduling of lab assistants to ensure adequate coverage is provided to accomplish timely collections. The Lead Lab Assistant will also perform collections and processing tasks as needed. This position will report to SDH Laboratory Supervisor.
Minimum Education High school diploma or equivalent with courses to include chemistry and biology. Prefer Certified phlebotomy course completion or two-year collegiate program for laboratory assistants or other health care technician.
Minimum Work Experience • Minimum of one year of phlebotomy experience preferably in a hospital or health care setting. • Previous experience with Laboratory Information System preferred. • Preferred certification as a phlebotomist or a laboratory assistant by a nationally recognized certifying agency
Required Skills • Must demonstrate ability to recognize patients' individual needs based on medical conditions, age (infants, pediatrics, adolescents, young adults, middle aged, and geriatric) limitations and planned procedures. • Problem solving skills in phlebotomy and computer operations are necessary, as well as teaching skills. • Must be proficient in collection of specimens. Manual dexterity required. Must be friendly and outgoing with all patients or customers. • Critical thinking required. • Positive attitude.
Provides a positive and professional representation of the organization. Promotes culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, reporting, documentation, and prevention. Maintains hospital standards for a clean and quiet patient environment to maintain a positive patient care experience. Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments in related scope of job role or practice. Adheres to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations. Participates in ongoing quality improvement activities. Maintains compliance with organization’s policies, as well as established practices, protocols, and procedures of the position, department, and applicable professional standards. Complies with organizational and regulatory policies for handling confidential patient information. Demonstrates excellent customer service through his/her attitude and actions, consistent with the standards contained in the Vision, Mission, and Values of the organization. Adheres to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and TJC standards and/or standards from other accrediting bodies.
• Prepares staff work schedules and assigns personnel to ensure adequate coverage for timely collections and processing of specimens. • Centrifuges blood specimens in test tubes or capillary tubes to separate cellular structures from serum or plasma. • Stabilizes specimens for testing. • Maintains a clean organized collection tray, collecting area, and working area in a sanitary condition. • Collects blood specimens from patients of all ages and conditions by use of capillary or venous collection. • Maintains and organizes supplies utilizing inventory system. • Logs specimens logged into laboratory Specimen Log Book as required, receives into computer with all correct data, and delivers to the appropriate areas of the lab for testing. • Assists with care and maintenance of all equipment to include centrifuges. All maintenance is recorded appropriately. • Maintains all required records, reports and statistics as directed, including quality control records. • Participates in and conducts educational programs and in-services. Attends meetings as required. • Prepares all specimens for transport to reference labs. • Supervises the work of lab assistants, organizes and prioritizes workload. • Maintains current phlebotomy and processing procedures and competency checklists. Provides suitable orientation. • Staffs phlebotomy and processing areas appropriately ensuring coverage throughout the shift. • Maintains cost efficiency in all areas of work. • Assures compliance with all regulatory agencies in area of work coordinated. • Performs other duties as assigned or requested.
Prolonged periods of standing, walking, or sitting while on duty. Lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 10-15 pounds with or without assistance. Visual and auditory acuity and manual dexterity essential to performing designated duties required. Ability to perform effectively in a stressful and fast paced environment. Ability to pass all required health and other screening tests. Physical conditions are clean, neat and well lit. Maybe subjected to unpleasant sights and odors, stressful situations and hazardous or infectious agents where judgment as to precautions need to be taken is essential. Climate control an ambient temperature variances may be experienced. Exposure to limited amounts of hazardous chemicals or substances and infectious disease processes are a possibility. Hours of duty may be irregular or unexpectedly extended due to emergency circumstances. Direct contact with blood or other body fluids to which universal precautions apply. Personal protective equipment is made available and must be worn.