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Medical Laboratory Assistant I PRN - Days

Company: Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital
Location: Hitchcock
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:

The Medical Laboratory Assistant I has responsibility for the processing, organizing, labeling, and transporting of specimens for laboratory testing. As an experienced and fully competent laboratory assistant, performs advanced functions such as phlebotomy and/or section-specific specialty tasks and serves as a role model and preceptor for other staff. Duties include the input and extraction of data from the Laboratory Information System as well as clerical tasks such as answering phones and filing documents. PEOPLE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.
    • Serves as a preceptor to less experienced and/or new staff and students by utilizing skills and knowledge to help train and educate others.
      • Prepares specimens for courier pick up and delivery to referral lab as necessary. Communicates with other laboratory personnel when specimens need to be transported to other areas.
        • Performs various Laboratory Information System functions. Files requisitions, reports and other pathology materials appropriately. Answers the telephone and refers requests for the delivery of results to physician offices appropriately.
          • Independently handles resolution of complex problems and issues and notifies management of issue and resolution. Serves as escalation support for less experienced staff.
            • Organizes workload, sets priorities, and troubleshoots workflow issues. Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks.
              • Receives, triages, orders, labels and transports specimens for laboratory testing. Processes specimens, aliquots, and/or slides/blocks according to procedure for samples tested in the laboratory as well as samples forwarded to referral laboratories. Handles STAT samples expeditiously. Assists pathologist and/or other laboratory personnel with specimen grossing as needed.
                • Recognizes problems (such as mislabels, incorrect tube type, etc.), identifies causes, and takes corrective action to solve basic problems.
                  • Operates automated instrumentation as applicable at entity following all safety measures. Performs and documents any processing equipment maintenance.
                    • Performs one or more of the following advanced functions:
                      - Pre-Analytic: In an outpatient and inpatient setting, performs phlebotomy and other specialized specimen collection procedures for patients; maintains competency of techniques and principles required to perform quality phlebotomy services
                      - Specialty Areas (i.e., Anatomical Pathology, Microbiology, Molecular, etc.): Performs advanced functions such as assisting with frozen sections, special stain procedures, cytology processing, fine needle aspirations (FNAs), and other section specific specialty tasks as per section scope.
                      • Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security and emergency preparedness.
                        FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
                        • Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system.
                          • Uses department resources/equipment/supplies properly and efficiently.
                            • Guides and mentors section employees and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities.
                              • Participates in departmental projects activities, and seeks continuing education opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development.
                                This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. EDUCATION
                                • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
                                  WORK EXPERIENCE
                                  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience required LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED
                                    • N/A
                                      LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - PREFERRED
                                      • Relevant certification (e.g., phlebotomy, medical laboratory assistant) KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
                                        • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going evaluations consisting of one or more of the following: skills, competency assessments and/or performance reviews
                                          • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
                                            • Strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload and maintain accuracy
                                              • Demonstrates a working knowledge of specimen requirements for testing, processing, and proper waste disposing
                                                • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include Hospital / Laboratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and testing records and other related documents
                                                  • Independently adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing work flow
                                                    • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action
                                                      • Strong training, leadership, and mentoring skills
                                                        • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
                                                          • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS WORK ATTIRE
                                                            • Uniform
                                                            • Scrubs
                                                            • Business professional
                                                            • Other (department approved) ON-CALL
                                                              Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.
                                                              • On Call TRAVEL
                                                                Travel specifications may vary by department
                                                                • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area
                                                                • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area Company Profile: Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is committed to leading medicine in Clear Lake and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of exceptional safety, quality, service and innovation. Houston Methodist Clear Lake provides a broad spectrum of adult, pediatric, medical and surgical care. It is an accredited chest pain center and acute stroke-ready designated through DNV. Houston Methodist Clear Lake offers advanced inpatient and outpatient services, including state-of-the-art imaging; childbirth center with a level II neonatal intensive care unit; minimally invasive surgery; cancer center; neurology and spine care; heart and vascular care; bariatric and digestive care; emergency care; primary care; rehabilitation services; and comprehensive orthopedics and sports medicine. Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans. Equal Employment Opportunity Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Keywords: Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital, Houston , Medical Laboratory Assistant I PRN - Days, Healthcare , Hitchcock, Texas

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