Brigham and Women's Hospital
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Medical Technologist I, in their role as Testing Personnel as defined by CLIA, may be delegated the responsibility of the technical oversight of the Hematology laboratory including the day-to-day supervision or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performing testing and reporting results.
Under general supervision, carries out all policies and performs all tests in accordance with the department's standard operating procedures. Works independently in an efficient and organized manner to assure accurate results and records. Assists with training of staff. The work requires a professional level of knowledge to read and interpret accurately test results used by physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities as outlined by CLIA:
Testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.
1. Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results;
2. Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
3. Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
4. Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance;
5. Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director;
6. Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications; and
7. If qualified under §493.1489(b)(5), perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor qualified under §493.1461.
Exception: For individuals qualified under §493.1489(b)(5), who were performing high complexity testing on or before January 19, 1993, the requirements of paragraph (b)(7) of this section are not effective, provided that all high complexity testing performed by the individual in the absence of a general supervisor is reviewed within 24 hours by a general supervisor qualified under §493.1461.
Additional responsibilities under the direction of the Technical Director and Clinical Supervisor:
1. Performs routine and high complexity laboratory tests and procedures on blood and other body fluids, according to laboratory policies.
2. Prepares samples and reagents for testing according to laboratory policies.
3. Responsible for the accuracy, interpretation and reporting of all test results according to laboratory policies.
4. Performs routine maintenance on equipment and quality control for all reagents.
5. Keeps accurate records of quality control, maintenance and workload data according to laboratory policies.
6. Responsible to document all corrective action procedures undertaken in the Hematology Laboratory.
7. Refers problems and/or unusual results to appropriate parties and documents all corrective action procedures undertaken in the Hematology Laboratory.
8. Performs clerical and support services as needed, such as answering the telephone, calling STATS and alert values to the appropriate department or clinician, disposing of contaminated specimens, control of inventory, etc.
9. Participates in proficiency testing program.
10. Communicates with hospital personnel providing assistance related to laboratory policies and procedures, laboratory utilization, and test result interpretation.
11. Is responsible for ordering and maintaining an appropriate level of inventory and laboratory supplies.
12. Keeps current in developments in technical instrumentation and analytical techniques in Clinical Hematology.
Participates in internal and external continuing education.
13. Promotes the mission and vision of Brigham and Women's Hospital and laboratories, and a spirit of professionalism and excellence in performance among the Hematology laboratory staff.
14. Adheres to hospital and laboratory policies and procedures and plans including infection control and safety plans.
15. Performs other duties as necessary.
1. Must possess a minimum of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology or Chemical, Physical, or biological science from an accredited college or university.
2. Other qualifications as described in the Federal Register, 42 CFR, Subpart M 493.1403 - 1495.
3. ASCP certification or equivalent preferred.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1. The knowledge, both practical and theoretical, of tests and procedures necessary to review findings and advise and direct subordinates in action.
2. The manual/visual dexterity and skills necessary to operate adjust and make repairs to various types of automated and non-automated laboratory equipment.
3. Must have a comprehensive understanding of laboratory equipment and its operation, maintenance and repair and analytic techniques.
4. Must have understanding of computer technology and its application to chemical analytical procedures and quality control.
5. Must have the ability to work independently, evaluate situations and act appropriately. Must be able to remain calm and productive under constant pressure and emergency situations, which produce a high level of stress and mental fatigue.
6. Must have neat and orderly work habits.
7. Must have the ability to pay careful attention to detail and to adhere to written protocols.
8. Must be able to perform as a team member, provide leadership, guidance and direction to staff.
9. Must be able to remain calm and efficient in stressful situations.
10. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to interact professionally and effectively with numerous staff including physicians, hospital personnel, employees and patients.
11. Excellent communication skills.
12. Knowledge of Federal, State, Joint Commission and other regulatory regulations.
1. Busy, stressful clinical laboratory environment.
2. Exposure to infectious blood, urine, and other body fluids
3. Work requires frequent standing, walking and/or occasional lifting or carrying of supplies.
4. Noise level is high due to continuous operation of lab equipment.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.
Partner's Healthcare is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BWH has a legacy of excellence that continues to grow year after year. Brigham and Women’s Health Care – the parent corporation for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization – includes 150 outpatient practices with over 1,200 physicians. We serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world.BWH is an internationally-known referral center for the most complex cases in nearly all areas of medicine. In fact, US News and World Report consistently ranks us among the nation’s top ten hospitals and in the top ten for specific specialty areas that in 2015 include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The BWH name is a reflection of our history. In 1980 three of Boston’s oldest and most prestigious Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals - the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, and the Boston Hospital for Women – merged to form Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a national leader in improving health care quality and safety, we have helped to develop some of the industry’s best practices including computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors. The CPOE is now a nationally-accepted safety practice. The BWH Research Institute (BRI) is one of the most powerful biomedical research institutes in the world and the second largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among independent hospitals in the United States. With over $640 million in total research funding and over 1,000 principal investigators, BWH has long had great success in research as measured by the number of important discoveries made, the size and scope of its research portfolio and the volume of publications annually.