Laboratory Assistant, Microbiology

Mercy Medical Center

This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing clerical and limited technical services to the laboratory. The Laboratory Assistant assures quality test results by following policies and procedures, communicating effectively with co-workers, providers, and patients.
Job Duties
  • Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
  • Reads and records temperatures and other daily chores
  • Completes required department documentation
  • Performs instrument maintenance
  • Prioritizes workload to ensure timely reporting of results
  • Maintains and improves skills by participating in at least one continuing education activity annually
  • Actively seeks and identifies opportunities for process improvement
  • Assists in procedure writing, updating, and validating
  • Acts as a resource for laboratory medicine information to providers and others
  • Uses laboratory information system access information and enter information
  • Properly identifies patients and samples during the pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phases of testing.
Department Specific Duties
  • Responsible for documenting and setting up new cultures according to sources and types
  • Performs gram stains, performs and results Strep screens, RSV, Influenza A&B and other tests
  • Collects nasal, nasal aspirates and throat cultures in the outpatient area and administers and reads TB skin tests
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing procedures
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements, including CAP, COLA, CLIA, TJC, and FDA
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure without sacrificing quality
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work with interruptions
  • Skilled in use of standard laboratory instrumentation
  • Skilled in use of the laboratory information system (LIS)
  • Ability to recognize and correct problems with quality control
  • Ability to recognize problems and troubleshoot laboratory equipment
  • Ability to detail-oriented
  • Ability to complete appropriate documentation and paperwork clearly and completely
  • Knowledge of different patient populations and their needs, including neonatal, pediatric, and, geriatric
Professional Experience
  • Medical laboratory experience preferred, but not required.
  • Required: High school diploma
Licensure, Certification, Registration
  • N/A
Physical Demand Requirements
  • Light: Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Microbiology
Schedule: Full Time, Evening Shift, Monday thru Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00pm and rotating holidays

Job ID: 82761

Posted 23 days ago

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