Full Job Description
Shift: Full time, Evenings, Rotating Weekend
Reporting to the Laboratory Director with accountability to the Laboratory Supervisor and Manager, the Medical Technologist performs laboratory procedures to provide physicians and pathologists with information to assist in the diagnosis and/or treatment of medical disorders; performs related clerical and service duties.
The Medical Technologist is responsible for the performance of laboratory tests that require the exercise of independent judgement and responsibility. This includes the performance of tests defined under CLIA ’88 as high complexity tests. Medical Technologists are to be knowledgeable in the technical areas to which they are assigned and is expected to resolve technical equipment and procedural problems to completion.
1. Performs high complexity and moderate (if applicable) complexity testing accurately and efficiently. Follows lab procedures carefully.
2. Receives blood and other patient specimens. Accurately labels, numbers, and routes specimens and their associated paperwork and computer records.
3. Performs laboratory procedures as assigned by the Supervisor; accurately performs routine and special laboratory tests according to procedure manuals and records their results; evaluates test results, including normal and abnormal results which require notification, documentation, and/or verification.
4. Maintains operational level of equipment, cleans when needed, and reports all malfunctioning equipment to team facilitator; performs and records maintenance procedures and basic troubleshooting.
5. Performs test procedures on quality control specimens, records their results, takes corrective action when indicated, and notifies supervisor when results are out of control; participates in quality assurance programs.
6. Updates knowledge of hospital and laboratory information system hardware and software as needed to perform assigned duties; troubleshoots and communicates problems to supervisor.
7. Follows all security procedures concerning confidential patient information, both written and computerized.
8. Maintains adequate level of supplies, restocks as needed, and notifies supervisor of inventory needs; checks in and documents use of new reagents as needed.
9. Participates in teaching of students and other health professionals as required.
10. Assumes a supervisory role in appropriate situations or when staffing needs warrant it. Assists in training new employees.
11. Communicates problems and suggestions for improvements to section supervisor.
12. Assumes responsibility for own professional growth by attending continuing education classes, seminars, and by reading professional journals.
13. May perform chain of custody drug screen collections and/or breath alcohol analysis to include analysis and completion of forms according to regulatory guidelines.
14. Adheres to all Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies, and procedures.
1. Current MT(ASCP) certification or equivalent with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.
2. Knowledge of the principles and procedures of routine and special laboratory tests and the equipment used.
3. Meet requirements to perform high complexity testing as defined by federal licensing guidelines (CLIA) and accrediting agencies (TJC, CAP).
4. The interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with physicians and hospital staff.
5. The organizational skills necessary to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and complete work efficiently.
6. The ability to work independently without supervision.
7. The ability to adhere to precise procedures and standards with a high degree of accuracy in observing, recording, and transmitting data.
1. Moderate physical effort. Requires continuous standing or walking. May require frequent lifting or moving of average weight material, or occasional lifting of moving heavy weight material.
2. The flow of work and character of duties involves concentrated mental and visual attention much or all of the time along with manual coordination.
1. Continuous risk of exposure to infectious disease and hazardous chemicals and solutions.
About Northwest Community Healthcare
In January 2021, Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) joined NorthShore University HealthSystem, which is now NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health. The NCH Arlington Heights campus features a 509-bed hospital with a Level II Trauma Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a dedicated pediatric acute care center. Throughout the northwest suburbs, NCH has 23 doctor’s offices; five immediate care centers; seven physical rehabilitation sites; and 13 lab locations.
NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system committed to providing access to quality, vibrant, community-connected care, serving an area of more than 4.2 million residents across six northeast Illinois counties. Our more than 25,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians aim to deliver transformative patient experiences and expert care close to home across more than 300 ambulatory locations and eight acute care hospitals – Edward (Naperville), Elmhurst, Evanston, Glenbrook (Glenview), Highland Park, Northwest Community (Arlington Heights) Skokie and Swedish (Chicago) – all recognized as Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence. Located in Naperville, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, provides for the mental health needs of area residents. For more information, visit NorthShore.org, SwedishCovenant.org, NCH.org and EEHealth.org.
Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Arlington Heights
Work Locations: 800 W Central – Hospital 800 W Central Rd Arlington Heights 60005
Job: Professional/ Technical Clinical
Shift: Evening Job
Employee Status: Regular
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