Under the guidance of the Anatomic Pathology Manager and Cytology Medical Director, the incumbent is responsible for managing the operations of the Cytology Laboratory. Primary responsibilities include the supervision of laboratory; oversight of Rapid on-Site Evaluation (ROSE) and Adequacy Assment procedures; technical oversight of cytotechnologists and hospital laboratory technicians; quality control; quality assurance; compliance with The Joint Commission and State requirements, including oversight of site visit preparations. In addition, it is the role of the supervisor to educate and role model for cytotechnologist students, residents, and fellows during their rotations. The incumbent serves as a lead technical expert in interrupting all gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens. The incumbent must have an extensive knowledge of the full scope of general Cytology technical duties in the laboratory when required (receiving specimens, accessioning, processing all specimen types, and troubleshooting specimen, order and billing issues). As supervisor, the incumbent recruits, hires, trains, completes performance evaluations, and resolves employee issues; provides orientation, completes competency assessments, maintains staff schedules, training and compliance documentation; implements new tests and procedures as requested by pathologists; updates and maintains the lab manuals and annual reviews required for accreditation; integrates new technologies into the laboratory to include analyzing and selection of new equipment that meets space constraints and operational needs; ensures that new equipment and associated validation and staff training are performed; all equipment is well-maintained; staff training and documentation are completed as required; QC documentation is complete and quality standards are maintained in the laboratory; proactively advises and assists researchers planning research projects and determines the ability of the laboratory to accommodate research projects.
Must possess valid State of CA Cytotechnologist license with a minimum of 5 years of Cytotechnology experience in a hospital setting.
Skills and experience to evaluate 19,200 gynecologic slides, 7,800 non-gynecologic slides per year, when no other duties are required, or proportionally less when other duties are required.
Knowledge of employee progressive disciplinary steps, Collective Bargaining Agreements and human resources Leaves of Absence (i.e., FMLA, KinCare, Workers’ Compensation, etc.).
Skills to diagnose accurately, to meet State and Federal requirements.
Skills to determine clinicopathologic correlations.
Skills to manage allocated resources, including labor and supply resources recognizing the relative costs and benefits of potential actions.
Knowledge of safety policies and procedures, occupational hazards, and safety precautions, including Department and UCDHS Infection Control policies and procedures including Standard Precautions procedures.
Knowledge of Hospital and Laboratory Information System (LIS), EMR, hospital Incident Report System (RL Solutions), email, Internet, Microsoft Office and data management software.
Knowledge of and applies the principles of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Continuous Quality Improvement.
Work Environment/Physical Demands
Must have visual acuity/color vision to satisfactorily perform routine duties, utilize equipment within each specific section of department.
Must be able to work overtime as needed and rotate weekends, holidays and “on call” hours per departmental staffing policies.
Must be able to work variable shifts to provide 24-hour coverage.
Must be able to lift, move, and handle objects weighting up to 44 lbs.
Will also be required to utilize body mechanics (walking, sitting, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, grasping, pushing, pulling, and reaching) when necessary to carry out all job duties and functions.
State of California, Department of Health License to practice Cytotechnology (CLM) - Board of Registry, American Society of Clinical Pathologists (or equivalent , such as IAC or CMIAC) License and certification must be current and renewed bi-annually.
The incumbent is also required to obtain the necessary amount of continuing education credits to maintain certification and licensure.
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