The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis. Incumbent also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal supervision. The work is in a variety of laboratory disciplines including phlebotomy. . The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist include but are not limited to the following: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including Medical Technologist occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Knowledge of Hematology and Coagulation Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing. Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines. Other job duties as assigned by the Supervisor/ Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM .Consist of five (5) days/week, eight (8) hours/day and includes rotating regular and irregular weekends and holidays. The position may include permanent or rotating assignment to the day, evening or night shifts. The position may require working days, evening or night shift to provide emergency coverage of the laboratory to fulfill patient care needs as priorities demonstrate. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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