As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
This position is responsible for the performance of analytical procedures, using manual and automated methods, and through a variety of clinical laboratory methodologies (e.g., manual/visual plate-reading, microscopy, analyzer, rapid-test, etc.). Supervision is not required for specimen processing, test performance, reporting results of procedures with documented training. In this function, must be able to perform all required calibration, quality control, statistical calculations and other process control and mathematical functions. Associate must also be able to understand concepts such as linearity, standard deviation, control charts, etc., as these apply to the performance of analytical testing in a clinical laboratory. Specific procedures performed depend upon the associate’s specific assignment, for example, identifies bacteriological organisms in Microbiology, or performs analysis of potassium in Chemistry. . Makes presentations (e.g., gives educational talks) to groups as assigned.
Participates as a member on inspection teams, for example, as part of the College of American Pathologists program.
Orders, accessions, statuses and reports results of tests performed on patient specimens, monitoring a variety of critical clinical issues, such as patient identifiers, specimen quality, order appropriateness, etc. In this function, must be able to read and understand a variety of written material such as specimen requisitions, worksheets, patient identification, specimen requirements, etc., whether performing this task manually (e.g., on paper) or through the use of an information system.
Must be able to check and verify information such as patient identification, lot numbers, expiration dates, etc., and act appropriately.
Uses, calibrates and performs trouble-shooting and maintenance on laboratory equipment following established procedures, and as assigned by supervisor.
Must be able to take responsibility for laboratory equipment performance, as demonstrated by interactions with technical representatives for instrument maintenance, both preventive and repair; must be able to successfully perform start-up and shut-down of complex analytical equipment.
If assigned, collects specimens from patients and others as assigned, including collection of blood specimens by phlebotomy, following established procedures for this. Such collections may take place in a variety of environments, such as during assistance in bone marrow aspiration in Operating Room areas, for collection of capillary specimens from neonates, or performance of sweat collections. Such collections may require entering patient isolation rooms, whereby, associate must follow appropriate infection control procedures.
Transports specimens as assigned, for example, from Operating Room, following appropriate procedures
Reviews technical and administrative procedures as assigned.
The medical technologist is responsible for staying informed about section changes, procedure changes and updates, etc.; procedures must be reviewed at least once every two years, and documented as per section protocols.
Reviews questions about procedures with section supervisor or designee as needed, informing supervisor when confusion about instructions or procedures exists.
Handles supply and inventory issues as required/assigned, identifying key technical parameters, such as lot numbers, storage requirements, etc. as required for performance of laboratory procedures.
Follows laboratory section inventory procedures (e.g., recording date received, condition when received, checking order forms, invoices, etc.) Retrieves supplies, equipment from storage areas as needed.
Answers telephone as assigned; in this function, interacts routinely with a variety of individuals, including physicians, and other clinical staff, patients and their families, inspectors, vendors, etc.
Must be able to demonstrate good customer service, for example, answering telephone promptly, referring calls appropriately, etc.
Follows all laboratory and hospital safety policies (including, but not limited to chemical safety, e.g., the laboratory’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, infection control policies, etc.).
Must be able to perform functions using personal protective equipment and barrier protection, such as disposable gloves, laboratory coats, shields, goggles, etc.
Must be able to handle a variety of hazardous materials, such as chemicals and pathogenic organisms. Handles hazardous materials using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); ensures hazardous waste is accurately labeled. Trains others as assigned (e.g., students, residents, new employees, etc.).
Clinical laboratory technical skills, such as pipetting, aliquotting, microscopy, etc.
Sufficient dexterity to allow the careful handling of small specimens, and materials, such as tubing, specimen cups, pipette tips, etc.
Prioritization of multiple tasks, distinguishing urgent and routine tasks, and acting accordingly.
Visual acuity sufficient to allow visual assessment of specimens and other materials.
Must have good judgment and decision-making skills, demonstrating the ability to identify problems , propose potential solutions, and solve problems related to clinical laboratory testing. Must be able to decide independently when further intervention is needed (e.g., when to inform a physician that a specimen is inadequate and may warrant recollection).
Accurately relay and record patient and specimen data.
Must interact and communicate well with staff, nurses, physicians, leadership, patients and families, and outside customers.
Must demonstrate ability as an effective team member in a variety of work situations.
Maintain professional demeanor, even in stressful situations involving critical patient care activities.
B. S. in Medical Technology (B.S.M.T. or equivalent, e.g., HHS examination or ability to meet CLIA qualifications for Moderate complexity laboratory testing)
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.