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The Laboratory Assistant is responsible for assisting in the procurement, testing, and processing of laboratory specimens. The Laboratory Assistant provides data entry, supply inventory, and customer service support to facilitate specimen processing and result entry. The primary responsibilities for this position will vary by department and may include any or a combination of all) of the following:
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Enters and verifies test requests accurately and efficiently.
Obtains, enters and verifies patient information accurately and efficiently.
Assists with specimen storage, retrieval and disposal following standard precautions to abide by all regulatory policies and procedures.
Performs technical duties to include: a) collects Fine Needle Aspirations; b) processes specimens according to test requirements; c) prepares Bone Marrow smears; d) prepares slide processing; e) performs instrument maintenance; f) prepares slide staining; g) performs thermometer calibration; h) performs plating specimens for Microbiology on various medias
Prepares samples for appropriate transport to reference laboratory. Generates and reviews pending logs for outstanding specimen processing.
Provides telephone support for notification of non-critical laboratory test values. Faxes and prints reports as needed.
Assists staff with inventory management; rotates and restocks reagents and supplies as needed.
Takes daily temperatures of laboratory refrigerators, freezers, and incubators as required. Performs required daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance and function checks as required for eyewash station, safety shower, plasma thawer, etc.
Supports Department Supervisor with various projects and tasks as needed.
Understands the complexities of specimen integrity and makes first line decisions regarding specimen acceptability.
Properly washes and disinfects laboratory equipment and materials.
Tracks and receives batches of specimens arriving from off-site locations assuring that each specimen is accounted for and adequate for testing.
Operates and maintains operation of high volume centrifuges to include daily and weekly maintenance and disinfection as needed.
Troubleshoots and documents specimen integrity issues and patient orders.
Assists with the front phlebotomy desk duties as needed to include: answering the phones, coordination of stat orders with notification to the appropriate phlebotomist, answering of the pneumatic tube station and receiving of specimens into the lab system.
Assists the Supervisor in the training of new staff regarding lab assistant and specimen processing duties.
Monitors the performance of the automated track system in Chemistry and alerts techs when an issue arises and/or action is needed.
Compares vendor invoices against inventory receipt to check for accuracy/errors in billing.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum high school diploma or equivalent required.
Two years of previous clinical laboratory experience required or B.S. degree in a Biological Sciences or second year student in MLS or MLT clinical program.*
*For students in the Lab Assistant role, must complete MLS or MLT program within 2 years of hire.
Basic computer skills required and previous experience with Microsoft Office preferred.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Possess excellent customer service and problem-solving skills.
As an EOE/AA employer, the organization will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status.
A Not-for-Profit Regional Healthcare System Dedicated to Excellence. From our humble beginnings in Fredericksburg, Virginia as an eight-room hospital to our modern not-for-profit regional system, Mary Washington Healthcare has seen enormous growth and development in the past 100 years. Today, we are made up of two hospitals and 28 healthcare facilities and wellness services. Community leaders volunteer on our Board of Trustees in order to guide the continued growth and direction of our health care system.