Receives and processes laboratory specimens, enters client and specimen data into computer, answers telephone and responds to questions/concerns of clients. May perform some training and supervisor functions as deemed necessary by the Processing Supervisor.
Essential Position Duties
* Receives specimens and checks all specimens for correct name and tests ordered. Ensures adequacy and appropriateness of sample received. * Labels and aliquots specimens as needed. * Prepares specimens for sending out to reference lab. * Discards specimens that are more than seven (7) days old. * Centrifuges specimens as needed. * Numbers all urine specimens for both urinalysis and cultures. Pours off specimens and plants urine cultures. * Numbers all other culture specimens and enters requisitions. Prepares them to be planted. Plant microbiology specimens according written protocols. * Sorts and numbers all specimens, including Pap's, biopsies, and cultures. * Enters client and specimen data into the computer. * Ensures accuracy of information entered. * Reviews patient Requisition Log and makes corrections as needed. * Answers telephone to assist with client or phlebotomist questions regarding specimen requirements and turnaround times of tests. * Decontaminates the bench tops according to instructions. * Wears all protective equipment as dictated by policy. * Follows all safety protocols as outlined in the safety manual. * Identifies and pursues self-improvements needs. * Seeks coaching/mentoring when appropriate.
* Complies with applicable legal requirements, standards, and procedures including, but not limited to, those within the Compliance Process, Code of Conduct, HIPAA and Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). * Participates in required orientation, Compliance and HIPAA training programs. * Cooperates with monitoring and audit functions and investigations. * Participates, as required, in process improvement responsibilities.
Core Competencies/Skill Sets
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills. * Excellent organizational skills. * Exercises accuracy and precision in completion of prescribed tasks and treatments.
Professional Experience/Educational Requirements
* High school diploma or equivalent. * Prior laboratory experience preferred. * Data entry/computer skills required.