Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Dena'ina Wellness Center - Laboratory & Imaging
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Full Time

Laboratory & Imaging Assistant

Dept./Program: DWC Laboratory & Radiology

Division: Health Systems

Reports To: Laboratory & Imaging Supervisor

Employment Status: Full time

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 40 hours/week

Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

Revision Date: 03/22/2018

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Laboratory/Imaging Supervisor, the Laboratory & Imaging Assistant assumes the responsibility for procuring the appropriate specimen in a safe, accurate, and professional manner with the proper technique.  Oversees referred testing, including laboratory, pathology, and cytology testing.  Performs CLIA waived and moderately complex clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate results to facilitate diagnosis and treatment.  Accurately performs quality control procedures in a timely manner to assure accuracy and reliability of test results.  Performs department maintenance in a timely manner to ensure efficient operation of the department.  Perform diagnostic imaging under the philosophy, policies and procedures established by the laboratory department. Perform inventory management to ensure supplies are available as needed.  Observe safety, infection control, and risk management policies and procedures; participate in continuing education programs and related professional activities; perform any duties and functions necessary to the efficient and quality operation of the department.

Essential Functions

General

  • Completes work within acceptable time limits by prioritizing workload.
  • Is able to perform several tasks simultaneously during peak workload situations. Ensures accuracy, attention to detail, and completeness of work performed.
  • Maintains a clean, organized, stocked, work area.
  • Uses policy and procedure manual and other reference materials to ensure proper course of action and retains the information.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in handling situations not covered by written or verbal instructions, including ambiguous orders.
  • Effectively adjusts schedule as required to perform urgent assignments, special projects, or

scheduling needs of the lab.

  • Demonstrates the ability to perform work in an accurate and timely manner in periods of stress and emergency situations.
  • Follows through with assignments and lets supervisor or next shift know if unable to complete task; recognizes duties to be performed although not directly assigned.
  • Interacts and communicates with others in a way that promotes a harmonious and cooperative

work environment and listens and responds to constructive criticism in a productive manner.

  • Maintains the confidentiality of patient's records and employee information and uses discretion.
  • Provides a safe environment for patients and demonstrates concern for providing care of the highest quality.
  • Enhances laboratory services reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the laboratory/radiology supervisor.

Laboratory Specific

  • Organizes work by matching computer orders with specimen labeling; sorting specimens; checking labeling; logging specimens; arranging reports for delivery; keeping work surfaces clean and orderly.
  • Maintains quality results by running standards and controls, verifying equipment function through routine equipment maintenance and advanced trouble shooting; calibrating equipment utilizing approved testing procedures; monitoring quality control measures and protocols.
  • Serves as technical resource by participating in staff training; answering questions of other professionals; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; participating in professional organizations.
  • Identifies and communicates abnormal patient conditions by alerting supervisory personnel, the medical provider, or case manager; reporting mandated information to the public health department or other designated officials.
  • Identifies the presence or quantity of drugs of abuse and toxic substances by operating toxicology instrumentation and performing manual methods for the performance of drug screens, blood alcohol levels, and lead levels.
  • Provides test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by operating chemistry equipment.
  • Provides test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by operating hematology, urinalysis, and coagulation equipment; performing manual methods of differentials.
  • Provides test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by performing microscopy on urine sediment, vaginal wet mounts, and KOH preps.
  • Provides medical provider with information for treatment of patient infection by performing technical procedures for the presumptive identification of Beta Streptococcus Group A.
  • Prepares reagents and chemical solutions to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Maintains accurate records, labels products, and orders materials.
  • Participates in proficiency testing events.
  • Performs all Laboratory Information system (LIS) functions necessary to complete patient testing and specimen processing.
  • Performs all routine maintenance procedures and calibration of clinical analyzers throughout the laboratory.
  • Performs and documents quality control according to clinical area guidelines and takes remedial action when necessary. Documents and alerts laboratory supervisor to unresolved problems.
  • Participates in the continuing Quality Assurance process in the clinical laboratory.
  • Works closely with laboratory administration to assure compliance with all regulatory agencies.

Imaging Specific

  • Works under the general supervision of the imaging technologist in preparing patients for radiologic exams and in applying ionizing radiation to patients for diagnostic purposes.
  • Positions patients under radiology machines, adjusts immobilization devices, affixes lead shields to protect unaffected areas, and adjusts controls regulating length and intensity of exposure.
  • Review and evaluate radiologic images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  • Transmits images to ANMC Radiology for interpretation.
  • Performs all Laboratory Information system (LIS) functions necessary to complete patient testing and specimen processing.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list.  The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

Chemical Hazards

Other:  Biohazards

OSHA Categories

Category I Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue

Equipment and Tools

List Equipment used for job:  Computer, scanner, fax, copier, other office equipment

List Tools:  Typical laboratory & radiology instruments and tools.

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle:  Mobile lab services conducted weekly

Travel

Local

In-State

Out-of-State

Comments:  Mobile laboratory services require local travel.  Training requirements often require in-state and out-of-state travel.

Qualifications

Education

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Experience

  • Experience performing X-ray images preferred
  • Two years' experience performing routine laboratory testing and phlebotomy preferred

License/Certification

  • Certification in phlebotomy preferred
  • Current CPR certification preferred (Required within 30 days of hire)

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of routine laboratory chemistry including chemical composition, structure and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they may undergo.  This includes use of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, and production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work in an ambulatory health care environment and to work effectively with management and clinical staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, attention to detail and able to handle pressures from people and environment.
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