Assist the Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the performance of automated, semi-automated and manual procedures; process specimens including specimen pick-up, order entry and distribution; perform clerical functions; assist with administrative functions in the Laboratory. Lab assistant may perform phlebotomy procedures as directed by the supervisor. May not perform any duties or tasks that require a California Clinical Laboratory Scientist License.
Major Position Responsibilities:
Process specimens received in the laboratory, including but not limited to, specimen pick-up, sorting, requisition entry, distribution of specimens to all laboratory sections.
Centrifuge and aliquot specimens to appropriate containers.
Answer the telephone; locate samples for add on orders; take appropriate messages.
Call critical and abnormal test results with appropriate documentation.
Order tests in the LIS. Contact nursing units or physician’s offices to verify confusing incomplete or confusing orders or sample problems.
Under the direct supervision of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist, set up and load tests on instruments or procedures as determined by the section supervisor.
Under the direct supervision of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist, perform limited function checks and preventative maintenance on instruments.
Respond to the tube system and receive samples, order tests, and distribute specimens.
Wash, dry, and restock glassware.
Process specimens for referral laboratory send out.
Regularly clean, defrost refrigerators and freezers.
Take inventory of reagents and supplies and restock when needed.
Put away supplies as they are received.
Assist the supervisor in training Lab Assistant I or Lab Assistant II staff.
May not perform any duties or tasks that require a California Clinical Laboratory Scientist license or Medical Lab Technician license.
Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
One year of recent laboratory assistant experience preferred.
Knowledge and ability to use medical terminology required.
Excellent professional communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.