SUMMARY: Performs medical laboratory tests, procedures, and analyses to provide data for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Directly supervises employees in the Microbiology Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; scheduling, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems; and perform the same or similar duties and responsibilities as the microbiology technologists:
- Receives human specimens. Examines materials for evidence of microbial organisms.
- Conducts chemical analyses of body fluids such as blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine
presence of normal and abnormal components.
- Examines smears for organisms and blood cells. Analyzes test results and enters findings in computer.
- Performs quality control studies to ensure accuracy of clinical data.
- Performs routine preventative maintenance on assigned instruments and equipment according
to established schedule and procedure. Verifies instrument functioning by checking and calibrating specific lab instruments and documents data. Records on instrument logs any repairs, replacement, and maintenance needed of equipment.
- Performs all required specimen preparation and labeling.
- Completes required records, reports, and appropriate entries into the computer and/or all required logs.
- Interprets clinical laboratory tests for accuracy, acceptability and critical limits, obtaining information for use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- Repeats abnormals, calls panic values, verifies results, and corrects incorrect results.
- Assists in answering the telephone in the absence of client services personnel.
- Answers questions posed by physicians, physician's office staff, or patients concerning
procedures, normal and therapeutic ranges, interpretations and all other areas of consultation.
- Recommends methodologies and equipment for the Microbiology Department.
- Performs other job related duties as assigned.
Work experience requirements: Minimum five years experience in the Clinical Laboratory, with increasing level of responsibility and supervisory experience in Microbiology, as a California Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
Education Requirements: (B.S.) Bachelor’s of Science degree from accredited four year college or university; Requires valid California Clinical Laboratory Scientist License; A.S.C.P. or other applicable certification is desirable, but not required. Continuing education as dictated by governmental agencies required for license validity.