Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

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Title: Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Facility: Holdrege, NE

Reports To: Medical Laboratory Supervisor

Status: Full-Time

Position Summary:

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT): performs medical laboratory tests, procedures and analyses using standard laboratory methods and techniques as provided by the Medical Laboratory Supervisor to provide data for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease of patients of all ages; operates and adjusts laboratory equipment, performs routine maintenance, function verification, and troubleshooting of the various laboratory equipment; obtains various specimens from patients by performing various phlebotomy procedures following standard safety techniques in the laboratory and may also give instructions to patients concerning patient preparation for some test procedures; performs proficiency testing according to the test procedure and requirements; performs tasks related to testing in the pre-analytical, testing, and post-analytical phases of obtaining test results (including specimen collection, processing and handling, testing, quality control, and the proper documentation of reports on log sheets and report forms; performs administrative duties relating to specimen referral to a reference lab, record keeping, ordering supplies, quality assurance, and completing test requisitions according to procedures. Compliance with rules and regulations of all applicable federal, state and local laws as well as FMS and ruralMED Management Resources policies, standards and best practices is a condition of employment.

Job Duties:

Incumbent must have the skills, ability and judgment to perform the following essential job duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • May verify / validate patient results unsupervised.
  • Conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses of body fluids.
  • Studies blood cells, their numbers, and morphology.
  • Analyzes test results and enters findings in computer.
  • Can identify problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the Technical Supervisor (Medical Laboratory Supervisor) or Laboratory Director.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.
  • Assesses data regarding the patient’s procedure based on the patient’s age and condition.
  • Provides and instructs patients; and/or their families, or significant others with information appropriate for age and learning abilities.
  • Performs quality control studies to ensure accuracy of clinical data; adheres to the laboratory’s quality control policies; documents all quality control activities, instrument, and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
  • Assists in data collection for Quality Assurance/Improvement.
  • Performs routine preventative maintenance on assigned instruments and equipment according to established schedule and procedures.
  • Draws blood from patients, following the laboratory’s procedure.
  • Prepares laboratory specimens for transfer to referral facility.
  • Verifies instrument functioning by checking and calibrating specific lab instruments and documents data.
  • Performs proficiency testing and maintains records that demonstrate that these samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
  • Records on instrument logs any repairs, replacement, and maintenance needed of equipment.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Responsible for rotation of departmental duties.
  • Greets customers promptly and courteously.
  • Demonstrates competency annually in assigned areas of work.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, climb or balance, and taste or smell.  The employee is frequently required to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and the risk of electrical shock.  The level of risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens is Classification I as defined by the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Required Education:

Associates degree (A.A.) from a two year college or university.

Licenses/Certifications Required:

  • MLT (ASCP), MLT (AMT), or MLT (HEW)

  • Current BLS/CPR certification.