The Cytogenetic Technologist is able to work independently setting up and processing appropriate specimens submitted for cytogenetic analysis, performing analysis, preparing karyograms and describing the results using correct ISCN nomenclature for karyotypes. These responsibilities include both conventional cytogenetic and FISH studies as assigned.
Accurately analyzes patient, control and proficiency testing specimens and records results in a timely manner according to laboratory policy.
Calibrates, maintains, operates, troubleshoots instrumentation issues and completes appropriate documentation.
Completes continuing education and submits appropriate documentation where applicable to maintain certification.
Completes paperwork accurately and submits appropriately.
Follows chain of command and brings issues to the attention of the supervisor, Assistant Director or Medical Director.
Follows regulatory, accreditation, safety and hospital standards, policies and procedures.
Instructs, orients and mentors students, employees, residents, patients and other health care providers as applicable.
Maintains an adequate inventory of all chemicals and supplies.
Accurately prepares, labels, stores and disposes of reagents, standards, controls and specimens for analysis.
Participates in quality assurance and quality improvement activities.
Performs validation testing that is needed to implement new tests in the laboratory and monitors normal ranges as appropriate.
Reviews and correlates results of laboratory tests related to the patient's diagnosis and to previous studies as appropriate, recognizing abnormal results and critical/alert values.
Initiates corrective action when indicated.
Uses and wears PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as necessary to perform job duties safely and minimize risk.
Utilizes lab-defined database and software programs appropriately to document all phases of testing in the laboratory.
*Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.
*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological, Physical, Chemical or Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology from an accredited institution - Or Bachelor's Degree and meets the CLIA requirements for high complexity testing
Cytogenetic Technologist Certification - Or ASCP, NCA or eligible (Must be completed within 6 months of hire)
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