Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.
Job Role Summary
The Medical Technologist II performs pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic clinical laboratory testing to assist other healthcare providers in the diagnosis and treatment of patients as well as in disease monitoring and prevention. Technologists may work in one or more areas of the laboratory to include Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology/Serology and Blood Bank.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Follows policies and procedures (SOPs) to ensure minimal errors during the pre-analytic phase of testing. Evaluates acceptability of specimens for testing ordered, including documentation. Prepares specimens for testing, including accessioning in the LIS as needed. Follows up and documents appropriately all specimen/order errors/issues. Monitors inventory and supplies and notifies the appropriate individual before supply is depleted.
Follows policies and procedures to ensure minimal errors during the testing phase. Performs laboratory testing for patient specimens and proficiency samples. Performs and documents quality control, assesses acceptability and records any corrective action. Performs laboratory testing for patient. Performs and documents equipment maintenance. Performs minor repairs/troubleshoots problems. Records/communicates issues and documents corrective action. Actively participates in completion of daily tasks (in addition to QC/PM), including shift hand offs.
Follows policies and procedures to ensure minimal errors during the post-analytic phase of testing. Verifies and reports patient test results accurately in the LIS, including proper documentation during computer downtimes (e.g. delta checks). Communicates critical values and corrected results to appropriate caregiver and documents communication completely. Works carefully and checks work to ensure minimal clerical errors. Documents accurately when correcting errors/issuing corrected results.
Completes assignments/mandatories according to policies and procedures, with complete documentation and within designated time frames. Includes, but not limited to: Procedure and policy reviews, Read and signs, Annual TB testing and flu shots, Section competencies, Proficiency testing, Hospital annual education.
Prioritizes and organizes work effectively to balance multiple tasks, while maintaining quality standards. Maintains turnaround time standards for patient testing, including the use of outstanding lists, worksheets, etc; Assists others to maintain an efficient workflow and meet turnaround time expectations.
Functions as a self-starter, arrives to work on scheduled days and is in the section ready to begin work at the start of the shift, as well as demonstrates flexibility with schedule to meet the needs of the department/section (e.g. scheduled/unscheduled overtime, extra shifts, on-call). Stays busy with Eskenazi work throughout the assigned shift by assisting others or finding tasks to complete. Ensures continuity of workflow by communicating with co-workers when leaving the work area.
Identifies and solves problems and issues independently and documents appropriately.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned (examples include but are not limited to: training students and/or new employees, assisting in startup studies for instruments or new procedures, assisting in validation of computer or interface upgrades and changes, acting as an instrument key operator.)
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology or Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology, or Bachelor of Science in a related life science (e.g. Biology or Chemistry) and 3 years of experience in a clinical laboratory. Degrees must be from an accredited U.S. college or university or foreign degrees must be officially assessed to determine U.S. equivalency.
ASCP or equivalent certification preferred
One year or if a new graduate, must have completed competencies in the assigned section(s)
Knowledge of accrediting agencies and regulations associated with accreditation for areas of the lab worked (TJC, ISDH, CAP, AABB, FDA)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to assess age-specific and population-specific needs of patients
Knowledge of various standard lab and medical procedures
Basic knowledge of medical terminology
Knowledge of ICD-9/CPT coding
Knowledge of health care insurance
Basic computer skills
Basic mathematic skills
Ability to recognize emergent situations and act appropriately
Ability to understand and carry out written orders
Ability to stand/walk for extensive periods of time
Exhibit hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity when working with patients and/or equipment
Ability to appropriately interact with patients from all economic, educational, social, cultural, ethnic backgrounds
Ability to work in an environment with exposure to potentially dangerous/infectious materials and situations
Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation's 150 best places to work by Becker's Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America's best midsize employers' Eskenazi Health's programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city's primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care - Center of Excellence in Women's Health, just to name a few.