Provides technical supervision and training to subordinate-level staff members; performs simple and complex molecular laboratory test procedures in a timely manner as assigned; obtains and interprets data for diagnosis and treatment of disease; performs related laboratory technology duties.
- Prepares and examines specimens using a variety of instruments, histologic and molecular diagnostic techniques.
- Sets up and works with laboratory equipment in order to test tissue, blood and blood parts for various indicators of clinical conditions.
- Reviews work of subordinate-level staff, providing technical oversight and ensuring quality results.
- Utilizes analysis software for QC monitoring, report interpretation and generation.
- Utilizes Laboratory Information Management System for tracking, documenting and reporting patient test results.
- Assists in the training and education of employees/students to explain and demonstrate testing procedures and standard operating procedures.
- Provides input to enhance standard operating procedures.
- Assists in the assignment and coordination of laboratory duties of staff.
- Maintains a safe and well-stocked work environment; validates reagents, instruments and procedures.
- Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety and compliance standards.
- Involved in relevant quality control and continuous quality improvement activities, the performance of calibration and maintenance procedures.
- Enhances professional growth and development by participating in educational programs, reading current literature and participating in in-service meetings and workshops.
- Prepares other written documentation as required by the profession and the department; maintains, distributes, analyzes and projects information for required records, reports and statistics as directed.
- Attends meetings as required.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
OTHER DESCRIPTIVE ELEMENTS
The Medical Laboratory Scientist typically reports to the Supervising Medical Laboratory Scientist. The incumbent has limited authority to make decisions or commitments directly related to the performance of the job. Authority to make decisions or commitments within the limits of company policies and procedures that are clearly specified. Decisions are varied and based on well-defined guidelines and practices.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS
The Medical Laboratory Scientist has contact within the department and some routine contact outside the department with limited or no external contact.
- Must be familiar with a personal computer and the Laboratory Information Management System.
- Must have knowledge of molecular laboratory test procedures.
- Must demonstrate the ability to prioritize tests to be performed in emergency situations.
- Must possess a working knowledge of instrumentation/procedures and perform preventive maintenance and troubleshooting.
- Must have general knowledge of age-specific ranges/testing requirements and age-specific requirements for sample collection.
MACHINES, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT USED
- Personal computer
- Laboratory Information Management System
- Various laboratory equipment and analytic software tools
While performing the duties of this job, the Medical Laboratory Scientist is frequently required to talk or hear and use hands or fingers to manipulate, touch or handle. The incumbent is regularly required to stand, sit, and reach with hands or arms. He/she is occasionally required to walk. The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth vision and the ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are not job requirements, but are representative of those demands that are typically expected of employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.