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RML Specialty Hospital Point of Care Coordinator - Laboratory, Part-time in Hinsdale, Illinois

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Point of Care Coordinator - Lab, collects, prepares, processes, and performs a range of laboratory tests for use in clinical assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases to ensure the validity and accuracy of test results. Serves as liaison between the Laboratory, Nursing, and other Patient Care Service Departments for Point of Care Testing (POCT) to enhance the quality of care delivered in each service area. Oversees technical performance of testing personnel performing duties in area of responsibility, as applicable.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports the Mission and Vision of RML Specialty Hospital by demonstrating RML's Core Values of Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Stewardship (STAIRS) in all actions. Promotes a positive patient, and customer experience by exemplifying the principles of the Language of Caring in all interactions with patients, families and coworkers.

  • Performs accurate and appropriate testing of specimens received in the laboratory, according to established laboratory protocol and procedures:

  • Evaluates specimens for acceptability for proper testing.

  • Investigates and documents problems with unacceptable specimens.

  • Organizes workload for maximum efficiency to complete tests being performed.

  • Accurately performs tests as requested on specimens received.

  • Verifies accuracy of results before reporting results.

  • Oversees technical performance of testing personnel performing duties in area of responsibility, as applicable.

  • Aides manager in development of technical and administrative procedures.

  • Reports test results in a timely manner and according to established lab protocols, and procedures:

  • Reports results for stats, abnormals, critical values, and other categories of special requests as defined by laboratory policy.

  • Monitors turnaround times of tests to ensure timeliness of service.

  • Follows established procedures for laboratory quality control (QC), and reports discrepancies to the appropriate supervisor:

  • Performs appropriate quality control for the test procedure.

  • Accurately analyzes and evaluates QC.

  • Appropriately notifies manager of discrepant QC results.

  • Troubleshoots unacceptable QC to determine the source of error.

  • Performs daily, weekly, monthly, or as needed, maintenance on instruments and equipment as appropriate:

  • Performs calibration of equipment as required.

  • Performs and documents maintenance according to the schedule for the instrument and equipment.

  • Performs and documents calibration of equipment according to scheduled intervals or receipt of reagents.

  • Trains new personnel on maintenance and calibration of equipment.

  • Troubleshoots instruments, equipment, reagents, and patient specimen's when problems occur. Notifies the Director of Ancillary Services if unable to solve the problem.

  • Complies with established laboratory and hospital policies for Standard Precautions and safety procedures. Follows universal precaution procedures when handling blood and/or body fluids to minimize exposure to infectious diseases. Follows safety policies and procedures when using chemicals.

  • Attends all required safety training programs and can describe his or her responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety, and specific job-related hazards.

  • Performs phlebotomy as appropriate for patient.

  • Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.

  • Promotes effective working relations both inter-departmentally and intra-departmentally to facilitate the laboratory’s ability to meet its goals/objectives:

  • Actively participates in ongoing quality assurance projects and quality assurance monitoring.

  • Completes work assignments on time/readily accepts new assignments.

  • Monitors laboratory interface, and data repository and investigates exceptions, and issues as needed.

  • Assists with training laboratory staff in new procedures, annual competencies, corrective action, and retraining, and in the orientation of new employees.

  • Assists director in resolving issues with contract laboratory.

  • Assists director in maintaining the quality plan.

  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS & CHARACTERISTICS

MINIMUM

PREFERRED

Skills & Abilities

1-2 years of Medical Laboratory Technologist experience with certification

3-5 years of experience in a clinical laboratory setting with quality assurance and/or point-of-care testing

Knowledge & Experience

BS degree in Life Sciences or Medical Technology and/or relevant science degree required

License/

Certification

Certification as Medical Technologist (ASCP) or equivalent is required

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a hospital environment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions associated with it.

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