Laboratory Assistant I

ID
2017-17839
Department
Lab Admin
Work Hours
Primary Shift: 1130-2000; Secondary Shifts: 0930-1800, 0730-1600
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Hours Per 2-Week Pay Period
80 Hours
US-NY-Plattsburgh
Weekend Requirements
Weekends and holidays as scheduled

Overview

Performs technical, non-testing procedures in support of the various Laboratory sections.  Some assignments may require autopsy assistant and/or phlebotomy duties. 

Responsibilities

Specimen Processing Skill Set  

  1. Accepts drop-off specimens from outpatients and physician offices.
  2. Performs computer requisition entry for requested lab testing.
  3. Performs initial specimen processing to include spinning down blood in a centrifuge and distribution of specimens as indicated by tests ordered and priority status. Packages and transmits specimens to reference labs for testing.
  4. Performs maintenance and troubleshooting for equipment in the specimen processing area.
  5. Transports lab reports and specimens to and from outreach locations.
  6. Collects urine drug screens when necessary.
  7. Receives, aliquots and accessions specimens for clinical testing. Inpatient and Outpatient.
  8. Prepares and maintains inventory supplies.
  9. Performs clerical duties such as filing, responding to phone inquiries and requesting computer reports, such as worksheets.
  10. Performs light housekeeping duties to include, but not limited to, washing glassware, cleaning cupboards and drawers, defrosting/cleaning freezers and refrigerators, emptying red bag waste.
  11. Completes specimen transport logs, receiving all specimens. Documents time and date of receipt, phlebotomy workload and phlebotomy code.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  1. A high school diploma is required.
  2. Some assignments require ability to lift 60 lbs. of dead weight and move objects weighing up to 200 lbs.
  3. Experience with or ability to learn operation of minor Laboratory equipment such as analytical balance, autoclave, water distiller/deionizer, pipette washer and centrifuge.
  4. Candidate will have computer and keyboarding skills, understand medical terminology and demonstrate customer service ability.
  5. Good data entry skills required.
  6. Previous experience as a Laboratory Clinical Assistant, Laboratory Clerk III, Laboratory Clerk IV, or Donor Phlebotomists preferred. Other Clinical Assistants will be considered next if no applicants from prior group.
  7. Minimum of six months (1040 hours) of professional experience with venipuncture to obtain specimens for analysis as a function, or completion of a phlebotomy training course with certificate required.
  8. Must complete competency/rotations through Specimen Processing skill set.

As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.

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