POSITION SUMMARY The Laboratory Assistant performs support duties for efficient laboratory operations. This position assists with the collection, handling and preparation of specimens for laboratory testing as directed and according to established departmental standards. Duties include verification and labeling of specimens, handling and transporting specimens, preparation of slides, and maintaining necessary supplies. This role may include the collection of blood according to established procedures in a manner that supports quality patient care. This position supports organizational goals by providing quality customer service, participating in performance improvement efforts and demonstrating a commitment to team work and cooperation. QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelors degree in Biology or related field strongly preferred for Histology and Cytology positions. LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: ASCP/Phlebotomy certification or registry eligible preferred. Previous hospital phlebotomy experience may be substituted for certification. Incumbents working in a phlebotomist role must maintain 12 CEUs annually. Current Heart Saver CPR certification required for only the Laboratory Assistant I, within 6 months from date of hire or transfer. Heart Saver CPR Certified every two years, required. The Lab Assistants in the Clinical Lab musts have a Valid NJ Driver's License. EXPERIENCE: Prior experience preferred, but not required. Knowledge of medical terminology required; knowledge of laboratory information system utilization must be acquired after 3 months on the job training. Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire; incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and then skill will be required for this position within 30-60 days from date of hire. PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS Must have the ability to distinguish colors. Strict compliance with laboratory Fraud and Abuse policies and requirements is an employment condition. WORK ENVIRONMENT Potential for exposure to the hazards and risk of the hospital environment, including exposure to infectious disease, blood-borne pathogens, hazardous substances, and potential injury. This position demands increased amounts of standing, bending and manual manipulation, as well as some light lifting. The department specific Assessment and Evaluation Tool lists the essential functions of this position. Core competencies will be assessed primarily to the following patient population(s) served (with the exception of newborns): All diagnoses/conditions of patients admitted to the hospital.
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