Department:7010 - Laboratory Department
FTE:0.10 - PRN (as needed)
Schedule:As Needed, 2p-7p, weekend & holiday rotation
FLSA Status:Non-Exempt (Hourly)
Performs all specimen collection procedures and provides assistance to the Department technical and clerical staff.
- Obtains blood specimens and collects nonblood specimens such as urine, sputum, and throat swabs for laboratory testing.
- Checks the test requisition or computer label to assure correctness and completeness prior to collecting samples. Brings discrepancies to the attention of unit personnel for correction.
- Verifies positive patient identification.
- Performs venipunctures and finger-sticks using the aseptic technique and in accordance with department procedures. Observes hospital isolation procedures.
- Ensures that specimen requirements are met at the time of collection and maintains specimen integrity.
- Performs collection of therapeutic drug-monitoring assays and verifies with nursing personnel the last dose/date/time.
- Initials, dates, and times all collections.
- Accessions and processes specimens to prepare them for laboratory testing.
- Maintains proficiency and actively participates in specimen collection. Ensures proper patient identification, specimen labeling and integrity, and LIS documentation. Reassures patient and ensures comfort prior to leaving bedside or releasing patient.
- Delivers properly collected and verified specimens to appropriate areas and orders venipuncture collection in the LIS.
- Performs specimen collection at off-site locations, other healthcare facilities, and at special programs sponsored by the hospital.
- Provides specimen collection information to requesting clients utilizing the Laboratory Specimen Collection Manual and the laboratory rolodex.
- Queries the LIS to respond to telephone requests for patient results and documents appropriately.
- Assists in the training of students and new staff in specimen collection procedures including LIS aspects.
- Achieves and maintains competency for all procedures for which responsible (see department competency documentation).
- Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned by the supervisor or director.
SPECIALIZED KNOW-HOW & REQUIREMENTS:
- High School Diploma or equivalent required.
- Completion of a NAACLS approved phlebotomy program preferred.
- Phlebotomist certification with ASCP or AMT preferred.
- Demonstrates the knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to any age-related needs of the patients served on assigned unit. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to the patient population served. Able to assess and interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s needs and provide the appropriate care, including age-related care, needed by the neonate, pediatric, adolescent and/or geriatric patient group.