The Emory University Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory is CLIA-certified and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The laboratory provides comprehensive testing for the detection, isolation, and identification of bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites with antimicrobial and antifungal susceptibility testing performed when indicated. The laboratory offers centralized services for three of the hospitals within the Emory Healthcare system in addition to 40 + outpatient clinics. The Laboratory also supports reference testing for the system. The microbiology laboratory performs over 100,000 billed tests per year, operates 24/7 and is staffed by 30 FTEs and 2 nationally recognized doctoral-level directors. The laboratory offers an ACGME-accredited medical microbiology fellowship and is also actively involved in training medical laboratory scientists, infectious disease fellows and pharmacy fellows. We are seeking individuals for evening and night shifts.
JOB DESCRIPTION:Performs various laboratory tests and procedures while adhering to standard operating procedures on patient specimens to assist in the diagnosis, study and treatment, or prevention of disease. Upholds the values of the organization including providing and demonstrating exemplary customer service skills throughout the preanalytical, analytical and post analytical processes.May perform tests including but not limited to standardized and semi-routine biological, chemical, hematological, immunological, immunohematological, microbiological, and serological tests in a research or clinical laboratory.Performs preventive maintenance on laboratory instruments and calibrates equipment and instruments as required.Operates laboratory equipment and troubleshoots equipment and instrument malfunctions. May assist in implementation of new equipment and procedures.Prepares reagents as needed. Assists in ordering and inventorying lab supplies. Responsible for quality control.Evaluates the validity of acceptable specimens and test results; compares them to previous results and other laboratory data.Identifies critical values, confirms and reports following standard operating procedures.In complex cases, evaluates all information and determines whether test results should be released, repeated, or referred to a pathologist.Refers abnormal or unexpected results to the appropriate individual(s).Maintains accurate and complete documentation of patient information, equipment, and test results to comply with regulations.Documents corrective actions taken for out of range test values. Maintains clean, orderly and safe work area.Complies with hospital and laboratory safety and infection control policies and procedures to prevent exposure to infectious materials.Performs required calculation and reports results by phone and/or computer. Audits computer reports to ensure that scheduled tests have been completed.Assists in gathering data to monitor quality improvement standards and in preparing reports.May perform venipuncture or capillary puncture to obtain blood specimen.May assist in staff and student education by demonstrating procedures and by assisting in staff continuing education activities. Attends educational in-services as appropriate.Maintains certification as required. Works with leader to formulate plan for professional development.Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments.Perform other related duties as required.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology, or a chemical, physical or biological science.Other bachelor's degree will be accepted if graduated from an accredited school and science and math coursework meet requirements of certifying agency.Bachelor's degree may be waived for a medical technologist who was ASCP certified in the years prior to the bachelor's degree requirement by ASCP and a HEW/HHS technologist certified by Health and Human Services.Eligible for certification by one of the following accreditation agencies: MT (ASCP), MLS (ASCP, MT (AMT), MT (HHS or HEW), MT (AAB), generalist or categorical if applicable.Experience preferred but not required.State of Georgia requires certification must be obtained within 18 months of cumulative employment as a medical technologist.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.