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Preparatory Technician, Per Diem

Job ID 85720 Full / Part Time: Per Diem
Location: Baystate Medical Center
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Baystate Health is seeking a Preparatory Technician

What You Will Need:

As the Baystate Preparatory Technician you will be asked to perform a variety of duties involving the receipt, assessment, accessioning and preparation of patient specimens for analysis.  Verifies specimen identity (type of specimen and patient information), and appropriateness of orders. Accurately accessions the specimen and orders in a laboratory information system and labels the specimen and associated testing components. Perform a variety of procedures which may include inoculation of specimens on to culture media, preparing specimens for microscopic analysis, preparing and loading specimens on to automated specimen processing or testing equipment or other preparatory techniques.  Prepares basic laboratory reagents and solutions and may perform certain staining techniques. Archives specimens appropriately and/or ensures appropriate aliquots are delivered to other departments or reference laboratories for further testing as required.  Respond to telephone and other inquiries for laboratory test information, referring calls to other staff as appropriate. Acquire knowledge of basic laboratory testing, equipment and techniques.  You will adhere to departmental policies and procedures, asked to record basic quality control data.

  • Verifies identity, source and appropriateness of specimen for the orders received. Refers any questions regarding these to the appropriate technical staff member.  Accurately enters orders into Laboratory Information System. Ensures accurate labeling of specimen and any testing components with patient and test information. Uses basic knowledge of specimen volume/quantity requirements to ensure that appropriate prioritization is applied to order of testing and allocation of specimen to other departments or reference laboratories.
  • Following departmental procedures and instructions, carries out basic  processing procedures on a variety of specimen types (blood, tissue and other types) using manual or automated methods, ensuring proper specimen preservation during all steps (positive identification, time, temperature, sterility, etc.). Uses judgment to select appropriate materials and processing algorithms based upon specimen type and orders. Refers questions to the appropriate technical staff member.
  • May perform basic staining techniques such as Gram or other stains. May prepare basic laboratory reagents
  • Uses Personal Protective Equipment appropriately. Through training, has basic knowledge of hazardous chemicals (carcinogens, caustic agents, radioactive materials, and biohazardous substances. Where required, uses aseptic or sterile technique in handling and preparing specimens.  Ensures proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste. Per departmental protocols, properly cleans and decontaminates work surfaces and equipment.
  • Possesses basic knowledge of the laboratory equipment and supplies used in specimen processing, which may include centrifuges, processors, Isoplaters and auto-strainers. Bacteriologic loops and incinerators, incubators, refrigerators and freezers. Employs basic troubleshooting skills. Responsible for using supplies within established outdates and for maintaining a clean organized and appropriately stocked workstation.
  • Responsibilities may include maintaining inventory, stocking lab reagents and supplies, filing, and copying, faxing or other clerical duties.  Answers phone calls and triages requests for information to appropriate person or service.
  • Prioritizes work per departmental protocols and maintains acceptable level of productivity. Supports the work of others by collaboration and teamwork. Promptly communicates issues that may affect quality of results, turnaround time or other patient or employee safety issues to the appropriate person.
  • In all communications/interactions, demonstrates good communication, customer service and teamwork skills. In all activities works with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Consults with appropriate technical person regarding any questions.
  • Maintains accurate records, quality control or other data. Communicates issues thoroughly, accurately and promptly.
  • Follows all departmental and BH policies regarding compliance. Observes and promotes the BH organizational standards of behavior.

What You Will Need:

High School Diploma or GED

Previous experience in a laboratory environment is desirable

Skills:

  • Good computer skills. 
  • Ability to grasp and retain complex information and apply high level of attention to detail. Assume responsibility for timeliness and quality of work performed.
  • Ability to work in complex, high volume environment and to prioritize tasks appropriately. Ability to work as a team with others.
  • Basic knowledge of lab equipment, chemical and biohazards, personal protective equipment. Possesses excellent interpersonal and organizational skills to work productively in a team environment.
  • Basic familiarity with medical and laboratory terminology. Ability to prioritize work.

What You Need To Know:

Per Diem

Located: Springfield, MA

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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