Lab Assistant

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 07-18-2018
Under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Laboratories or designee and the direct supervision of a designated supervisor and/or technologist, the incumbent performs assistance and other support and functional duties essential to the laboratory operation of the area being covered
Interacts with immediate staff members, physicians, Hospital officials and the general public.
Processes incoming specimens to include: receiving blood cultures, inoculating specimens on the appropriate media, performing and reporting gram stain results and processing TB/Mycology specimens for send out in accordance with standard operating procedure.
Stocks and rotates media inventory; initiates requests for additional stocks or supplies as required.
Maintains required records associated with the receipt of media.
Documents all unacceptable specimens or deviations from standard operating practices using the department’s Occurrence Report form.
Monitors and records daily temperatures, initiates corrective actions when indicated.
Decontaminates work stations and cleans equipment.
Retrieves and prints reference test results.

Sterilizes contaminated materials; performs and documents autoclave quality control

Reconciles reference test orders; performs routine clerical duties. 

Participates in in-service Educational and Training Programs.
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
The employee is expected to achieve appropriate Hospital performance and productivity standards as established. 
The employee will perform other duties that further the customer service needs of the unit, such as answering phones, greeting and escorting patients, and administrative and clerical duties upon demand.
The employee will respond to emergent and urgent patient and operational issues.
The employee on occasion may be requested to cover part or all of other shifts, and/or be on call.
The employee will obtain necessary certifications as required by regulatory agencies.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Ability to assists Technologists in preparation of laboratory procedures and/or tests; Inoculates clinical specimens.

Ability to follow both written and oral instructions.

Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
High school graduate or G.E.D. equivalent.
Three (3) years of experience working in a Hospital facility is required.
SUBSTITUTION: Two (2) years of post-secondary in the basic Sciences may be substituted for two (2) years of the required work experience.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (12-25lbs), bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate and organize for extended periods of time.

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