The LPN has responsibility for overseeing laboratory and technical equipment operations and performing a variety of general laboratory and technical equipment procedures including phlebotomy, point of care (POC) testing, diagnostic testing including but not limited to EKG, Holter Monitor, Pulmonary Function Testing and other appropriate technical duties based on demonstrated competencies. Duties may include: Collects blood, urine, or other specimens in a courteous manner from clinic outpatients for a wide variety of requested laboratory and technical equipment tests, including timed specimens, fasting specimens, and peak and trough drug levels. Acts in a professional manner and ensures the patient is as comfortable as possible. This includes using special drawing techniques, assuring appropriate patient preparation, use of appropriate collection containers or tubes, and obtaining appropriate specimen volumes. Verifies the patient as the individual denoted on the request and labels all tubes/containers with the patient's name, social security number, date, and time to ensure proper identification. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while collecting and processing blood, urine, or other specimens. Must be proficient at phlebotomy, developing adequate efficiency to handle a high volume of patients, including difficult draw patients. Prepares several types of specimens for analysis following strict guidelines, which includes preparing specialized specimens involving multiple steps, ensuring the physiologic state of properties is maintained. Identifies unusual conditions or discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently, and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. Instructs patients in procedures to be followed prior, during, and after tests providing a schedule to patients when required. Evaluates requested tests/procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting or recollecting new specimens if a specimen is determined to be unsatisfactory. Receives and/or accessions requests for laboratory and technical equipment testing, verifying the accuracy and completeness of these requests. Interacts with the appropriate clinic/hospital personnel to clarify orders or correct any discrepancies. Controls laboratory and technical equipment supply inventory. Ensures a sufficient stock of supplies, reagents, standards, and controls are available at all times by ordering adequate quantities from commercial sources or prepares a variety of specialized solutions or reagents using established procedures. Performs routine point of care testing procedures using manual, instrumental, or automated techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction and implements corrections. Verifies or confirms laboratory and technical equipment results and reports critical value results to the appropriate individuals as necessary. Performs proficiency testing to verify accuracy of testing processes and laboratory and technical equipment results. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains laboratory and technical equipment and point of care instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs. Consults with ancillary testing coordinator or equipment vendor to resolve issues when necessary. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products, as well as maintains proper records for quality control/quality assurance reports or reviews. Takes appropriate action to make corrections and solve problems. Keeps abreast of current developments in medical laboratory and technical equipment science and makes suggestions for improvements in technique and procedures. Communicates any concerns with supervisor or ancillary testing coordinator. Instructs the appropriate personnel, in basic theory and practical application of laboratory and technical equipment techniques, phlebotomy, specimen collection, specimen processing, equipment use, and equipment maintenance. Maintains and controls comprehensive laboratory and technical equipment records including laboratory and technical equipment eyewash station inspections. Packages specimens for transport to reference laboratories in accordance with existing policies and regulations the appropriate containers. Recognizes emergency situations and takes the necessary action. Establishes priority for emergency orders. Must have current CPR/Basic Life Support certification to care for patients who become ill, arrest, or faint while having blood drawn. Recognizes any physical or mental changes in patients while they are in the laboratory and technical equipment and reports findings to appropriate personnel. Based on demonstrated competencies, cross cover for checking in and checking out patients for Primary and Specialty services including TeleHealth as needed. Including but not limited to completing clinical reminders, medication administration, delegated procedures and treatments. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday days Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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