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Medical Technologist I, Microbiology

Location: Atlanta, GA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 840538 Date posted: 11/06/2019
The Microbiology Medical Technologist I performs routine and complex laboratory procedures under the technical guidance of the Microbiology Manager or Assistant Supervisor. This position assists with workload recording, inventory control, research and development of new procedures. This position exercises independent judgment in work performance and interpersonal relations. Major Responsibilities may be assigned as a direct or indirect function of the position.

Essential Functions:

- Performs requested Microbiology laboratory tests and special analysis, such as proficiency testing, correlation studies or other, according to established Microbiology laboratory policies and procedures.

- Prioritizes laboratory testing and other duties appropriately to assure optimal efficiency and timely reporting of laboratory results according to policy standards.

- Utilizes quality control procedures according to established procedures and takes appropriate action for Out of Control results. Documents QC appropriately. Recognizes trends, bias, shifts or other unexpected patterns and takes appropriate action.

- Performs calibration or calibration verification as needed.

- Operates and maintains equipment. Performs routine safety checks and preventive maintenance on instruments according to procedures and manufacturer's recommendations on a consistent, timely basis to insure optimal operation and minimal downtime.

- Recognizes when any component of the testing system is not performing optimally and performs troubleshooting procedures as warranted on equipment, reagents and procedures in an efficient manner that maintains testing schedules.

- Refers problems beyond his/her scope of practice to Manager or Assistant Supervisor.

- Assists with workload recording and inventory control.

- Responsible for monitoring and resolving pending lists per policy.

- Responsible for reviewing and filing of Summary Reports for Bench assignments.

- Responds appropriately to provider and clinical staff inquiries.

- Participates in department meetings, continuing education/in-services.

- Participates in orientation and training of new employees.

- Makes recommendations for improvements to the Manager or Assistant Supervisor.

- Assumes responsibility for day to day operations of laboratory in absence of Manager or Assistant Supervisor.

- Participates in state/internal inspections, prepared to answer questions or produce documents.

- Responsible for compliance with information communicated in weekly laboratory newsletters and monthly Microbiology meetings.

- Responsible for timely release of patient results.

- Communicates with reference lab and confirms that test results are posted in KPHC.

- Exercises independent judgment in determining whether test results are released, repeated or referred for review. Consults with Manager or Assistant Supervisor when necessary.

- Receives electronic orders for tests to be performed (Population Care).

- Places orders and prepares specimens for additional testing by Reference Lab when applicable.

- Receives specimens, assisting with processing when the workload warrants.

Basic Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree and/or MT Registration or equivalent documentation from the state of Georgia.

- MT registration or documentation that the state of Georgia considers them qualified to work as a MT in the state of Georgia.

- 2 years of post registration MT Microbiology experience.

- Able to work independently.

- Able to demonstrate customer service aptitude through customer service assessment and/or history.

- Able to demonstrate good interpersonal skills i.e., history of positive working relationships.

- Able to demonstrate dependability i.e., history of punctuality and good attendance.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or related health science.

- Minimum of 2 years of experience in subjective interpretation of clinical Microbiology cultures.

- Experience with Microscan Identification and Susceptibility preferred.

Primary Location: Georgia,Atlanta,Dekalb Technology Park Bldg. 300 4000 Dekalb Tech. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 24 Shift: Day Workdays: Thu; Fri; Sat; Sun Working Hours Start: 7:00 AM Working Hours End: 3:00 PM Job Schedule: Part-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: UFCW - Local 1996 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Pathology/Lab-Microbiology Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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