Nemours is seeking a Medical Technologist (Microbiology), CASUAL/PRN, to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.
Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children's Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area's only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children's Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout.
The provision of laboratory services by the performance of clinical laboratory procedures and related tasks for the clinical laboratory and the areas of microbiology and molecular diagnostics.
Performance of analytical procedures, using manual and automated methods, and through a variety of clinical laboratory methodologies (e.g., manual/visual plate reading, microscopy, Identification and Susceptibility, rapid-testing, molecular testing, etc.). In this function, the technologist must be able to perform all required calibration, quality control, statistical calculations and other process control and mathematical functions. Associate must also be able to understand concepts such as linearity, and standard deviation, as it applies to the performance of analytical testing in a clinical laboratory. Specific procedures performed depend upon the associate's specific assignment, for example, identifies bacteriological organisms in Microbiology, or performs rapid tests, including molecular testing.
Microbiology performs a variety of microbiological procedures in order to cultivate, isolate and identify microorganisms in all different specimen types, such as skin scrapings, exudates, body fluids, and surgical specimens. The microbiologist will conduct routine and specialized procedures, including bacteriological, virological, mycological and parasitological assays for use in diagnosing and treating disease. The Medical Technologist in Microbiology will verify accuracy of findings, identify test inconsistencies, and take appropriate action to make corrections and resolve problems.
Routinely performs a range of clinical analyses in molecular department by properly utilizing a variety of methodologies and instrumentation according to laboratory policies and procedures and in accordance with all regulatory agency requirements.
Assists in the development and validation of various complex tests for implementation in the microbiology and molecular department.
Orders, accessions, statuses and reports results of tests performed on patient specimens, monitoring a variety of critical clinical issues, such as patient identifiers, specimen quality, order appropriateness, etc. In this function, must be able to read and understand a variety of written material such as specimen requisitions, worksheets, patient identification, specimen requirements, etc., whether performing this task manually (e.g., on paper) or through the use of an information system. Must be able to check and verify information such as patient identification, lot numbers, expiration dates, etc., and act appropriately. Monitors pending logs regularly to provide rapid turn- around time.
Uses, calibrates and performs trouble-shooting and maintenance on laboratory equipment following established procedures, and as assigned by supervisor. Must be able to take responsibility for laboratory equipment performance, as demonstrated by interactions with technical representatives for instrument maintenance, both preventive and repair; must be able to successfully perform start-up and shut-down of complex analytical equipment. Recognizes need for additional Quality Control, maintenance or repeat testing prior to releasing test results.
Reviews technical and administrative procedures as assigned. The lead medical technologist is responsible for staying informed about section changes, procedure changes and updates, etc. Reviews questions about procedures with section supervisor or designee as needed, informing supervisor when confusion about instructions or procedures exists.
Handles supply and inventory issues as required/assigned, identifying key technical parameters, such as lot numbers, storage requirements, etc. as required for performance of laboratory procedures. Follows laboratory section inventory procedures (e.g., recording date received, condition when received, checking order forms, invoices, etc.) Retrieves supplies, equipment from storage areas as needed.
Answers telephone as assigned; in this function, interacts routinely with a variety of individuals, including physicians, and other clinical staff, patients and their families, inspectors, vendors, etc. Must be able to demonstrate good customer service, for example, answering telephone promptly, referring calls appropriately, etc.
Follows all laboratory and hospital safety policies (including, but not limited to chemical safety, e.g., the laboratory's Chemical Hygiene Plan, infection control policies, etc.). Must be able to perform functions using personal protective equipment and barrier protection, such as disposable gloves, laboratory goats, shields, goggles, etc. Must be able to handle a variety of hazardous materials, such as chemicals and pathogenic organisms.
Trains others as assigned (e.g., students, new employees, etc.).
Participates in department and hospital quality and improvement programs.