• Technical Assistant

    Requisition ID
    Shift Hours AM/PM
    SJ LAB
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is recognized for the expertise and compassion of its highly skilled and responsive staff. The combined efforts of the organization’s outstanding physicians, superb nurses, and dedicated clinical and professional staff have made us one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the state, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care”.



     Job Overview


    Pathology: Under close supervision and in accordance with detailed policies and procedures, retrieves, receives, accessions and labels surgical pathology specimens, answering phones, handling customer inquires, performing printing of laboratory test results, recording information into logs and/or documents, and performing various other routine clerical duties. Assists with placement of bodies and/or remains into the morgue, and release of same to authorized agencies or persons. Assists with specimen preparation and packaging for dispatch to reference laboratories. Logistic: Under close supervision and in accordance with detailed policies and procedures, handles customer inquiries, performs routine clerical duties, performs printing and charting of laboratory results, performs specimen receipt and accessioning and specimen processing for assigned areas of the laboratory. Blood Bank: Under close supervision and in accordance with detailed policies and procedures is responsible for inventory of blood products and supplies, including the ordering, receipt, recording, and computer entry of received inventory. Processes, selects, modifies, prepares and issues blood and blood products for transfusion. Performs daily quality control on equipment, and blood/blood component refrigerators and freezers.


    Essential Job Functions Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Pathology Responsible for accessions surgical specimens into the computer and assigns the correct billing code. Labels specimen containers and cassettes. Assists in sending specimens to outside laboratories as requested. Ensures patient demographics and proper requisition slips are sent with same. Assists Pathologist and other Histology staff members with frozen sections by accurately numbering and labeling cassettes and slides. Assures proper identification of bodies and/or remains being placed in or released from the morgue. Identifies incorrect and/or incomplete orders and properly notifies nursing unit and/or physician. Delivers specimens that are complete, and signed out by the Pathologist, to the morgue for temporary storage. Maintains a clean work area at all times. Obtains and appropriately documents clinical patient information as required. Provides collection criteria and results to authorized personnel following HIPPA guidelines. Obtains slides and reports and prepares them for presentation by pathologist to Tissue Committee, Tumor Board, G.I. Conference, and various other conferences or committees as requested and required. Retrieves surgical specimens from the OR and SDS daily. Verifies the transfer of pertinent data. Initiates the admission of Outpatient specimens for processing. Logistic Accurately accessions and processes all specimens received in the laboratory through appropriate methods and distributes them to the appropriate lab sections while following strict adherence to Standard Precautions. Appropriately uses reference manuals, computer systems, etc. to accurately respond to inquiries regarding specimen requirements. Schedules laboratory appointments, i.e. semen analysis, as needed. Demonstrates competency with all applicable computer systems and their functions as they relate to assigned tasks. Reports to supervisor or designee and /or LIS staff regarding computer issues and related LIS and HIS interface problems. Demonstrates familiarity with criteria for specimen acceptability and be able to follow protocols that prioritize workflow to ensure that acceptable standards of turn-around-times are maintained. Follows established procedures for receipt of specimens using the LIS, labeling and identifies discrepancies, . Accurately labels specimens with laboratory bar codes as needed. Orders correct tests utilizing the LIS when necessary. Reports all specimen and labeling issues to supervisory personnel. Follows established procedure for printing of patient results. Disseminates laboratory test results to units, physician offices and clinics by mail, fax and phone using established protocols and with an understanding of HIPAA regulations. Maintains temperature charts, clean centrifuges using established procedure and keeps workbench area clean, well-stocked and uncluttered. Schedules laboratory appointments as needed (i.e. semen analysis). Demonstates the ability to work with both speed and accuracy while paying close attention to detail. Able to handle stressful situations caused by high volumes of specimens and phone calls. Blood Bank Performs inventory of blood products. Maintains adequate supplies and orders as needed. Receives and enter blood products into inventory, as needed. Receives, logs and dates supplies and reagents into inventory Performs daily quality control on equipment and blood storage refrigerators and freezers. Demonstrates competency with all applicable computer systems and their functions as they relate to assigned tasks. Reports to supervisor or designee and /or LIS staff regarding computer issues and related LIS and HIS interface problems. Informs floor staff when blood and blood products are available and notifies floor staff if there is to be a delay in obtaining blood products. Issues routine blood, blood products and blood derivatives to floor/department personnel. Issues emergency release and least incompatible blood, as needed. Participates in Quality Assurance activities, including, but not limited to, performing internal assessments, initiating event reports, and reviewing new/revised policies and procedures. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned. Special Projects


    Work requires a High School diploma or equivalent and basic technical training, usually one year or less,. Work requires the ability to gather and interpret data in situations where the information or problems are not overly difficult or complex. Work requires the ability to exchange information on factual matters with appropriate personnel. Work may require interaction with patients and their families, visitors and/or other hospital personnel, where ordinary courtesy and tact are required. Work is performed according to established schedules and existing procedures, however employee must be able to set work priorities, organize work, and select proper equipment and supplies.


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