Lab Assistant Greater Orlando Multiple Departments Multiple Shifts at AdventHealth

Date Posted: 2/3/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Job Schedule
  • Location:
    Orlando, FL
  • Job Category
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Job Family
  • Travel
  • Shift
    N - N/A
  • Application Zone
    1-Shared Services
  • Organization
    AdventHealth Central Florida

Job Description




Laboratory Assistant - AdventHealth Multiple Campuses-Multiple Shifts

Top Reasons to work at AdventHealth

Established in 1908, Adventhealth is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the country, caring for more than a million patients each year. The 2,286-bed acute-care medical facility, comprised of nine hospitals, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country for the past 10 years. It serves as a community hospital for Greater Orlando and as a major tertiary referral hospital for Central Florida and much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Work Hours/Shift: Varies Upon Location
You Will Be Responsible For:
  • Demonstrates, through behavior, AdventHealth Orlando’s service standards.

  • Collects patient, physician and test order information in order to create patient accounts. This includes verifying patient identification, insurance information, physician credentials and test order requirements.

  • Performs assigned pre-analytical activities related to laboratory testing, which may include:

  • Blood specimen collection via venipuncture or capillary puncture for all age groups

  • Receives, and processes patient specimens which includes separating specimens by centrifugation prior to testing. May include transporting.

  • Aliquots different sample types, if needed, and either loads preanalytical instruments, which include automated stainers, or delivers them to the testing department

  • Cytopreparatory staining
  • Accessioning of surgical cases that requires a knowledge of anatomy.

  • Receive and set up cultures. Inoculation of different petri dishes for bacterial growth

  • Blood and/or Blood Component processing, storing, shipping, modifying and selecting compatible products using a validated Transfusion Information System

  • Performs periodic preventive instrument maintenance and quality assurance procedures as assigned

  • Continually maintains workspaces neat and organized by cleaning and disinfecting selected or assigned laboratory equipment. Keeps lab areas and spaces properly supplied.

  • Follows AdventHealth’s system wide communication model.

  • Performs post-analytical activities related to laboratory testing as needed to support assigned department. This includes:

  • Storage of samples at their correct temperature
  • Disposal of samples at their assigned time
  • Collect data for nonaffiliated labs in order to perform third party billing

  • Receive and prepare samples to be shipped at the correct temperature, in order to maintain sample integrity, to affiliated reference laboratories.

  • Properly stores documentation and confidential paperwork
  • Performs various support activities to facilitate operation of assigned department or work area, which include answering the telephone, clerical and receptionist duties (i.e., faxing, phones, pneumatic tube system, reports).

  • Provides resolution to customer service issues using the service recovery model.

  • Supports and helps in education to new and existing clinical staff. This includes mentoring students from affiliated schools or programs.

  • Participates in, and has knowledge of, laboratory and hospital Performance Improvement activities, including evaluation of new equipment and/or procedures or methods. 

  • Provides and acts on technical and support information related to the elements of laboratory testing for all age groups, from neo-nates through geriatric patients.

  • Follows appropriate safety policies including the appropriate use of PPE, handwashing, and hazardous chemical handling. Demonstrates understanding and adheres to Chemical Hygiene plan and Infection Control policies. Employee job duties may include transport of hazardous waste from the point of generation to a designated secure storage area; employee will be required to complete initial training (prior to handling hazardous waste) and refresher training to include proper handling and transport of hazardous waste, and proper selection, use and disposal of personal protective equipment.

  • Performs all departmental functions and has a thorough knowledge of hospital and Laboratory Information Systems to include downtime procedures, specimen processing, batching and transporting, billing, reference testing and scheduling.

  • Adheres to the AdventHealth’s Corporate Responsibility Plan and to all rules and regulations of all applicable local, state, and federal agencies and accrediting bodies; always protects confidentiality of patient information and results. May be required to look up and print sensitive results and issue them to patients and/or family members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or directed to ensure the smooth operation of the department or unit.



  • Technical skills and aptitudes related to the laboratory procedures or processes performed in department or work area assigned

  • Ability to understand and meet targets and deadlines. Able to learn and assimilate new information while thinking methodically

  • Able to effectively communicate verbally and in written form in English with patients, staff, and customers of varied backgrounds in a respectful, effective, and professional manner

  • Acts as a consultant for the lab relaying testing information related to test orders, sample types, container types, quantity needed, and result turnaround times

  • Represents the laboratory in troubleshooting general clinical inquiries into appropriate sample type, order options, or modifications to test orders

  • Able to communicate with care providers when unacceptable sample submitted for testing and ensures follow-up investigation for any missing or incorrectly routed sample

  • Communicates with healthcare staff when specimens are not suitable for testing, cancels, and reorders test in the Laboratory Information System

  • Ability to read text and numbers in English, with demonstrated ability to comprehend, measure, reason, match, problem solve, and exercise judgment under supervision

  • Knowledge of human anatomy
  • Excellent computer skills which includes using electronic keyboards and other peripheral devices. Ability to learn and apply computer related applications and programs. Computer applications and programs include, but not limited to, Laboratory application systems such as Sunquest and Microsoft office programs such as Outlook

  • Mature judgment and the ability to handle confidential information within AdventHealth guidelines and applicable regulations

  • Medical Terminology


  • N/A
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Completion of Blood Collection Program, Medical Lab Assistant Program, or similar training program appropriate to anticipated department assignment

  • 1-year experience in hospital laboratory setting appropriate to department work assigned

  • Current student seeking higher educational degree or certification in a science field such as nursing, medical technology, pre-med, or related field may be substituted for the 1-year hospital experience



  • N/A
  • National Certification in Phlebotomy if phlebotomy duties are required  

  • National Certification as a Medical Lab Assistant


The Laboratory Assistant perform various laboratory support procedures in assigned areas which may include phlebotomy and/or specimen processing in clinical and anatomical pathology areas. Performs any of the following non-technical functions under the supervision of the department supervisor, manager or director.

  • Specimen collection and transporting
  • Specimen processing; trouble shooting sample and order discrepancies
  • Submission and monitoring of specimens submitted to referral laboratories; shipping samples to reference laboratories or facilities for consult; entering billing information
  • Patient registration
  • Perform equipment maintenance procedures
  • Blood component preparation and issuance
  • Receiving and inoculation of culture media
  • Accession surgical cases requiring knowledge of anatomy; trouble shoot and escalate any missing surgical specimens; assign and distribute slides to pathologists

  • Inventory and ordering of supplies   

This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.

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