Lab Assistant PRN Wauchula at AdventHealth

Date Posted: 10/28/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Job Schedule
    Per Diem
  • Location:
    Wauchula, FL
  • Job Category
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Job Family
  • Travel
    Yes, 50 % of the Time
  • Shift
    N - N/A
  • Application Zone
    1-Shared Services
  • Organization
    AdventHealth Sebring Wauchula Lake Placid

Job Description


AdventHealth Wauchula

Location Address: 533 Carlton Street, Wauchula Florida, 33873

Top Reasons to Work at AdventHealth Wauchula

Great benefits such as: Educational Reimbursement
Career growth and advancement potential

Work Hours/Shift:
Any All Shifts Covering Vacations & Days Off  
You Will Be Responsible For:
All essential functions must be performed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  1. Follows department and hospital procedures and policies
  2. Follows infection control policies including the use of personal protective equipment
  3. Follows laboratory department dress code
  4. Follows Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals including, but not limited to, accurate laboratory sample identification.
  5. Attempts to answer the telephone within 2 rings; provides customer support in a professional, courteous and timely manner
  6. Monitors the pneumatic tube system to quickly address receipt of samples.
  7. Interacts with patients and family members in a considerate manner to help reduce anxiety and stress; strives to provide a positive experience with each patient encounter through AIDET 
  8. Explains procedures to patients and answers questions in a positive and professional manner; instructs patients in the proper collection of certain non-blood specimens, explaining procedures while providing written instruction and allowing the patient to “teach back” where needed
  9. Is able to relate to patients AGE SPECIFICALLY, in a loving, kind, patient and respectful, and non-threatening way
  10. Prioritizes laboratory orders appropriately:  stats, timed studies, routines
  11. Strives to provide rapid turnaround time for stat orders; sends samples to lab without delay
  12. Performs chain of custody drug screen collections
  13. Utilizes the computer to order tests, document specimen collection, locate test results
  14. Monitors pending issues and phlebotomy collections,  Notifies supervisor of issues and distributes assignments to phlebotomy staff to ensure rapid turnaround of tests.
  15. Strives to provide rapid turnaround time for stat orders; prepares specimens for testing by licensed personnel; sends samples to appropriate area of lab without delay and notifies responsible tech
  16. Prepares specimens for send-outs to reference laboratories; uses centrifuge and prepares aliquots using at least 2 patient identifiers for positive patient identification
  17. Receives specimens from hospital courier, checks that each sample has been received appropriately and distributes to appropriate area of the lab for testing
  18. Communicates pending issues at end of shift and documents communication as requested
  19. Communicates with and responds appropriately to instruction from supervisor, techs, and other laboratory lead personnel
  20. Checks AHSS email daily and responds to work-related requests in a timely manner
  21. Uses phone, computer and internet for work-related purposes only
  22. Assists other team laboratory team members during slow periods
  23. Adheres to scheduled break times; clocks in and out for meal breaks
  24. Maintains a clean work area; keeps supplies stocked
  25. Works in an organized, efficient, and careful manner
  26. Distributes and faxes reports as needed.
  27. Other duties as assigned
  28. If phlebotomy is performed, see also Phlebotomy job description.
What You Will Need:
  • Demonstrated technical skills and aptitudes related to specimen collection / education for all age groups.
  • Demonstrated technical skills for use of centrifuge and specimen aliquotting.
  • Ability to read text and numbers in English, with demonstrated ability to comprehend, measure, reason, match and problem solve.
  • Ability to learn and apply computer related applications and programs, including using electronic keyboards and other peripheral devices.
  • Mature judgment and the ability to handle confidential information within Florida Hospital guidelines and applicable regulations.
  • Ability to handle infectious biological specimens, caustics, toxic chemicals and/or irritants appropriately and safely.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in written form with persons of varied backgrounds in a respectful, effective and professional manner.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to buzzers, bells, flashing lights, and pagers.
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Minimum of one (1) year of laboratory or healthcare-related experience   
    • Minimum of three (3) years of phlebotomy experience including all age groups
  • National Phlebotomy board certification through ASCP, AMT, or ASPT
Job Summary:
The Laboratory Assistant provides laboratory support through receipt and distribution of biological specimens within the laboratory and prepares specimens for testing by licensed personnel using established safety practices.  Specimens are also prepared for submission to the reference laboratory, and assistance is provided to technologists as needed.  The Laboratory Assistant exhibits professionalism and actively participates in outstanding customer services, creating an atmosphere of trust and confidence through verbal interactions on the telephone and in person.  Work customarily involves practical knowledge of various clinical laboratory procedures, and may include clerical and other laboratory support functions as needed.  The Laboratory Assistant must work well under pressure and be sensitive to the confidentiality of protected health information.  The position requires exercise of judgment under general supervision.

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

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