The Processing Clerk is responsible for receiving, accessioning, processing, aliquoting and preserving clinical specimens prior to analysis and distributing specimens to analytical areas for analysis. The Processing Clerk is also responsible for performing clerical duties in the laboratory, preparing collection kits, aliquoting reagents, checking temperatures, and inoculating patient samples to media. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.
High School graduate or equivalent.
Knowledge of medical terminology and specimen processing requirements as might be acquired through a brief period (3 to 6 months) of on the job training.
Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations as would be acquired through completion of high school.
Ability to read and follow written instructions as would be acquired through completion of high school.
Ability to operate standard office equipment.
Key Job Responsibilities
Receives, separates, accessions, labels, and distributes all types of clinical and anatomical specimens from all hospital patients to Laboratory areas for analysis.
Collects specimens for Urine Drug Screens.
Answers telephone inquiries from physicians, Hospital Associates, and patients regarding procedures, test status, and reports.
Demonstrates initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development.
Ensures “Tracking” is completed and ready for courier on time.
Assists pathologist with frozen sections in the tissue room.
Performs other job functions as assigned or requested.
The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
Must have good balance and coordination.
The physical requirements of this position are: medium work - exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently.
The Associate is required to have close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision to perform an activity, such as assessing patients, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
Frequent invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
Exposure to patient body fluids as well as exposure to hazardous or poisonous materials.
Ability to react quickly to emergency situations.