Job Description

Medical Lab Technician - Benson Hospital
Job CategoryEntry level
ScheduleFull time
Shift3 - Night Shift

                                                Benson Hospital Position Description


Job Title:  Medical Laboratory Technician                                Department:  Laboratory


Reports To:  Laboratory Director




To perform quantitative and qualitative chemical, microscopic, and bacteriological analysis.  To obtain data used by the pathologist and other physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease.  To perform laboratory procedures in a timely and accurate manner according to established hospital and departmental policies and procedures.



  1. Working from physicians’ orders on written requisitions, perform routine, emergency, and special laboratory tests in hematology, blood bank, transfusion services, serology, chemistry, microbiology, clinical pathology, and other assigned areas of laboratory medicine

  2. Obtain and collect specimens, performing phlebotomy as required

  3. Properly identify and label each specimen

  4. Post all findings in department records system, on laboratory forms for review, verification, and final approval by supervisor and pathologist

  5. Note patient charges and complete all other paperwork and clerical function central to the position

  6. Clearly and completely record and report test results to physicians and nursing personnel, giving priority to those having life threatening values

  7. Use proper technique when handling chemicals, bodily fluids and other hazardous materials

  8. Be Completely familiar with the MSDS forms and proper procedure for reporting hazardous material contamination

  9. Work from written and verbal instruction

  10. Prioritize workload to meet deadlines

  11. Confer with supervisors, department heads, pathologists and nursing personnel to clarify orders as needed, conduct additional tests, as required, when variations from normal values are present

  12. Refer major decisions to supervisor, pathologist, or department head

  13. Run quality control procedures according to requirements, review results, and take proper corrective action where required

  14. Assist in training and orientation of personnel and students new to the department, directing their work where required

  15. Take call as required by department scheduling.

  16. Maintain current knowledge of all in vivo and in vitro examinations routinely performed in the department

  17. Participate in all mandatory meetings, classes and programs

  18. Participate in in-service training and other continuing education programs

  19. Prepare and package specimens to be sent or delivered to outside medical laboratories for analysis

  20. Contact with co-workers, physicians and their staff, nurses, technicians, couriers, clerks and other personnel from throughout the hospital; service, sales and supply representatives; members of other medical laboratories, the Southern Arizona Red Cross; the Kidney Center and other related services

  21. Perform analysis which requires a complex network of steps and variables

  22. Conform and verify results through an in-depth knowledge of techniques principles and instructions

  23. Correlate and interpret data based on knowledge of physiological conditions affecting test results

  24. Collect and prepare human samples for analysis

  25. Store and transport samples using appropriate preservation methods

  26. Follow prescribed procedures, and with adequate orientation, perform any of the tests in chemistry, immunology, hematology, and bacteriology

  27. Calculate the results of the tests performed if necessary

  28. Operate, calibrate, conduct performance checks, and maintain any clinical laboratory instrument or equipment in use, after orientation

  29. Recognize and correct basic instrument malfunctions or go through the procedure for referring major instrument problems – supervisor, biomedical department, or manufacturer

  30. Prepare reagents or media from a prescribed procedure or from the literature including making any necessary computations, using the clinical balance and adjusting the PH if necessary

  31. Evaluate media, reagents and standards according to established criteria

  32. Conduct established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagents, media, and products

  33. Evaluate results of quality control and implement corrective action when indicated

  34. Establish basic quality control procedures and confidence limits for new procedures

  35. Perform comparison studies of precision, accuracy, linearity, cost, and suitability, etc. on new or existing procedures and report results according to conventional scientific formats

  36. Establish normal ranges for new methods

  37. Access the plausibility of laboratory results through the correlation of data with common physiological conditions

  38. In prescribed instances, may indicate the need for additional laboratory tests for definitive diagnosis information in consultation with the Medical Director

  39. Observe all established safety measures and procedures

  40. Keep supervisor and / or Medical Director informed of activities including unusual patient data or results



  1. Ensure uninterrupted service to physicians and patients by keeping work areas clean, well-stocked, and in safe working condition
  2. Ensure the timely completion and quality of all procedures, review of work with pathologist, and keeping appropriate physicians and nursing personnel fully informed of test results
  3. Keep apprised of changing technology in the field
  4. Participate in professional and continuing education programs designed to update skills, enable growth within the profession and result in better service to physicians, nursing personnel, and patients
  5. Follow all department/ hospital policies, practices, procedures, and standards to ensure safety, security, and general well-being of all individuals in the hospital
  6. Understand and contribute to department goals as they work in harmony with the philosophy and mission of the hospital



  1. Must be MT or MLT registered or equivalent.

  2. Work well in stressful situations; be able to work rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends; possess excellent human relation skills.Mathematical, computer, reasoning, and language skills at a college level.

  3. Excellent organizational skills.

  4. Able to work well under stressful conditions and possess excellent human relations’ skills.





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