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Medical Assistant (Laboratory)

Location: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Date Posted: 05-09-2017
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Performs administrative and certain clinical duties under the supervision of the Laboratory Director and Chief Medical Officer.
  • Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.
  • Clinical duties may include laboratory clinical support, taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. 
  • Collects NIDA drug screens and correctly follows chain of custody requirements.
  • Maintains a safe work environment to promote efficient and effective clinical and laboratory operations.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of department practices that reflect Joint Commission International (JCI) and Quality Improvement Standards while performing all work at a level to meet these standards.
  • Demonstrates and encourages ethical behavior.
  • Adheres to laboratory and hospital policies including but not limited to safety, infection control and mass casualty.
  • Identifies and promptly addresses unsafe practices and other safety issues within the healthcare system.
  • Participates in all safety, infection control and other mandatory training.
  • Maintains patients, employee and hospital confidentiality at all times, discussing patient, employee or hospital only with appropriate parties who have a bona fide need to know; and communication only the minimum amount of information necessary with respect to protected health information (PHI) as identified by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  • Communicates effectively with both patients and co-workers.
  • Performs phlebotomy on all patients of all ages.
  • Performs only those waived or moderate complexity tests that are authorized by the Medical Laboratory Supervisor and Lab Director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's training, experience and technical abilities.
  • Adheres to the laboratory's quality control policies and documents all quality control activities.
  • Interviews patients to obtain medical information and measures their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Prepares laboratory and treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the areas neat and clean.
  • Follows the Laboratory's established corrective action policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
  • Analyzes, records and reports test results, conducts quality control testing as needed.
  • Prepares and administers medications as directed by a physician.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.
JOB SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:
Required: 
  • Demonstrated understanding of lab test ordering system, patient accessioning, reference lab billing procedures and laboratory filing system.
  • Demonstrated understanding of send-out procedure, including preparing the manifest for the shipping department and packaging the specimens for delivery to shipping and receiving department.
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problem or immediately contact the MLS.
  • Possess visual acuity to distinguish fine gradations of color and/or texture and manual dexterity sufficient to work with delicate instrumentation.
  • Can complete morning start-up procedures to include: recording of temperatures, reconstitution and analysis of control materials on Vitros 350 Chemistry analyzer, Coulter AcT-diff2 Hematology Analyzer and Siemens Clinitek Urinalysis Analyzer, i-Stat Simulator Test.
  • Can perform manual testing designated as waived or moderately complex.
  • Familiarity with routine test normal and critical result ranges and follows procedure for calling critical lab results.
  • Ability to inoculate microbiology specimens onto appropriate culture media.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Proficiency with computers, lab equipment, MS Office, and Electronic Medical Records.
Desired: 
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma program tools and methodologies and/or Six Sigma Certification.
  • Familiarity with information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health care measures.    
EXPERIENCE (Years):
Required: 
  • 1-2+ months of phlebotomy experience.  
Desired: 
  • 1 year of phlebotomy experience.
  • 1 year medical assistant experience.
  • 1 year of medical laboratory experience.
EDUCATION:
Required: 
  • High School graduate or equivalent.
  • Vocational training as a certified medical assistant.
  • Vocational training in phlebotomy.
Desired: 
  • Associate's degree.
  • Multi-lingual in English and Marshallese.
OTHER SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Common Access Card (CAC) required to perform job duties.
  • This position is unaccompanied.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident Card is required. 
  • Must be able to relocate to the United States Army Kwajalein Atoll.
  • Traveling to Kwajalein Atoll, you are required to have a valid passport in your possession prior to relocation. You must maintain a current passport during your stay on Kwajalein Atoll.
  • This is a position of Public Trust.
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