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Medical Assistant (Laboratory)

Location: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Date Posted: 05-09-2017
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.    
  • 1-2+ months of phlebotomy experience.  
  • 1 year of phlebotomy experience.
  • 1 year medical assistant experience.
  • 1 year of medical laboratory experience.
  • High School graduate or equivalent.
  • Vocational training as a certified medical assistant.
  • Vocational training in phlebotomy.
  • Associate's degree.
  • Multi-lingual in English and Marshallese.
  • 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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