California General Supervisor and Lab personnel

Whittier, CA 90603
Salary: $25.00 to $30.00 /hour


General Position Description:

Supervises the overall operation of the laboratory encompassing planning, organizing, coordinating and evaluating the laboratory services provided for patient care. Responsible for the quality programs and the adherence to all regulatory standards.Responsible for the growth and development of all staff members. Performs tests requiring special scientific skills. Assures that optimal staffing is achieved and maintained by devising a plan for management and scheduling of clinical laboratory personnel. Directs, manages and supports lab personnel including training and development. Assures that laboratory staff have available the tools and equipment, to the extent possible, that they need to do their jobs effectively. The supervisor must be accessible to personnel at all times testing is performed to provide consultation to resolve technical problems in accordance with written policies and procedures established by the laboratory director. The supervisor is responsible for monitoring test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained. The supervisor is responsible for the proper performance of all laboratory procedures and reporting of test results. Clinical laboratory supervisor responsibilities are in accordance with CLIA regulations, Subpart M—Personnel and Part 493- Laboratory Requirements and any state requirements that may apply. In addition adherence to all accreditation policies and guidelines pertaining to the laboratory.

Position Responsibilities:

The supervisor is responsible for day-to-day supervision or oversight of the laboratory operation and personnel performing testing and reporting test results. The supervisor is responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities of the director as assigned and for monitoring compliance with all applicable regulations. In addition, the supervisor shall fulfill the following responsibilities:

· Performs the duties of a technologist in the specialty or specialties in which licensure is held, as needed.

· Assigns, if needed, performance of his or her direct supervision responsibilities to licensed technologists, however, the supervisor remains responsible for ensuring that direct supervision is properly performed. The assignment of responsibilities from the supervisor to the technologist must be written and specific.

· Evaluates the competency of technologists and technicians and assures that the staff maintain their competency to perform test procedures and report test results promptly, accurately and proficiently. The procedures for evaluation of the competency of the staff shall include:

o Direct observation of routine test performance including patient preparation, if applicable, and specimen handling, processing and testing.

o Monitoring the recording and reporting of test results.

o Reviewing the intermediate test results or worksheets, quality control records, proficiency testing results, and preventive maintenance records.

o Direct observation of performance of instrument maintenance and function checks.

o Assessment of test performance through testing previously analyzed specimens, through internal blind testing samples or through external proficiency testing samples.

o Assessment of problem solving skills.

· Evaluates and documents the performance of individuals responsible for testing at least semiannually during the first year the individual tests patient specimens. Thereafter, evaluations must be performed at least annually unless test methodology or instrumentation changes have occurred, in which case, prior to reporting patient test results, the individuals performance must be reevaluated and documented to include the use of the new test methodology or instrumentation.

· Is accessible to clinical laboratory personnel at all times testing is performed and provides on-site telephone or electronic consultation to resolve technical problems in accordance with approved polices and procedures of the clinical laboratory.

· Provides day-to-day supervision of test performance by technologists and technicians.

· Ensures on-site direct supervision when testing is being performed by those technicians who are required to work under direct supervision.

· Monitors test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.

· Assures that all remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the clinical laboratory’s established performance specifications.

· Ensures that patient test results are not reported until all corrective actions have been taken and the test system is properly functioning.

· Provides orientation to all testing personnel.

· Identifies weakness in performance and takes necessary action to insure minimal acceptable performance.

· Establishes and maintains systems for the accession, identification, transport, storage and disposal of specimens adhering to internal and external policies and regulations including medico-legal custodial responsibilities.

· Determines the need for, selects, utilizes and evaluates referral services as appropriate to laboratory resources and/or priorities.

· Establishes protocols for performance of confirmatory and additional procedures as indicated.

· Devises a plan for management and scheduling of clinical laboratory personnel.

· Establishes and communicates short term goals and objectives for delivery of clinical laboratory services.

· Monitors compliance with institutional policies and regulations and standards of external agencies.

· Designs and/or implements a quality assurance program to monitor variables which affect the quality of clinical laboratory services.

· Prepares and periodically updates policy and procedure manuals.

· Establishes and evaluates the preventive maintenance program for instrumentation and equipment.

· Establishes and periodically evaluates safety measures in accordance with internal and external regulations.

· Evaluates and selects chemicals, biologicals and radionucleotides for clinical use and establishes monitoring systems for handling, processing, and storing these supplies and reagents.

· In the absence of the director, the supervisor is responsible for the proper performance of all laboratory procedures and reporting of test results.

  • Performs patient testing on specimens submitted to the laboratory for toxicology using the laboratory instrumentation
  • Understands and follows all OSHA and Bloodborne Pathogen guidelines
  • Participate in laboratory training programs
  • Utilizes job knowledge, judgment, and problem solving skills to ensure quality of work
  • Communicates effectively at all levels within the laboratory and with laboratory clients verbally and in writing.
  • Performs all responsibilities with a collegial manner and as a team member
  • Reports to the Clinical Laboratory Director

Education and Experiernce

· Meets all qualifications set forth by CLIA for high complexity testing and any state requirements if they apply.

· Progressive management/leadership experience.

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