Mercy Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids

Job Description


This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing timely, high quality cytological preparation and diagnosis. The Cytotechnologist is responsible for specimen preparation and diagnosis of both gynecological and non-gynecological specimens. The Cytotechnologist assists in a variety of procedures, including FNA, biopsy, EBUS, and others.

Job/Position Specific Duties

Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Properly identifies patients and samples during the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing
Performs specimen accessioning
Assists pathologists in patient procedures, including FNA, biopsy, EBUS, and others
Maintains, troubleshoots, and resolves issues with protocols and instruments
Screens and diagnoses gynecological specimens
Screens non-gynecological specimens
Instructs physicians, nurses, and patients on proper specimen collection
Maintains departmental statistics and workload monitoring as required by CAP
Prioritizes workload to ensure timely reporting of results
Maintains and improves skills by participating in at least one continuing education activity annually
Actively seeks and identifies opportunities for process improvement
Assists in procedure writing, updating, and validating
Acts as a resource for laboratory medicine information to providers and others
Uses laboratory information system access information, enter results, and generate reports

Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of laboratory protocols and procedures

Knowledge of regulatory requirements, including CAP, COLA, CLIA, TJC, and FDA

Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure without sacrificing quality

Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work with interruptions

Skill to use standard laboratory instrumentation

Skill to use the laboratory information system (LIS)

Ability to recognize and correct problems with quality control

Ability to recognize problems and troubleshoot laboratory equipment

Ability to detail-oriented

Ability to complete appropriate documentation and paperwork clearly and completely

Professional Experience Required vs. Preferred

Experience preferred, but not required.

Education-Required vs. Preferred

Required: Bachelor's degree in Cytotechnology, Biology, or Chemical Science

Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred

Required: Certification as a CT (American Society of Clinical Pathologists)

Physical Activity Requirements

Constant = 67-100% of workday

Repetitive motion

Frequent = 34-66% of workday








Occasional = 33% or less of workday












Physical Demand Requirements

Light: Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently

Employment Type

Cytotechnologist FEATUREDSurgical PathologyCedar Rapids, IAFull Time, Day, M-F, 8a-4:30pReq # 14123 SummaryThis position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing timely, high quality cytological preparation and diagnosis. The Cyto

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