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

Full Time

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