Excela Health SENIOR CLINICAL LAB ASSISTANT - FULL-TIME - FRICK HOSPITAL in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Prepares clinical specimens in the laboratory. Tasks include receipt of specimens, adherence to rejection criteria, specimen preparation, troubleshooting, staining, equipment maintenance and adherence to safety regulations.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one’s own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela’s missions, vision and values.

  • Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Demonstrate competency in appropriate computer system functions

  • Assures accuracy of patient specimen identification, data entry, and transcription of information.

  • seeks resolution of questionable information in a timely manner

  • utilizes effectively order entry system to place requests for supplies and services and aid in troubleshooting

  • ensures continuity of communication from physician orders through to resulting

  • monitors various reports to track specimens and/or results

  • retrieves information in an efficient manner providing timely resolution to inquiries

  • Maintains a general understanding of the HIS-LIS exchange of information and the overall information requirements to ensure accurate completion of communication transactions.

  • Responsible for receipt and pre-analytic examination of patient specimens

  • verifies the correct identification of patient specimens and laboratory orders

  • accessions patient specimens and orders accurately and completely to ensure successful and timely progression of testing

  • labels specimens according to departmental policy to ensure correct specimen identification through processing to reporting of results

  • maintains knowledge of current specimen requirements to assess basic specimen integrity

  • forwards specimens to appropriate laboratory sections in a timely manner to maintain departmental efficiency

  • Prepares and processes laboratory specimens appropriately to ensure specimen integrity through the pre-analytic phase and post-analytic phase.

  • organizes specimens to be processed according to specimen order priority

  • ensures continuity of specimen tracking throughout processing and preparation for testing to systematic storage and disposal in compliance with current procedures

  • uses department specific criteria to determine proper method of processing, storage and transport to maintain integrity of specimens

  • demonstrates ability to respond to changes in work volume or assignments to maintain appropriate test turnaround times

  • prioritizes work to achieve best specimen quality and highest throughput, but also understands and responds to special request situations

  • identifies, documents and refers variances from normal operation to appropriate staff in a timely and concise manner

  • Plans and utilizes time effectively and efficiently to maintain optimal testing turnaround time

  • works independently with little supervision providing quality work

  • uses time to departmental advantage by filling in with office work, assisting technical staff, performing general housekeeping duties, putting away supplies, or performing other duties as necessary

  • coordinates work consistently to achieve maximum productivity

  • demonstrates ability to deal with changes in priorities to provide smooth and consistent workflow

  • Maintains operational readiness of work area to ensure continuity of operations

  • organizes records/reports to enable timely retrieval of information

  • maintains inventory of supplies at appropriate levels, prepares reagents appropriately

  • facilitates distribution of supplies and information between hospital employees and physician offices

  • assures work area is organized, stocked and clean

  • resolves minor problems with equipment and computer

  • Interacts with various health care professionals to obtain or exchange information to expedite laboratory services.

  • retrieves requested information in a timely manner

  • seeks timely resolution to questionable information and problems

  • effectively communicates specimen collection requirements as requested

  • handles telephone communications with courtesy, accuracy, and respect for confidentiality

  • establishes a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with members of the laboratory department, nursing, and physician staff

  • seeks guidance or asks for assistance from appropriate personnel regarding unusual requests or problems

  • effectively communicates and/or obtains documentation for continuity of workflow

  • assists in development of processing protocols

  • Compliance with all established guidelines as documented in technical policies and procedures as related, but not limited to:

  • quality control

  • quality assurance

  • record retention

  • requisitions and orders

  • billing

  • biohazard waste management

  • safety

  • specimen packaging and shipping

Ability to perform the Essential Functions listed on the Physical Conditions and ability to perform the Essential Functions on the Working Condition chart (see attached chart).

  • Specialty Essential Functions:

  • Processes cytology specimens from receipt to examination readiness state.

  • performs cytological preparations on body fluids and exudates, utilizing manual and automated techniques

  • follows appropriate protocols for processing a variety of specimens, including CSF, respiratory samples, fine needle aspirates, body fluids, urine and PAP smears

  • prepares and maintains reagents for manual and automated methods, utilizing multiple steps when necessary

  • Utilizes instrumentation to process specimens, including cytocentrifuges, Cytoprep instrumentation, stainers, etc.

  • Troubleshoots common problems encountered in the cytopreparatory process, e.g., air bubbles, contaminants, precipitate, artifacts, etc.

  • assists the cytologist in performing and documenting quality activities for Cytology

  • Assists in the performance and documentation of activities for compliance with regulatory agencies such as CAP, JCAHO, DOH, CLIA, etc.

  • Possesses technical skills to evaluate, troubleshoot and resolve day-to-day problems that arise, and to complete projects assigned by the cytologists.

  • demonstrates a working knowledge of loading, unloading imager, troubleshooting minor mechanical problems

  • performs routine maintenance on coverslipper, stainers, thin prep processor

  • assists in equipment maintenance and upkeep, documents corrective action and maintains appropriate manuals for documentation

  • maintains Cytopreparatory user's manual

  • Process microbiology specimens from receipt to incubator.

  • Prepares a variety of specimens for microbiology, including but not limited to, swabs, CSF, respiratory samples, tissue, stool, urine and body fluids.

  • follow appropriate protocol for all specimens

  • troubleshoots ordering errors and common problems of microbiology samples

  • Receives blood cultures and loads blood culture analyzer.

  • Prepares and stains smears for gram stains.

  • Assists the microbiology technical staff in performing and documenting quality activities for microbiology.

  • Assists technologists in the testing and workflow in the departments.

  • Performs limited waived and rapid testing under the supervision of technical staff.

  • Loads and unloads automated instruments under the supervision of technical staff.

  • Helps with receiving reagents, stocking reagent shelves and preparation of reagents under the supervision of technical staff.

  • If trained and competent may perform phlebotomy using various techniques from inpatients and outpatients all ages.

  • Follows standard precautions when performing venous or capillary phlebotomy.

  • Assures the correct identification of patient and specimen, using two identifiers.

  • Follows written department protocols for blood collection.

  • uses correct "order of draw" when collecting

  • Follows written guidelines for post venipuncture care.

  • Organizes, prioritizes and sends out testing performed in other Excela Laboratories or in approved reference labs

  • Organizes samples for send out testing

  • Readies samples for transport, including any and all computer work required

  • Receives reference lab reports

  • scans reports into system

  • maintains send out supplies and requisitions

  • manages study protocols send to research labs

  • acts as contact person for send out testing

  • updates staff appropriately on new testing and changed testing

  • Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Keeps current on coding and billing regulations through review of educational materials

  • Aids in the updating of LIS database by clearly communicating to the manager, changes in specimen and or coding requirements.

  • Attends all mandatory education programs and participates in department staff development activities, meetings and in-services.

  • Maintains personal education log

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.


  • HS Diploma, GED or equivalent knowledge

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Act 73

Prior Experience:

  • Prior experience in a clinical laboratory setting.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Functional Skills on PC and Related Software (Microsoft Office)

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Sound judgment, problem solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to follow directions from other team members; works independently assigned duties.

  • Ability to communicate with all members of the health care team

  • Independent thinking and decision-making ability

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • None

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

  • Essential Working Conditions:

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2 reps/shift


Sedentary Work -

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally.

Light Work -

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly.

Medium Work -

Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force occasionally.

Heavy Work -

Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.

Very Heavy Work -

Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds or force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions:


Extreme Cold

Extreme Heat


Confined Spaces-Cramped Quarters (Labeled)

Extreme Noise (> 85 dB)

Use of Vibrating Tools

Operates Vehicle

Operates Heavy Equipment

Use of Lifting/Transfer Devices

Rotates all shifts

10 - 12 hour shifts

On Call


Overtime (more than 8 hrs. /shift, 40 hours/week)

Mechanical Hazards


8 hour shifts

Protective Equipment:


Respirator-Breathing Equipment

Head (hard hat)


Feet, Toes






Occupational Exposures:


Paints (direct use of)

Dust (Sanding)

Ethylene Oxide

Cytotoxic Drugs (Chemo)


Wax Stripper (direct use of)


Ionizing Radiation


Latex (Rubber, erasers, balloons, gloves, rubber bands, etc.)


Chemicals (direct use of)



Blood and Body Fluids

VII. Essential Physical Conditions:


Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift


Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2 reps/shift

Physical Demands:


Climbing Ladders



Squatting (Crouching)

Pushing / Pulling


Climbing Stairs

Use of Forceful Hand Grasp

Bending (Stooping)






Fine Finger Manipulation

Hand / Arm Coordination

Keyboard/Computer Operation

Sensory Requirements:


Feeling (Sensation)

Color Vision


Seeing Near-with Acuity

Over Shoulder Work:


Pulling or Pushing Objects Overhead


Reaching Above Shoulder Level

Lifting: floor to standing position:


50 pounds

50 pounds


20 - 29 pounds

30 - 49 pounds


10 - 19 pounds

Lifting: waist to shoulder level:


30 - 49 pounds

50 pounds

50 pounds


20 - 29 pounds


10 - 19 pounds

Lifting: shoulder to overhead:


20 - 29 pounds

30 - 49 pounds

50 pounds

50 pounds


10 - 19 pounds