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Specimen Processor/Senior Specimen Processor

  • Job ID: 235334746
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Shift: Night Job
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Automated Testing
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $16.04 to $25.14 / hour

Description

UPMC Mercy is hiring a full-time Specimen Processor or Senior Specimen Processor to support the Automated Testing Lab!  This role will work third shift hours (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

The Specimen Processor role is the gatekeeper for all specimens that come to the ATL for laboratory testing and is essential to ensuring the accuracy of patient samples for the busy, fully automated laboratory. Additionally, this role has many unique job responsibilities that make it an interesting and fantastic entry position into laboratory medicine.

Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Specimen Processor salary starts at $15.88/hour.

Responsibilities:

  • Participates in or conducts special projects or time studies by request. Collects, records and analyzes processing data.
  • Demonstrates service orientation approach by conveying courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in work situations.
  • Shows initiative and offers assistance in the completion of the department's work.
  • Ensures that adequate quantities of supplies are available for efficient operations, inventory supplies and informs supervisor of needs.
  • Provides advice and/or assistance to new employees and co-workers in the performance of non-routine/difficult duties.
  • Trouble shoots and helps resolve complex specimen problems to promote quality assurance.
  • Participates in hospital committees and lab work groups
  • Assists management in ensuring that processing duties are performed according to procedures and established guidelines
  • Performs non-lab activities as required (such as Specimen Registrations) and maintains competency for assigned procedures.
  • Organizes and processes research studies according to policy where required. Coordinates processing of specimens sent to reference laboratories.
  • Able to competently manage 85% of any processing responsibilities. Preferable to be proficient in 100%.

 

Qualifications

Specimen Processor:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Three to six months of experience in a clinical laboratory, physician's office, or other medical environment preferred, including knowledge of or experience in Medical Terminology and Laboratory Information systems.
  • Good oral and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all age groups and populations of external and internal customers (as well as co-workers) both by telephone and in person.

Senior Specimen Processor:

  • High school graduate.
  • Two years of experience as a laboratory specimen processor (preferably in the host laboratory) in order to acquire a thorough knowledge of sectional policies and procedures.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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