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Medical Laboratory Technician - 4186 


Job Title: Medical Laboratory Technician

Department: Tohono O'odham Nation Health Care (TONHC)

Division: Pathology and Medical Laboratory

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-Time

Salary: $24.54/hr

Position Summary:

Work performed includes patient venipuncture, limited examination of specimens, cell morphologies, and specimen plating, all of which are for the purpose of patient diagnosis and treatment. Work also includes maintains test records and laboratory stock inventory.

Scope of Work:

This position is located in the Medical Laboratory Services division of the Tohono O’odham Nation Sells Hospital in Sells, AZ. The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) works under the direct supervision of the Medical Laboratory Technologist, and services provided by the Medical Laboratory Technician facilitates and confirms the diagnosis of the physician and medical staff and facilitates the continuity of patient care and positive patient outcomes. These services include routine, non-routine, and specialized highly complex testing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Depending on the area of assignment, an incumbent may not be required to perform some of the duties listed below):

  • Performs a complete variety of laboratory tests and examinations while duplicating tests for quality control and patient testing to include the fields of Chemistry, Immunohematology, Immunochemistry, POC testing, Urinalysis, Blood Gas, and Coagulation.
  • Perform cell morphologies on urine and other body fluids.
  • Performs quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports.
  • Perform vein-puncture (phlebotomy) in the laboratory, ER, and inpatient wards.
  • Prepare reagents, calibrators, solutions, and primary reference materials as applicable.
  • Performs calibrations and maintains instruments, and verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs.
  • Accept referrals of abnormal or unusual results from Reference Laboratory and processes according to policy.
  • Operates instruments in Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, and Coagulation with minimal supervision and asks for assistance as needed to Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist or Supervisory Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Assist in maintaining the general clean, hygienic appearance and stock supplies of the laboratory.
  • Contribute to a team effort.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of health care and diagnosis necessary to coordinate with and discuss results of tests with physicians or other professionals for whom tests and functions are performed.
  • Sufficient skill and initiative to maintain a high degree of cleanliness and hygiene and general upkeep of the laboratory.
  • Knowledge of health care and diagnosis is necessary to coordinate with and discuss tests results with physicians or other professionals for whom tests and functions are performed.
  • Knowledge and skill to operate within a quality control system and a proficiency testing program.
  • Knowledge and skills in Hematology, Immunohematology, Chemistry, Immunochemistry, blood gas, Coagulation, and urinalysis and minimal Microbiology such as gram stains to identify acceptable specimens and suitability for analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Privacy Act of 1974 mandates the incumbent to maintain the confidentiality of all administrative, medical, and personnel records.
  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191 (HIPAA).
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree in Clinical Medical Laboratory, or closely related, or 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a college/university accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency, in any science subjects, and one-year work experience in a medical laboratory setting.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
  • Upon recommendation for hire, a criminal background and a National FBI fingerprint check are required to determine suitability for employment, including a 39-month driving record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver's license (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O'odham Nation tribal employer's insurance requirements to receive a driver's permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 20 lbs. The work requires long periods of standing; there is some walking, bending, reach, and lifting associated with lab and supply procedures. The work is performed in a laboratory setting with possible exposure to chemicals and solutions, diseases, and unpleasant odors.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location Sells  
Open Date 4/2/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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