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Lead of Clinical Lab Technician

Chinese Hospital

845 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

About this role

Department: CLIA Laboratory
Report to: Laboratory Support Supervisor and Director of Lab Services
Type: Full-time
Requisition #12151

Position Summary

The Clinical Laboratory Technician (Non-Testing Personnel) essential healthcare worker, under the direction of CUA Lab leadership as described in California Business and Professions Code – BPC § 1269, is responsible  for:

  1. Biological specimen collection, including patient preparation, labeling, handling, preservation or fixation, processing or preparation, and transportation and storage of specimens
  2. Assisting a licensed physician and/or scientist in a licensed clinical
  3. Assisting in clinical laboratory, equipment preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting
  4. Preparation, maintenance and storage of reagents such as culture media and other reagent
  5. Assisting in the performance of quality control

CLT personnel shall not do any of the following:

  1. Record test results, but he or she may transcribe results that have been previously recorded, either manually by a physician and surgeon or personnel licensed under this chapter, or automatically by a testing
  2. Perform any test or part thereof that involves the quantitative measurement of the specimen or test reagent, or any mathematical calculation relative to determining the results or the validity of a test procedure.
  3. Perform any phase of clinical laboratory tests or examinations in the specialty of immunohematology beyond initial collection and centrifugation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

CLT Duties:

  • Displays courteous, professional manner towards patients, co-workers, and hospital staff. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care
  • Adhere to quality, safety, environmental, and infection control methods. Follows Standard/ Universal Precautions at all times.
  • Maintain and decontaminate workstations before and after start of shift.
  • Responsible for equipment daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. CLT will coordinate to CLS’s any equipment issues, with signed off t raining
  • Responsible for performing all routine stains on submitted specimens, including gram stains and Wright’s
  • Responsible for maintaining inventory.
  • Maintain stock supplies. Reports supplies concern to the Lab Supervisor.
  • Remove and discard specimens considering sample stabil
  • Interacts with other Clinical Laboratory staff in a professional
  • Submits suggestions to improve the Clinical Laboratory’s
  • Demonstrates the values of team concept on a consistent
  • Assist in orientating new staff; provide all aspects of staff training including phlebotomy, specimen processing, pathology processing etc.
  • Participate in performance improvement (Pl) projects
  • Responsible for maintaining documentation of training to be filed in annual competency logbook.
  • Process lab send outs and coordinate preliminary and final reports.

Phlebotomist Duties:

  • Perform venipuncture for inpatient and
  • Accession specimens in EMR (Cerner Community Works)
  • Identifies the patient in line with NPSG 01.01
  • Labe ls and records all samples in the presence of the patient.
  • Knowledgeable about which color top tube to use and the volume of blood
  • Disposes all sharps in a rigid sharps disposal
  • Never attempts to re-sheath
  • Cleans and restocks venipuncture trays/carts.
  • Cleans work areas as
  • Reorders supplies when needed.
  • Completes duties in a time efficient manner; knows how to prioritize STAT, timed, routine and outpatient orders.
  • Transports specimens to and from other units/depts. as required

Trained Pathology Assistants

  • Check to see that all specimens are brought to lab from surgery, GI Lab, ; log in, and arrange specimens and slips in order for grossing by pathologist; label appropriate number and type of cassettes for each specimen; prepare necessary cell buttons or slides for body fluids.
  • Prepare stones for chemical analysis
  • Prepare breast bx. for ERA/PRA receptor studies, send-out after pathologist has completed grossing
  • Assist pathologist in staining slides (i.e. for frozen sections,)
  • Clean-up grossing station and disinfect instruments when pathologist finished cutting
  • File pathology slides and cell blocks
  • Reorder supplies as necessary (i.e. glass pipettes, filter paper, cassettes, formalin, needles)
  • Discard pathology and cytology  specimens  (>1 month); (alert  supervisor  to  schedule formalin pick up)
  • Assist pathologist with certain biopsies (e.g. Bone marrow).
  • Faxing and receiving pathology reports and taking the appropriate
  • Check off pathology reports, prepare lab reports and send to
  • Each morning inspect and take inventory of blood units; cancel expired cross-matched units or when indicated. Write cancel in the log book as well as in the order slips.


  • California Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT 1 or CPT 2)
  • Pursuant to Section 1269 of the Business and Professions Code, a laboratory Assistant I who is a high school graduate, or has equivalent education as determined by the department, is authorized to assist licensed personnel in a licensed clinical laboratory if he works under the direct and constant supervision of a licensed  Clinical Laboratory Scientist  (CLS).
  • High school degree or understanding of standard blood drawing practices
  • 1-year experience as a phlebotomist or suitable training course.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite or similar
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strict adherence to safety regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manual
  • Knowledge of aseptic and sterilization
  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin) preferred

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, staff is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and/or listen. He/she uses his/her hands to do computer work, write reports, do equipment set-up/cleaning/storage, clerical support, etc. He/she will be using the phone frequently. Good vision is needed to be able to read schedules, enter accurate data, etc. He/she must have good general health and demonstrate emotional stability so as to carry out the above-enumerated duties.

  • Able to lift up to 30 pounds
  • Use proper body mechanics when handling equipment
  • Standing, walking and moving 50% of the day

Compliance Requirements

Complies with Chinese Hospital Compliance Handbook including Code of Ethics and all statutes, regulations, guidelines applicable to federal and state programs. Responsibilities include, following the guidelines and reporting suspected violations of any statute, regulations, agreements or guidelines applicable to all healthcare programs.


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