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Medical Lab Technologist

Location:
Stafford, Virginia, United States
Posted:
November 13, 2018

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Mary Antonette de Leon

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Stafford, VA, 22554

702-***-****

ac7opx@r.postjobfree.com

Medical technologist with experience in extraction of prescription drug monitoring (PDM) toxicology substances for analytical testing. Possesses a B.S. in Public Health with laboratory and medical science focus. Seeking to expand my knowledge and develop my skills in the medical laboratory sciences. Interested in new career opportunities in other fields of health care.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS, INC., NICHOLS INSTITUTE, Chantilly, VA

Medical Technologist, April 2017- Present

Follows the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test result. Maintains records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens. Analyzes specimens using approved testing procedures (see department SOPs). Follows CLIA, HIPAA, OSHA, and safety guidelines. Adheres to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and all maintenance performed. Follows the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance. Identifies problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results, corrects the problems encountered or immediately notifies the senior technologist or supervisor. Documents all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications. Follow department's procedure in reporting STATS or Critical results to clients. If applicable, answers questions from customers or other lab personnel. Maintains complete records of all testing performed on-site. Maintains general appearance of the department. Ensures reagents/test kits have received dates, expiration dates and, if applicable, opened dates. Reviews/trains on new procedures.

Attends monthly department and any additional training/educational meetings. Participates in all applicable safety training sessions. Knows the location and contents of the safety manual. Knows the location/use of all applicable safety equipment.

Participates in government or regulatory agency inspections. Performs other duties as directed by supervisor.

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS, INC., Fairfax, VA

Patient Services Representative II (Site Lead), July 2016 - April 2017

Responsible for efficiently obtaining blood samples through venipuncture and capillary collection procedures with minimum patient discomfort in a PSC setting. Ensured specimen integrity by adhering to laboratory procedures for specimen collection, handling, and processing. Verified proper patient identification and performs proper and prompt specimen labeling. Accessed orders and creates requisitions for labwork in Care360. Adhered to departmental policies and procedures pertaining to quality control and assurance and safety. Followed guidelines for proper order of draw. Followed laboratory procedures for specimen collection and handling, including correct patient identification and labeling of specimens. Utilized KnowledgeBase, Care360 Dictionary, and translation tables in order to correctly input orders into Care360. Ordered and maintained inventory of phlebotomy and accessory supplies. Observed safety, infection control, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen guidelines. Observed HIPAA guidelines. Demonstrated efficiency in the timely completion of tasks according to priority. Utilized supplies with minimal waste. Effectively communicated with patients, clients, and laboratory staff to ensure quality patient care and service. Respected and maintained confidentiality of information relevant to patients. Strived to maintain a positive work environment.

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY LABORATORIES, Las Vegas, NV

Phlebotomist, July 2014 – June 2016

Responsible for accurately obtaining blood samples through venipuncture and capillary collection procedures with minimum patient discomfort. Ensured specimen integrity by adhering to laboratory procedures for specimen collection, handling, and processing. Verified proper patient identification and performed proper and prompt specimen labeling. Entered patient information and created order requisitions with Atlas database system. Created shipment batch manifests for further transport to main laboratory. Adhered to departmental policies and procedures, including departmental programs, quality control, quality assurance and safety. Followed laboratory procedures for specimen collection and handling, including correct patient identification and labeling of specimens. Recognized and followed proper order of draw. Utilized resources for proper collection and processing of requested tests, e.g. lab manuals, test directories, test inquiry prompts, etc. Utilized resources to answer inquiries for test information and basic customer-related issues. Ordered and maintained inventory of phlebotomy and other supplies. Assisted in training of new employees in learning laboratory guidelines and practices. Understood and followed all safety, infection control, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen guidelines. Understood and observed all HIPAA guidelines. Demonstrated efficiency by timely performing procedures and determining priority. Utilized appropriate supplies with minimal waste. Communicated with customers and laboratory staff to ensure quality patient care. Maintained and supported a service-oriented relationship with customers. Respected and maintained the confidentiality of information relative to customers. Strived to maintain a positive work environment.

VASNHS – NORTH LAS VEGAS VA MEDICAL CENTER, North Las Vegas, NV

Health Technician (Phlebotomy), GS-05, June 2014 – March 2016

Performed a wide variety of blood collection practices of a responsible nature, understanding multiplicity of tests and specimen requirements, patient preparation, and the mechanics of venipuncture and capillary collection. Demonstrated versatility of skill in proceeding from one patient to another in a timely manner, observing consistency in accurate patient identification and specimen requirement procedures. Verified proper patient identification (e.g. use of at least two patient identifiers: name and DOB or SSN) and performed proper and prompt specimen labeling, strictly observing zero tolerance policy with blood bank specimens. Recognized and followed proper priority for collection process, i.e. order of draw. Explained work requirements and procedures, giving special instructions with regard to specimen collection, preparation, handling and test analysis. Prioritized specimens with regard to urgency, i.e. STAT, urgent, or routine. Used initiative in direction of the activities of the phlebotomy and accessions areas and works independently without specific instruction or supervision. Performed all clerical duties involved in accessions, including work lists and logs. Followed appropriate guidelines as established by the laboratory for missed draws, recollects, or difficult sticks. Monitored patient environment to ensure patient safety during phlebotomy procedures. Observed proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Set up equipment for phlebotomy procedures, ensuring phlebotomy and ancillary equipment is functioning to standard. Exercised a high degree of flexibility and willingness to function in emergent patient care situations. Transported specimens to laboratory in a timely manner, mindful of special handling, requirements and preparation. Received specimens from satellite clinics and delivered specimens to respectful sections of core lab, pathology, microbiology, or shipment/send-outs. Processed specimens accordingly, including centrifugation and separation of serum and plasma from cells, utilizing refrigerated centrifuges if specimen requires to be spun and separated at refrigerated temperature. Accessioned, collected and received specimens from wards and outpatient departments into VistA. Documented accession area problems, e.g. mislabeled or unlabeled specimens, in a logbook, and returned calls for acknowledgment and recollection. Assisted in the training of new employees in learning hospital laboratory guidelines and practices. Adhered to the Infection Control Guidelines and quality control and assessment for the Medical Center. Exhibited effective interpersonal and communication skills with patients, families, and other Medical Center employees. Answered telephones to respond to needs of patients and staff with tact and efficiency. Exhibited knowledge and skills in operation and utilitization of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) and Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) for retrieving patient information. Assisted in microbiology department and performed basic functions such as bacterial streak and quadrant plating, and rapid testing for Legionella, occult blood, MRSA-DNA and other GeneXpert tests, etc. Observed operation of and loaded samples on BC Unicel DxC 800 analyzer in the automated analysis of various chemistry tests. Observed operation of and loaded samples on iRICELL IRIS automated urinalysis system. Observed operation of and loaded samples on UniCel and Sysmex hematology analyzers.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES VISAYAS, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, April 2012

Learned the principles of human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical microbiology and virology, pathology, nutrition, medical helminthology and protozoology, environmental health, clinical chemistry, hematology and immunology, epidemiology, public health administration and health education, genetics, and medical entomology. Acquired knowledge and skills in practicing venipuncture/phlebotomy and the processing of blood specimens. Learned the proper order of draw in collecting blood specimens. Acquired knowledge and skill in performing ABO and Rh blood typing and crossmatching. Performed manual complete blood counts, WBC differential counts, ESR, hemoglobin and hematocrit calculations, etc. Performed clinical chemistry tests involving the quantity and quality of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in blood, using spectrophotometry, chemical reagents, and microscopy. Observed and identified various parasites and their ova, e.g. Ascaris lumbricoides, Dipyllidium caninum, Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale, Strongyloides stercoralis, Enterobius vermicularis, etc. Performed bacterial inoculation of agar dishes and tubes, practicing proper aseptic techniques. Identified various bacteria using selective and differential media and biochemical tests. Prepared bacterial smears, blood smears, fungal smears, and histology microtomy slides for microscopic examination, utilizing different staining methods, e.g. Gram stain, Ziehl-Neelsen stain, KOH stain, hematoxylin and eosin stain, etc. Performed bacterial culture and sensitivity tests using Mueller-Hinton agar disk diffusion and broth dilution techniques. Performed VDRL and RPR tests. Performed direct and indirect Coombs tests. Learned and practiced the principles of proper specimen handling, and the importance of the use of personal protective equipment and laboratory safety guidelines. Learned and practiced the principles of proper materials handling and storage, such as that of reagents, petri dishes, etc. Prepared specimens according to specific test requirements, i.e. proper incubation or preservation temperatures, proper handling of photolabile and thermolabile specimens, etc.

Coursework:

Epidemiology

Association of Socio-demographic Factors to Contraction HIV/AIDS Infection among Residents in Western Visayas from 1994 to 2011: A Special Problem

Medical Helminthology and Protozoology

Assessed reinfection rates of endoparasite infection among children in Barangay Navais, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines

Public Health Practice: Health Education, Project Planning and Implementation

RESPIRE LA SUR: Resolve Spread of and Impede Respiratory Infections in Lanag Sur, Tubungan, Iloilo, Philippines

Thesis

Documentation of food handling practices in relation to health conditions of children ages 0 to 6 years old in Barangay Lanag Sur, Tubungan, Iloilo, Philippines

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Possesses extensive knowledge of guidelines related to phlebotomy procedures. Possesses knowledge and skill in assessing and monitoring patient’s physical and psychological response to phlebotomy procedure. Possesses knowledge and skill in practicing universal precautions, infection control principles and guidelines, asepsis and management of contaminated specimens to prevent cross-contamination. Possesses knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the structures involved in blood collection, i.e. veins, nerves. Possesses knowledge and skill in transporting patients to ensure their safety. Possesses knowledge of current laboratory specimen regulation and requirements, processing, and handling procedures. Possesses knowledge and skills in operating Microsoft Office programs: Word, Outlook, Excel, and Powerpoint. Capable of operating common office equipment e.g. scanners, printers and copy machines. Can successfully handle several assignments simultaneously, being able to accomplish tasks according to priority. Works and carries out routine assignments independently. Possesses strong problem-solving skills. Possesses broad understanding and skills in use of the Internet. Typing speed: 60 wpm. Demonstrates a caring, compassionate, courteous, and positive attitude in all phone and face to face contacts with patients, family members, visitors and other staff members of the clinic. Interacts with fellow employee and supervisors in a way that promotes a harmonious and cooperative working environment. Gracefully accepts corrective feedback. Deals with stressful situations in a calm and courteous manner. Eagerly participates in training. Shares knowledge, skills and ideas to accomplish team goals.



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