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Specimen Processing Technician - Evenings - 3p-11p

Rochester, NY · Science/Research
TES Staffing is partnering with an extremely busy and fast paced Specimen Management laboratory within the largest teaching hospital in Rochester.
This is an exceptional and rare opportunity to join this team and get your foot in the door with the hospital. This department offers robust training and is looking to promote someone from this position over time. In addition, this will give Specimen Technicians hands on experience within the Microbiology team.
We are looking for an entry level candidate who is looking to get their feet wet in the industry.

Monday-Friday, 3p-11p
$16-17/hr, plus a one-dollar shift differential 
Contract to hire after 8 weeks. 
Full and incredible medical benefits, 401k, tuition reimbursement, continued education offered 

  1. Sample Management (45%)
  • Receives specimens from inpatient and outpatient locations via couriers or pneumatic tube station.
  • Uses knowledge of test menu to prioritize handling of stat/urgent specimens and those needing special handling. 
  • Takes appropriate action to ensure specimen integrity whenever testing may be delayed. 
  • Tracks and receives batches, verifying receipt of specimens. 
  • Works with a variety of health care providers to troubleshoot problem specimens and to clarify correct test selection.
  • Answers questions from specimen collection locations regarding transport and minimum volumes.
  • Informs ordering providers when the ordered test(s) cannot be performed and works to remedy this situation whenever possible.  
  • Prepares specimens for transport to specialized areas of testing (i.e. specialty labs, reference lab).
  • Manages sample archive storage system and specimen disposal as specified by laboratory storage guidelines.
  1. Patient Registration and Specimen Log-in (25%)
  •  Registers patient information into HIS (Hospital Information System).
  • Identifies special registration (i.e., client Bill, research). 
  • Identifies and registers patient billing information.
  • Logs-in laboratory procedure codes as ordered from manual requisitions or assures accuracy of electronic orders.
  • Enters all appropriate comments from requisitions/physician orders. 
  • Follows procedure for documenting discrepancies on patient information, test(s) requested, or specimen information into the LIS.
  1. Clerical Support (15%)
  • Answers telephone calls, providing routine information related to test results, testing/specimen requirements or other technical information (reference ranges, turnaround times and referral laboratory information), as well as general product or service information. 
  • Takes appropriate action as needed to meet the customer’s request, including test request add-ons and proper transfer of calls to other destinations as needed.   
  • Scans requisitions into the scanning system confirming readability and keywords. 
  • Participates in Quality Assurance data collection as required.
  1. Lab (Technical) Support (10%)
  • Assists technologists in the pre-analytical processing of select tests including the centrifugation, separating and storing of samples. 
  • As applicable, loads continuous blood culture system or pre-analytical automation system for sample processing and preparation.
  • Takes temperatures and monitors environment (C02/humidity) of rooms and equipment. 
  • Works with technical team and Supervisors to trouble shoot out of range conditions and documents the results as part of the laboratory’s quality control guidelines.
  1. Performs other responsibilities and projects as assigned.  (5%)

1.    Ability to maintain a friendly and courteous professional manner at all times.
2.    Ability to interact effectively and professionally with co-workers and customers.
3.    Excellent computer and organizational skills.
4.    Ability to rotate shifts, weekends, and holidays as assigned.


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