Clinical Laboratory Assistant

The Clinical Laboratory Assistant reports to the Send Out Lab Specialist Manager or Director.  Under general supervision reviews test results especially those that are abnormal or atypical and makes test results accessible to the clinicians.  Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the ordering processing and shopping of clinical lab samples.



Receives specimens confirms patient�s identification labels and processes the specimen exercising care to avoid contamination of specimen.


Has an understanding of complex clinical tests and appropriate handling of the required samples and their corresponding methodologies.


Has an understanding of the clinical significance of test results. Collaborates with other laboratory staff to confirm unusual test results or test procedure variation.  May review same with Specialist Manager or Director who are available to handle or advise on unusual situations and in accordance with specific and detailed instructions or procedures. Records and reports test results to ordering physician or DOH as procedurally required.

Assists in the instruction and orientation of new employees as required.


Familiarizes self with new test procedures as they are ordered or as detailed by the Specialist Manager or Director of the area.

Troubleshoots operational problems to include inappropriate or conflicting orders or sample integrity issues.


Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment work benches etc.


Helps to maintain inventory control in the area to include stocking of supplies to maintain laboratory readiness.

Participates in quality Assurance and Improvement programs as needed.


Complies with all QA Safety Infection Control and HIPAA guidelines in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies procedures and objectives.


Performs other related duties that may be assigned.


Other information:


Bachelors Degree in a Science such as Biology Chemistry Microbiology or closely related field. 




Collegiate experience in the Sciences especially as it relates to the laboratory.




Ability to operate equipment and to follow all procedures within section and interpret them for accuracy. Computer skills ability to navigate the web for multiple labs to find testing and sample requirements. Physical and visual dexterity necessary to conduct and interpret tests.  Physical ability to stand and work in the OR or laboratory. Exposure to odors infectious materials toxins and other hazardous substances.  Regularly required to stand and to lift and carry supplies etc.



Performs independently within department policies and practices.  Refers specific complex problems to Specialist Manager or Director of the Send Out Lab where clarification of departmental policies and procedures may be required.





Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: The Miriam Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Per Diem


Shift: Shift 2


Union: Non-Union