(20%) Prospective Recruitment ? Review surgery schedule and evaluate prospective collections ? Meet with prospective researchers to evaluate needs and BLS/BioNet ability to add value ? Network with other departments and organizations to promote the advantages of BLS/BioNet involvement ? Contact and coordinate with prospective internal and/or external sample recipients
(30%) Participant Enrollment ? Screen OR schedule for appropriate tissue collection for current projects/protocols per review of patient medical histories, obtain informed consent from patients. ? Enroll appropriate participants/patients for a specific protocol/project. ? Obtain informed consent if required by the protocol or verify that another party is responsible for consent. ? Notify the appropriate service area of BLS/BioNet collections ? Coordinate with gross room for an efficient collection within the prescribed time limits
(30%) Tissue Procurement ? Evaluate current authorized researchers to distribute possible collections ? Be able to determine by grossly examining the tissue specimen appropriateness for researcher protocols ? Aliquot sample into appropriate media for research needs ? Distribute specimens as appropriate ? Transport specimens to and from Histology lab and effectively communicate with lab staff for most efficient utilization of resources ? Cryopreserve specimens for bio-bank/bio-repository if needed ? Prepare tissue for quality controls ? Coordinate after hours collections with multiple participants, by pager, e-mail, and/or phone contacts ? Sort and accession specimens for temperature controlled storage ? Reconcile inventory, retrieve and ship specimens ? Provide prompt, responsive customer service for researcher inquiries and service requests ? Maintain tissue procurement and quality control records ? Enter data into database ? Document activities to effectively capture time and resource expended ? Produce specimen reports and information ? Maintain and file records
(10%) Workflow and Team Training ? Assist in training, scheduling, and coordination of the BLS/BioNet staff and student employees to accomplish daily activities and support researcher needs. ? Train new staff, including students, on BLS/BioNet policies, practices, and procedures. ? Assist with scheduling and coordinating the daily tissue procurement schedule. Ensure that schedules are met in a timely fashion. ? Provide service coverage in other BLS/BioNet areas as needed (i.e., Histology Lab, Digital Imaging Facility).
(5%) Equipment and Supplies ? Maintain and monitor bio-specimen freezers and LN tanks ? Monitor inventory and order supplies to ensure uninterrupted workflow ? Assist with BLS/BioNet equipment assessment, installation, qualification, validation, monitoring, and maintenance.
(5%) Procedure Development/Implementation and Process Improvement ? Document BLS/BioNet role in specific protocols ? Assist with development and documentation of BLS/BioNet work process and procedures. ? Assist with ensuring implementation of working orders, protocol specific instructions and all applicable regulations as they apply to bio-specimen collection, processing, storage and distribution/shipment.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors: BLS/BioNet Manager and Medical Director.
Required Qualifications (must be documented on application materials) ? BA/BS in Nursing, Gross Room, Surgical Pathology, Histology, Biological Sciences or related field or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years ? Demonstrated/documented knowledge of medical terminology to screen for appropriate tissue collection and to abstract medical information from patient charts ? Proficient data entry and computer skills ? Fluency in English in order to explain consents to patients and families ? Ability to lift 50 lbs in order to lift freezer racks and transfer liquid nitrogen tanks as needed ? Demonstrated/documented excellent oral and written communication skills ? Demonstrated/documented excellent customer service skills ? Demonstrated/documented excellent work ethic and teamwork skills
Preferred Qualifications ? Bio-repository or laboratory work experience ? Experience working with patients and obtaining informed consent ? Experience with abstraction of medical information from medical charts ? Knowledge of universal precautions, lab safety procedures, and blood borne pathogens ? Experience with Microsoft Office software ? Working knowledge or ability to learn and utilize electronic databases ? Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to function independently and collaboratively, good problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task ? Experience distinguishing and identifying human tissues ? Fulfillment of HIPAA training requirements
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