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Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Vivian Morales

Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Vivian Morales

Vivian Morales, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, NIH

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

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Salary: $49,7000r
Min. Education: Bachelor's
Related Careers: Nuclear Med Tech, Biological Technician

• Preventative maintenance on all instruments
• Quality control procedures to verify quality and accuracy of the reagents and the instruments used for a specific test
• Test patient samples according to the doctors orders along with control samples, examine data for accuracy. If results are acceptable, they are recorded into the computer system and become accessible to the patient’s physician.
• Troubleshoot any problems that arise, whether they may be with the patient samples, our test reagents and equipment, or the analysis of data

What I like best/least about my work…

What I like best about my work is the satisfaction of providing quality test results as a member of the healthcare team. I am very proud to be part of a team working to help patients get better.

What I like least about my work is the stress and the pressure I put on myself to do a good job. I always strive to perform my work in a timely and accurate fashion, and try to do my best for our patients. Patient care is top priority.

My career goals are…

My career goals are to continue to provide quality services as part of the healthcare team. As a Medical Technologist, you work independently at your bench, but you are also part of a bigger team. You are the health professional behind a test result. I feel very lucky because I’ve worked in some of the top medical facilities in the country.

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