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UCLA Health GI Technician III - MPU, Westwood in Los Angeles, California


Under the general direction and supervision of the Administrative Nurse I, the Gastroenterology Technician III is responsible for assisting the Gastroenterology Technician II in the complex and critical job of endoscope and equipment decontamination / reprocessing and is the departmental expert in this vitally important area. In the absence of sufficient Gastroenterology Technician II's the Gastroenterology Technician III may be assigned to assisting with equipment & procedure room preparation, setup, calibration prior to procedures; procedure room breakdown; specimen collection in the MPU, inventory control, and patient billing. Responsible for testing, arranging repair and documentation of endoscope processing and repair.

Additionally the Gastroenterology Technician III is responsible for assisting the physician and nurse directly and providing direct hands on patient care during routine procedures (Colonoscopy, EGD, Sigmoidoscopy, Motility Procedures) as well as more complex interventional procedures (ERCP, EUS, Fine Needle Aspiration, Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Right Heart Catheterization).

Specimen Processing: The Gastroenterology Technician III is responsible for the collection of tissue and fluid specimens from patients during diagnostic and invasive procedures including, but not limited to, Bronchoscopy, Cardiac Biopsy, Liver Biopsy, Bone Biopsy, Upper & Lower GI procedures, ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound Fine Needle Aspiration. The technician will assist the physician in obtaining the specimen, retrieve the specimen directly from the biopsy device, implant / mount / suspend the specimen utilizing microscope slides / mesh / suspension solutions. Label and log the specimens in accordance to Medical Center Policy and deliver them to the appropriate pick up station. Specimens will be processed for Cytology, Pathology, Microbiology and Chemistry testing.

On Call: The Gastroenterology Technician II takes call routinely on nights & weekends and is responsible for assisting the physician in the performance of bedside procedures.

Acts as a mentor assisting in the training and monitoring of Gastroenterology Technician I & II.


  1. Knowledge and adherence to Medical Plaza and Medical Procedures Unit policies and procedures following orientation.

  2. Skill in reading documents written in standard English text such as, administrative policy and procedure manuals.

  3. Skill in evaluation and implementation of technical information such as operation manuals and directions for use of disinfectants, lubricants and other cleaning agents.

  4. Skill in speaking clearly and distinctly to obtain and convey information to various levels within the organization.

  5. Writing skills sufficient to use appropriate vocabulary and grammar when logging, reporting etc.

  6. Ability to speak on a one to one basis using appropriate vocabulary and grammar to obtain and provide information.

  7. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all team members and ancillary staff.

  8. Skill in performing with frequent interruptions and/or distractions.

  9. Skill in setting priorities which accurately reflect importance to job responsibilities.

  10. Ability to work independently and interdependently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.

  11. Ability to adapt to change either in workload or in assignments.

  12. Skill and manual dexterity required to work with intricate equipment without dropping or damaging it.

  13. Ability to stand for prolonged time periods.

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