A blood bank supervisor is a clinical healthcare worker who holds a supervisory role involving the handling and management of blood storage operations and resources. Most clinical facilities have blood-banking facilities, from hospitals to donor agencies like the Red Cross, and these supervisors must ensure that all collected specimens and donations are properly screened, stored, and maintained at all times.
Part of a blood bank supervisor's job may involve basic examination, sampling, and screening processes, and he/she will typically oversee and participate in examining and testing blood samples for lab work or transfusion-storage purposes. Each sample is marked according to standard procedures at the clinic/blood bank, and any necessary reporting is forwarded to the appropriate medical professionals.
Because proper blood and plasma types can be essential to ease patients through surgery and trauma care, all samples must labeled accordingly and these supervisors must constantly monitor storage conditions to maintain the integrity of all stored blood.
To work as a blood bank supervisor, a person should typically have a degree in biology or a field related to applied laboratory disciplines. Those in this position often oversee small teams, so employers may prefer those with prior experience in the field and some supervisory skills. Most blood bank supervisors work in clinical laboratory environments during traditional weekly business hours.
Blood Bank Supervisor Tasks
Supervise staff and give technical direction.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Maintain departmental day-to-day blood bank activities, monitor and prioritize workflow and schedules.
Assume responsibility for complex blood donation procedures when needed.
Ensure adherence to departmental policies and procedures.