Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty. The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for an day shift, full-time Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee.RESPONSIBILITIES:TECHNICAL QUALITY OF WORKPerform analysis of blood and blood products with accuracy and precision in the transfusion service laboratoriesFollow current established procedures and guidelines for performing and documenting testsComplete routine tasks without direct supervisionWork with attention to detail and with critical review to avoid errors Use job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding the acceptability of test results and donor compatibility for transfusionInvestigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; follow procedures for reporting and documenting to assure quality and timeliness of patient resultsTake appropriate action on critical, abnormal or unusual resultsFollow hospital procedures for communication of critical results to the appropriate health care providerQUANTITY OF WORKComplete patient and quality control procedures within defined time limitsSimultaneously coordinate multiple procedures with accuracyPrioritize workload in response to STAT requestsMeet test completion deadlines through efficient workload organizationTEAMWORK/ENABLE LABORATORY OPERATIONS Use work time appropriatelyWork as a team member - show initiative and cooperation to maintain work flowCommunicate between team members to facilitate optimal patient careMaintain awareness of needs within the lab, such as heavy workload on benches or special projects to be completed, and assist in the completion of those tasksDisplay flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and scheduleShare responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call and call-back needs of the laboratoryMaintain a neat, clean and efficient work area including cleaning benches and equipment and replenishing suppliesMaintain awareness of supply stock and inform lead technologist before supplies are depletedQUALITY ASSURANCE ACTIVITIES Perform and document daily quality controlAnalyze QC data and make judgments concerning resultsInstitute and document corrective action when QC results exceed tolerance limitsVerify acceptability of QC prior to reporting any patient valuesFollow maintenance protocols for all instruments, and document appropriatelyMonitor QA indicators on instruments and institute corrective action as neededDocument other laboratory or specimen issues and problems appropriatelyINSTRUMENTATION/COMPUTER SKILLS Understand principles of operation for a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzersMaintain basic troubleshooting skills on all instruments. Appropriately document problems and notify lead technologist and/or request assistance for instrument issuesExhibit working knowledge of laboratory information system softwareTEACHING SKILLSEffectively teach and train medical technology students, new employees or others in theory and performance of laboratory testingComplete necessary paperwork and training documents during daily interactions with trainees. Review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirementsProvide adequate supervision of trainees when assignedVerify performance of trainee prior to allowing trainee to report resultsProvide feedback on trainee's performance as requiredCOMMUNICATION/CUSTOMER SERVICERepresent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratoryDemonstrate good communication and conflict resolution skillsCommunicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writingMaintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initialsJOB KNOWLEDGE/PROFESSIONAL GROWTH Maintain competency and keep job knowledge currentAttend inservices and continuing education opportunities as availableMAINTAIN SAFE WORKING HABITSExercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materialsPractice "Universal Precautions" at all timesReport hazards and unsafe practices to supervisorKeep abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.Know location of safety information and supplies, and be able to access in response to queries or emergency situationsParticipate in laboratory disaster preparedness drillsPERFORM RELATED DUTIES AS ASSIGNED Perform accurate analysis on CAP and other proficiency testing materials.Make and verify quality of reagentsAssist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assignedPerform special projects and related duties as assignedMay be required to perform venipuncturesMay be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing, or respond to trauma codes or deliver blood to the bedsideThis position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.Requirements for MLS Trainee:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experienceANDEligible to take the Medical Laboratory Science certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, with successful completion and certification within one year from date of hire. Failure of Medical Laboratory Science graduates to attain certification within one year of date of hire will result in a recommendation for termination.Requirements for MLS1:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experienceANDCurrent Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division.ANDOne year of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in a Medical Laboratory Science Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.DESIRED:Two years experience in all aspects of pretransfusion testing in an acute care environment and automation experience This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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