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 a full-time, first shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE. Under general supervision, the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee performs, at a professional level of moderate to high complexity, manual and automated clinical diagnostic tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions.
Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment that requires interpretative knowledge (i.e. blood gas instruments, chemistry analyzers, HPLC, AA Spectrophotometry, GCMS, LCMS, Hematology differentials, Immunoassay analyzers , spectrophotometers, etc.)
Able to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting measures
Exhibits a working knowledge of laboratory information system software, middleware, and other relevant software
Accesses and understands content of WIKI procedures and policies and document review
Understands quality control requirements, quality assurance requirements, and follows policies to validate test results
Works independently and manages average workloads, asking for help when falling behind due to heavier than usual workloads
When tasks are completed, helps others and/or works on small projects
Keeps work area clean and organized and returns equipment to appropriate location when finished so others can follow with minimum disruptions
Keeps records neat, organized, and legible so others can follow with minimum disruptions
Performs work accurately and precisely and recognizes, corrects, and documents errors when they occur
Interacts with health care providers and co-workers in a professional manner
In the absence of a MLS Lead or MLS 2, establishes priorities of work to be done in a section and communicates problems to the following shift
Knows the defined critical limits for all tests, reports them to appropriate medical staff, and documents the information according to laboratory policy
Assists with evaluation of new tests/equipment and incorporates checkout samples into the routine flow of work
Performs inventory in assigned area; unpacks, labels and puts away supplies rotating stock as needed
Communicates to MLS Lead/MLS 2 when any item is getting low
Calculates concentrations, prepares, verifies, and documents the making of reagents, controls, and standards
Provides training to new employees, medical laboratory scientist students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures/policies
Acts as a resource to other resource personnel, including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians
Attends Lab Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetings and/or reads scientific journals to ensure continuing education
Is receptive to new ideas and procedures and adapts to new routines and schedules as necessary. The MLS 1 participates in departmental efforts to keep a safe environment for all staff and reports hazards and any unsafe work practices to the supervisor
Knows the location of safety information and SDS manuals and accesses information in response to queries or emergency situations
Follows all rules regarding preparation and processing of samples for transport and/or testing
Provides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout the hospital as required
REQUIREMENTS: This 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/experience AND Eligible 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 MLS 1: Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience AND Current 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. AND One 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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Employees working in Laboratory Medicine may be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, etc.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.