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 a full-time, first shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) performs clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level and may include all facets of pretransfusion testing using both automated and manual methods, routine and complex antibody identification, component preparation, unit confirmation testing, shipping and receiving units, tissue and sample processing, information processing, and quality control. May also include responding to trauma codes and delivery and facilitation of blood products to the bedside. Position also includes training of students and new employees in the performance of such testing. May also include participation in special projects as needed.
Perform analysis of blood and blood products with accuracy and precision in the transfusion service laboratories
Use job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding the acceptability of test results and donor compatibility for transfusion
Investigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; follow procedures for reporting and documenting to assure quality and timeliness of patient results
Take appropriate action on critical, abnormal, or unusual results
Simultaneously coordinate multiple procedures with accuracy
Prioritize workload in response to STAT requests
Meet test completion deadlines through efficient workload organization
Work as a team member-show initiative and cooperation to maintain work flow
Maintain 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 tasks
Display flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedule
Share responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call and call-back needs of the laboratory
Maintain a neat, clean, and efficient work area including cleaning benches and equipment and replenishing supplies
Maintain awareness of supply stock and inform lead technologist before supplies are depleted
Perform and document daily quality control
Analyze QC data and make judgments concerning results
Institute and document corrective action when QC results exceed tolerance limits
Verify acceptability of QC prior to reporting any patient values
Follow maintenance protocols for all instruments, and document appropriately
Document other laboratory or specimen issues and problems appropriately
Understand principles of operation for a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzers
Maintain basic troubleshooting skills on all instruments. Appropriately document problems and notify lead technologist and/or request assistance for instrument issues
Exhibit working knowledge of laboratory information system software
Effectively teach and train medical technology students, new employees or others in theory and performance of laboratory testing
Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratory
Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
Attend inservices and continuing education opportunities as available
Maintain safe working habits
Perform accurate analysis on CAP and other proficiency testing materials
Make and verify quality of reagents
Assist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assigned
Perform special projects and related duties as assigned
May be required to perform venipunctures
May be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing, or respond to trauma codes or deliver blood to the bedside
Perform related duties as assigned
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.
DESIRED: Two years experience in all aspects of pretransfusion testing in an acute care environment. Automation experience preferred
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, Rosen, etc.
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