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 now 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.
Our Laboratory Medicine Department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%), day shift, CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 2 - SENDOUT SPECIALIST. As a member of the Specimen Processing team, the Clinical Laboratory Technician 2 (CLT2) - Sendout Specialist is responsible for the coordination of the daily technical activities for the Department’s Sendout testing to referral labs. The Sendout Specialist concentrated focus is to troubleshoot problem specimens, research appropriate CPT/Price and processing instructions for undefined tests. The Specialist is expected to establish collaborative relationships with the Clinical Administrative Support Team (CAST) and Lab Medicine Resident teams to ensure appropriate processing, shipping, and billing of undefined sendout tests.
The Sendout Specialist will spend the majority of time working with reference laboratory sendout specimens. The Specialist will train new and existing Sendout Specialist staff on the performance of reference laboratory sendout activities
The Sendout Specialist must build and maintain a working relationship with the referral laboratories as needed to facilitate the sendout process. In addition to the Mayo Clinic, the primary reference lab that is utilized by Lab Medicine, the Sendout Specialist is responsible for sending specimens to Nation Jewish Health, the CDC, State Public Health Lab, Integrated Genetics, Athena, Blood Center of Wisconsin, OHSU Cytogenetics, Prion Disease Center, Palo Alto Medical Center, Prometheus, Ambry Genetics, and others as needed and approved by the director of the division responsible for the requested testing
The Sendout Specialist will be responsible for maintaining adequate stock of special collection materials needed for referral testing, including but not limited to un-expired stock of chemicals, agents and special collection kits needed for the preservation of sendout tests from SCCA, UWMC and Roosevelt labs. These supplies include but are not limited to: Serotonin tubes, trace metal tubes, Somatostatin kits, TRH preservative tubes, Z-Tubes for Neurotensin, and Cambridge GI tubes for Neurokinin and Pancreastatin. Kits include Viracor, Osford, and Promethius and any others as needed. The Sendout Specialist must maintain and file reports and results in an organized and accessible manner
The Sendout Specialist must maintain the required annual certifications needed for the shipment of hazardous materials and dry ice
The Sendout Specialist must maintain an awareness of and the ability to use the resources to provide instruction on the collection and processing of specialized and targeted tests that are not performed by UW Laboratory Medicine but must be sent to outside laboratories. These can be low volume tests or highly specialized and rare tests, including but not limited to Salivary Cortisol, Metanephrines, Catecholamines, Venous Pyruvic Acid, Stimulation testing, and Prion disease testing. This includes communicating specific collection instructions to the patient as needed
The Sendouts specialist is responsible maintaining higher than average awareness of the chemicals and agents needed to preserve certain tests. These chemicals may include Acetic Acid, 6N HCL, 6N HNO, Boric Acid, and others. The sendout specialist is responsible for aiding other staff in the preparation of these collection containers as necessary
The Sendout Specialist must maintain communication with the following groups to facilitate the collection, ordering, shipment, billing and resulting of referral sendout testing: Laboratory Medicine Resident, SPS Staff, Phlebotomy Staff, Providers, Clinical Administrative Support Team (CAST)
Perform other duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of chemical, clinical, or public health laboratory experience OR Completion of a laboratory assistant course approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists OR Equivalent education/experience.
Associates or bachelor degree in science
Experience in a major medical hospital laboratory
Experience with laboratory information system
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Employees working in Laboratory Medicine: May be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, including but not limited to 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.