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%), night shift, CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN LEAD. Under limited supervision, the Clinical Laboratory Technician Lead will provide laboratory support in the Specimen Processing Laboratory located at Harborview Medical Center. The Clinical Laboratory Technician Lead will regularly assign, instruct, lead, and check the work of others; perform the work of Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT); may contribute to the development and evaluation of new laboratory processes and procedures; perform, at a technical level, various routine laboratory procedures; and other laboratory work which supports the operation of the Reference Laboratory.
In conjunction with the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) scheduler, organize CLT staff work assignments and daily schedule to support departmental needs; redirect staff efforts on an ongoing basis as required to maintain a smooth workload
Participate in new employee selection, orientation, and training; participate in orientation and training of all CLT staff on new and revised P&P; insure completion and documentation of checklist items and other associated paperwork
Contribute and help develop new laboratory processes and procedures
Act as a resource by providing leadership in handling daily tasks and troubleshooting problems to include equipment/instrument/computer issues, communication with clinical and non-clinical staff, and personnel conflicts
Keep staff informed regarding technical and non-technical issues; maintain confidentiality when required, to include staffing and personnel issues; generate and review quality feedback forms with staff; provide input to the manager regarding employee performance
Insure QC/ QA activities are performed and documented according to SOP; provide feedback to staff when SOP has not been followed; refer problems to the appropriate person when necessary
Assist with inventory and maintaining adequate stock; may order supplies
Evaluate, describe, inoculate, and process laboratory specimens, such as blood, stool, sputum, urine, tissue, and fluid. Insure the accuracy of policies and procedures associated with the collection and processing of specimens submitted; communicate to the appropriate personnel when inaccuracies are found in policies and procedures and follow- up to insure correction of information
Read and report Gram stain smears; troubleshoot unusual or questionable results; serve as a resource for yearly Gram stain competency testing
Perform all CLT2 and CLT1 tasks
Perform other duties as assigned
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.
REQUIREMENTS: An Associate Degree from a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredited Medical Laboratory Technician program including courses in chemistry and biology AND One year of Clinical Laboratory Technician experience OR equivalent education/experience.
Bachelor's degree in lab science field
Experience in specimen processing
Familiarity with Department of Laboratory Medicine operations and procedures
Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
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.
May be required to work weekends and holidays
Are considered essential staff and required to report to work in inclement weather
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.