Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology 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.
University of Washington's Laboratory Medicine and Pathology department has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (20 hours per week), alternate shift, MESSENGER DRIVER. This position will drive a Motor Pool vehicle to transport laboratory specimens, laboratory reports, supplies and other designated materials between UWMC and medical facilities and laboratories within the greater Puget Sound region.
Drives a University vehicle to transport laboratory specimens, laboratory reports, supplies and other designated materials between UWMC and medical facilities and laboratories within Washington State.
Works with bio hazardous specimens, including tissues and fluids, which may be contain viruses or other infectious particles or microorganisms. May work near contagious patients. Must be vigilant about risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens through needle stick or spillage.
Adheres to "Universal Precaution" procedures at all times when handling or transporting biohazardous materials.
Maintains integrity of specimens being transported with regard to specimen temperature, intactness of containers/packaging, and absence of specimen loss or incorrect delivery
Prepares / gathers lab supplies and related material to be delivered to client locations
Performs assigned route in appropriate amount of time.
Exercises independent judgment in determining ability to accommodate clients' requests for additional service within the assigned shift.
Maintains accurate records of route stops and specimens transported.
Knows UW Fleet Services rules and regulations and adheres to them at all times.
Keeps assigned University vehicle clean, and fuel tank sufficiently filled as per protocol. Participates in / supports UW Fleet Services vehicle maintenance program.
Participate in and supports quality assessment and improvement activities.
Receptive to new ideas and procedures.
Adapts to changes in route / schedule as necessary
Open to receiving direction and asks for assistance when needed
Will use digital devices such as computers and smart phones regularly.
Responds promptly to calls or texts.
Can and does access Workday and other UW online resources for personal and employment data, training or other assignments, and education opportunities
Keeps passwords up to date and checks UW email once per week at a minimum
Teaches and demonstrates tasks and shares job knowledge with trainees as assigned
Maintains a customer service focus and service attitude in all situations encountered. Communicates in a cooperative and professional manner with team members and client contacts in the medical facilities for which courier service is provided
Performs other duties as assigned.
Possession of a valid vehicle operator's license.
Safe driving record as evidenced by provision of a minimum 3-year driving abstract
Professional driving experience
Experience handling bio-hazardous laboratory specimens and familiarity
with universal precautions.
Experience with customer service relations.
Demonstrated success working independently with minimal supervision.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must be able to understand and clearly communicate in English
Must be able to read print as small as font size 9
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
Must be able to transport specimen coolers and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds in total, either by hand-carrying or via use of a hand truck
Successfully completes required training / refresher modules in a timely manner
May work weekends, holidays, and variable hours to accommodate variations in workload, illness, coverage etc.
It will be necessary to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, especially at Harborview Medical Center.
In addition, less frequent work effort will be required at other UW School of Medicine locations (e.g., South Lake Union) and Seattle-area healthcare institutions.
Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.
Must be able to meet with all shifts on a regular basis
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
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.