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MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE (50%) - University of Washington

  • University of Washington
  • $160,580.00 - 160,580.00 / Year *
  • 17502 102nd Ave NE
  • Bothell, WA 98011
  • Part-Time
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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 nations 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 part-time (50%) Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

TECHNICAL QUALITY OF WORK
  • Perform analysis of blood and blood products with accuracy and precision in the transfusion service laboratories
  • Follow current established procedures and guidelines for performing and documenting tests
  • Complete routine tasks without direct supervision
  • Work with attention to detail and with critical review to avoid errors
  • 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
  • Follow hospital procedures for communication of critical results to the appropriate health care provider

    QUANTITY OF WORK
  • Complete patient and quality control procedures within defined time limits
  • Simultaneously coordinate multiple procedures with accuracy
  • Prioritize workload in response to STAT requests
  • Meet test completion deadlines through efficient workload organization

    TEAMWORK/ENABLE LABORATORY OPERATIONS
  • Use work time appropriately
  • Work as a team member - show initiative and cooperation to maintain work flow
  • Communicate between team members to facilitate optimal patient care
  • 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

    QUALITY ASSURANCE ACTIVITIES
  • 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
  • Monitor QA indicators on instruments and institute corrective action as needed
  • Document other laboratory or specimen issues and problems appropriately

    INSTRUMENTATION/COMPUTER SKILLS
  • 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

    TEACHING SKILLS
  • Effectively teach and train medical technology students, new employees or others in theory and performance of laboratory testing
  • Complete necessary paperwork and training documents during daily interactions with trainees. Review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirements
  • Provide adequate supervision of trainees when assigned
  • Verify performance of trainee prior to allowing trainee to report results
  • Provide feedback on trainee's performance as required

    COMMUNICATION/CUSTOMER SERVICE
  • Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratory
  • Demonstrate good communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writing
  • Maintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initials

    JOB KNOWLEDGE/PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
  • Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
  • Attend inservices and continuing education opportunities as available

    MAINTAIN SAFE WORKING HABITS
  • Exercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials
  • Practice \"Universal Precautions\" at all times
  • Report hazards and unsafe practices to supervisor
  • Keep abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.
  • Know location of safety information and supplies, and be able to access in response to queries or emergency situations
  • Participate in laboratory disaster preparedness drills

    PERFORM RELATED DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
  • 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

    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 MLSTrainee:
    Accredited Bachelors 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 MLS1:
    Accredited Bachelors 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 and automation experience

    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.
  • The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-###-#### / 206-###-#### (tty) or ...@uw.edu.


    Associated topics: blood collection, medical, medical lab science, microbiology, sample collection, surgical technologist, technician iii, technologist, testing, toxicology


    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.