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 (100%) Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee, alternate work shift. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 1 or Trainee The Medical Laboratory Scientist - MLS 1 or Trainee position is a generalist, trained in Chemistry, Hematology, coagulation, microbiology. MLS1 or Trainee will rotate and maintain competency in all areas where she/he was trained. General Duties:Rotates and maintains competency in all sections where they have beentrained and refers to the procedure when questions arise.Understands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment that requiresinterpretative knowledge. (i.e. blood gas instruments, chemistry analyzers,GCMS, LCMS, Hematology differentials, Immunoassay analyzers, pectrophotometers, etc.). The technologist is able to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting measures.Exhibits a working knowledge of laboratory information system software,middleware, and other relevant software. Accesses and understands thecontent of WIKI procedures and policies and document review.Understands quality control requirements, quality assurance requirements,and follows the procedures and policies to validate test results.Works independently and manages average workloads and will ask for helpwhen falling behind because of heavier than usual workloads. When tasks arecompleted, the technologist helps others and /or works on small projects.Keeps work area clean and organized and returns equipment to appropriatelocation when finished. Keeps records neat, organized and legible. Performs work accurately, precisely and recognizes, corrects, anddocuments errors when they occur.In the absence of a MLS Lead or MLS-II, establishes priorities of workto be done in a section and communicates problems to the following shift.Makes decisions based on written policies and require little assistancein prioritizing own workload when new situations arise.Knows the defined critical limits for all tests, reports them toappropriate medical staff, and documents the information according tolaboratory policy.Assists with evaluation of new tests/equipment and incorporates checkoutsamples into the routine flow of work.Performs inventory in assigned area, unpacks, labels, and puts awaysupplies rotating stock as needed. The MLS 1 communicates to MLS Lead/MLS 2when any item is getting low.Calculates concentrations, prepares, verifies, and documents the makingof reagents, controls, and standards. The MLS 1 checks the new lot ofreagent as needed.Provides training to new employees, medical laboratory scientiststudents, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routineprocedures/policies. Resource to other resource personnel, including Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Specimen Processing Technicians.Attends Lab Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetingsand/or reads scientific journals to ensure continuing education.Receptive to new ideas and procedures and adapts to new routines andschedules as necessary.Participates in departmental efforts to keep a safe environment for allstaff and reports hazards and any unsafe work practices to the supervisor. Provides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout thehospital as required.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.This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.Minimum Requirements:Requirements for MLS 1Accredited 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.Requirements for MLS TraineeAccredited 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.
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