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 part-time, temporary/hourly, day shift, CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 1. The Clinical Laboratory Technician performs the pre-analytic laboratory procedures of specimen collection and specimen processing. This involves interpreting provider test orders, prioritizing specimen handling based on specimen type and clinical urgency, monitoring requisitions and labels for accuracy and investigating/documenting errors and incomplete orders. This individual will extract DNA, operate molecular laboratory equipment, and enter data. Additionally, the person in this role will maintain a clean work area and validate results if necessary.
Collects blood specimens from patients of all ages, either venous or capillary collections, gives them directions on how to collect non-blood specimens and may perform point-of care-testing and quality control procedures
Handles telephone inquiries from staff and providers
Represents the Department of Laboratory Medicine and UW Medicine and plays an important role in promoting our mission, values and goal of service excellence and patient safety
Performs work accurately and precisely and can organize the workload to meet the service demands, calmly and efficiently
Performs phlebotomy on adult and pediatric patients and can easily draw between 25 and 35 patients a day
Performs point of care testing on patients accurately and efficiently, providing them results prior to their appointment with their provider
Uses excellent customer service skills, follows AIDET, and UW Medicine Service Culture Guidelines
Prepares and processes specimens for transport or testing, including data entry
Exhibits a working knowledge of the lab information systems, including Sunquest and EPIC, and can problem solve ordering errors of both systems
Appropriately notifies lead tech or supervisor if a problem or issue arises where assistance is necessary
Maintains a congenial and professional working relationship with co-workers, clinical technologists, and supervisors
May need to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service demands, i.e. UWMC-Roosevelt, Summit Cardiology, Hall Health Labs
Participates in demonstrating and training routine phlebotomy and other laboratory techniques to students and new employees
Performs related duties as assigned
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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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
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.