Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist

Fairview Health Services • Minneapolis, MN 55401

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Description

Overview

The Hematopathology department (Flow Cytometry and Special Hematology) located in the Mayo building at University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank has a fulltimeMLS/MT position working 10 hour rotating shifts 8-630 tentatively Tuesday Friday with rotating closing duties as well as ro tating weekends and holidays. H ours and days subject to change depending on workload and laboratory needs.

Testing includes processing, staining, and performing testing using 10 color flow cytometry and Kaluza software. The MLS/MT acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results in the flow cytometry and special heme laboratory. The MLS processes peripheral blood and bone marrow samples, making and staining slides for pathology interpretation, occasionally assisting on a bone marrow sample collection. The MLS/MT works closely with fellows and pathologists to interpret data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) functions independently in performing all major work of professional laboratory practice. A MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. The MLS/MT participates in laboratory performance improvement activities.

Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and prioritize work.

  • Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.
  • Properly verifies patient identity.
  • Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.
  • Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.
  • Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement

Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

  • Acts as a resource for problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.
  • Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.
  • Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.
  • Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.

Evaluates testing results for accuracy and appropriate intervention.

  • Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.
  • Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.
  • Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.
  • Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.
  • Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality

Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

  • Documents deviations and action taken.
  • Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.
  • Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels. Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.
  • Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results and implementing corrective action recommendations.
  • Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.
  • Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.

Orients and mentors new employees and students.

  • Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.
  • Checks work prior to release.
  • Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.
  • Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager.

Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.

Required

  • Bachelors in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA 88.
  • Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP or AMT). HEW certification is also recognized. If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.

Preferred

  • Prefer BS in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology
  • Prior experience working in a Flow Cytometry and/or Special Hematology laboratory

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to work under stress in a variety of situations
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Demonstrate good manual dexterity.



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