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 MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 2. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) 2 will perform clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level and may include all facets of pretransfusion testing using both automated and manual methods, routine and complex antibody identification, component preparation, unit confirmation testing, shipping and receiving units and tissue, and sample processing, information processing, and quality control. Responsibilities may also include responding to trauma codes and delivery of blood products to bedside. The MLS2 also provides direction to laboratory staff and students and perform administrative functions. This position will act as resource to Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 and Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainees in quality control and troubleshooting of instruments and procedures.This position is open to current department employees only.RESPONSIBILITIES:Technical Quality of WorkPerform 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 testsServe as a resource for other staff in performance of testingWork with attention to detail and with critical review to avoid errorsUse job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding acceptability of test results and donor compatibility for transfusionInvestigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; follow procedures for reporting and documenting to assure quality and timeliness of patient resultsTake appropriate action on critical, abnormal or unusual results Follow hospital procedures for communication of critical results to the appropriate health care providerQuantity of WorkComplete lab procedures or other projects within defined time limitsSimultaneously coordinate multiple procedures and/or projects with accuracyPrioritize workload in response to STAT requests or urgent laboratory needsEfficiently organize and track projects to meet completion deadlinesTeamwork/Enable Laboratory OperationsUse work time effectivelyDemonstrate positive leadership skills such as empathy, creativity and fairnessProvide initial technical and administrative assistance to resolve issues and problems within the laboratoryProvide oversight to laboratory when assignedMaintain awareness of needs within the lab, such as heavy workload on benches or special projects to be completed, and take initiative to assist in the completion of those tasksPromote understanding and support for divisional and departmental policies.Assist lead technologist in monitoring workflow and distributing resources to meet the needs of the laboratoryDisplay leadership and flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedulesActively participate in problem solving and contribute expertise to quality improvement activitiesShare responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call and call-back needs of the laboratoryMaintain a neat, clean and efficient work area including cleaning benches and equipment and replenishing suppliesInventory supply stock and submit supply orders for approvalQuality Assurance ActivitiesAct as a resource to other staff for quality assurance issuesPerform, interpret and document daily quality controlAssist in monitoring daily QC data and make judgments concerning accuracy, reproducibility and validity of laboratory methodEvaluate and document monthly quality control statistics Institute and document corrective action when QC results exceed tolerance limitsVerify acceptability of QC prior to reporting any patient valuesFollow maintenance protocols for all instruments, and document appropriatelyMonitor QA indicators on instruments and institute corrective action as neededDocument other laboratory or specimen issues and problems appropriatelyInstrumentation/Computer SkillsExercise expertise in operation of a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzersPerform and assist in monitoring calibration, QC and maintenance protocols for instruments as assignedAct as a resource for other staff regarding instrument or computer issues.Maintain excellent troubleshooting and corrective maintenance skills on all instruments. Appropriately document problems and notify lead technologist of instrument issuesExhibit strong working knowledge of laboratory information system softwareEffectively utilize computer systems, including statistical software, to perform work duties and training activitiesTeaching SkillsProvide effective orientation and training for medical technology students, new employees or othersAct as a resource to staff and students during trainingComplete necessary schedules, paperwork and training documents for studentsOversee training activities and review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirementsPrepare and maintain slides and other teaching materials necessary for trainingProvide performance feedback and reviews to medical technology students as requiredProvide feedback to lead technologist, manager or Medical Technology faculty on performance of traineesCommunication/Customer ServiceRepresent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratoryDemonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skillsCommunicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writingMaintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initialsJob Knowledge/Professional GrowthDemonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory and physiological importance of each testMaintain competency and keep job knowledge currentAttend inservices and continuing education opportunities as availableMaintain Safe Working HabitsExercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials Practice "Universal Precautions" at all timesReport hazards and unsafe practices to supervisorKeep abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.Perform role of Floor Warden during fire alarms and other disaster situationsKnow location of safety information and supplies, and be able to access in response to queries or emergency situationsParticipate in laboratory disaster preparedness drillsPerform Related Duties as AssignedPerform, document and report results on CAP and other proficiency testing materialsMake and verify quality of reagentsAssist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assignedPerform administrative duties, special projects and related duties as assignedMay be required to perform venipuncturesMay be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing
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