1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 180312
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 08/03/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee: $4,769 - $7,034 / MLS 1: $4,963 - $7,316 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Night Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

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 full-time, night shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE.

  • Perform analysis of blood, body fluids, cells, and blood products with accuracy and precision in: chemistry, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, and satellite laboratories
  • 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; take appropriate action on critical, abnormal or unusual results
  • Investigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; follow procedures for reporting and documenting to assure quality and timeliness of patient results
  • Prioritize workload in response to STAT requests; meet test completion deadlines through efficient workload organization
  • Work as a team member - show initiative and cooperation to maintain work flow
  • Communicate between team members to facilitate optimal patient care
  • Display flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedule
  • Share responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime 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
  • Perform and document daily quality control
  • Analyze QC data and make judgments concerning results
  • Verify acceptability of QC prior to reporting any patient values
  • Follow maintenance protocols for all instruments, and document appropriately
  • 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
  • Effectively teach and train medical technology students, new employees or others in theory and performance of laboratory testing
  • Provide adequate supervision of trainees when assigned
  • Provide feedback on trainee's performance as required
  • Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratory
  • 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
  • Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
  • Attend inservices and continuing education opportunities as available
  • 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
  • Perform accurate analysis on CAP and other proficiency testing materials
  • Assist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments
  • 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

    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 MLS Trainee:
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
    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 MLS 1:
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
    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.
    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.

    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
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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

    TThe University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2020-07-02 Expires: 2020-09-03

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