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University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 179359
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake
Posting Date: 05/20/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: MLS Trainee: $4,675 - $6,896 / MLS 1: $4,866 - $7,173 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Limited Recruitment: Open to Department employees only
If you are a UW employee and would like to be considered for this position, please login to your UW employee profile to apply.
Shift: First 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, first shift MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST 1 OR TRAINEE. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) performs 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, tissue and sample processing, information processing, and quality control. May also include responding to trauma codes and delivery and facilitation of blood products to the bedside. Position also includes training of students and new employees in the performance of such testing. May also include participation in special projects as needed.

  • Perform analysis of blood and blood products with accuracy and precision in the transfusion service laboratories
  • Use job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding the acceptability of test results and donor compatibility for transfusion
  • Investigate and solve problems involving specimen collection or handling; follow procedures for reporting and documenting to assure quality and timeliness of patient results
  • Take appropriate action on critical, abnormal, or unusual results
  • Simultaneously coordinate multiple procedures with accuracy
  • 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
  • Maintain awareness of needs within the lab, such as heavy workload on benches or special projects to be completed, and assist in the completion of those tasks
  • Display flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedule
  • Share responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call 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
  • Institute and document corrective action when QC results exceed tolerance limits
  • Verify acceptability of QC prior to reporting any patient values
  • Follow maintenance protocols for all instruments, and document appropriately
  • Document other laboratory or specimen issues and problems 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
  • Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team, including other divisions of the laboratory
  • Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
  • Attend inservices and continuing education opportunities as available
  • Maintain safe working habits
  • Perform accurate analysis on CAP and other proficiency testing materials
  • Make and verify quality of reagents
  • Assist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assigned
  • 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, or respond to trauma codes or deliver blood to the bedside
  • Perform related duties as assigned

    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.

    Two years experience in all aspects of pretransfusion testing in an acute care environment.
    Automation experience preferred

    Conditions of Employment:
    Employees working in Laboratory Medicine may be required to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, i.e. UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Roosevelt, Rosen, etc.
  • 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.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 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.

    Open to Department employees only If you are a UW employee and would like to be considered for this position, please login to your UW employee profile to apply.


    Posted: 2020-05-21 Expires: 2020-06-20

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