1+ months

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD

Req #: 174400
Department: LABORATORY MEDICINE
Job Location: Harborview Medical Center
Posting Date: 01/15/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $5,594 - $8,246 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 

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 MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Lead 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 and tissue, sample processing, information processing, and quality control. Responsibility may also include responding to trauma codes, and delivery and facilitation of blood products to the bedside. This position also includes training of students and new employees in the performance of such testing. The MLS Lead is responsible for daily operations in clinical Transfusion Service laboratory. They regularly assign, instruct and check the work of others. In conjunction with manager, the MLS Lead provides direction, training and leadership for staff; develop and evaluate new methodologies and procedures; and write, review and revise technical procedures.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

TECHNICAL QUALITY OF WORK
  • Perform and oversee testing of blood, and blood products in the transfusion service laboratories. Assigned areas may include pretransfusion testing, routine and complex antibody identification procedures, and component preparation
  • Review and evaluate test results; use expert job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding acceptability of results and donor compatibility for transfusion
  • Develop and evaluate new processes, methods, reagents, or instrumentation in conjunction with manager and faculty
  • Work with attention to detail and with critical review to avoid errors.
  • Correlate abnormal results with pathologic and physiologic states to determine validity and reasonableness of data
  • Identify the technical, instrumental or physiologic cause of abnormal results or problems
  • Serve as a resource for other personnel in investigating and solving problems
  • Take appropriate action on critical, abnormal or unusual results
  • As needed, consult with faculty, residents or patient care providers concerning unusual results

    TEAMWORK/ENABLE LABORATORY OPERATIONS
  • Provide leadership and oversight to section
  • Demonstrate positive leadership skills such as empathy, creativity and fairness
  • Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of staff and students
  • Establish priorities in daily work to be done in section
  • Monitor workflow and distribute resources to meet the needs of the laboratory; consult with manager about staffing requirements
  • Promote understanding and support for divisional and departmental policies
  • Display leadership and flexibility in adapting to new routines and modifications of work assignments and schedules
  • Actively model and encourage staff participation in problem solving and quality improvement activities
  • Share responsibility for emergency coverage, overtime, on-call and call-back needs of the laboratory
  • Inventory supplies and consumables and submit orders for approval. May assist in negotiation of prices and arranging of standing orders, service contracts and capital equipment purchases

    QUALITY ASSURANCE ACTIVITIES
  • Oversee quality assurance activities within the section, including QC and instrument maintenance
  • Maintain laboratory procedures, including writing new procedures and revising existing procedures under the direction of faculty and manager
  • Review quality assurance reports to confirm standards of care are being met
  • Review quality control reports on a regular basis to detect shifts or tends indicating potential problems, and institute corrective action before major problems develop
  • Document, report and review results on CAP and other proficiency testing materials
  • In conjunction with manager, be responsible for assessing, initiation, maintaining and monitoring compliance with CAP and JCAHO regulations within the section

    INSTRUMENTATION/COMPUTER SKILLS
  • Exercise expertise in operation and troubleshooting of a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzers
  • Perform or oversee calibration, QC and preventive maintenance activities of staff members and instrument repair technicians
  • Effectively utilize supervisory functions in laboratory information system software
  • Effectively utilize computer systems, including email and statistical software, to perform work duties and training activities
  • Assure instrument and computer interface QA requirements are fulfilled
  • Work with department computer staff on computer-related changes and problems
  • Keep manager informed of instrument or computer problems

    TEACHING SKILLS
  • Provide effective orientation and training to new employees or others
  • Provide fair, immediate and private feedback on technical performance issues to individuals
  • Provide feedback to manager on performance of trainees and staff, ongoing personnel competency issues and exceptional employee performance
  • Collaborate with manager to ensure required training and documentation of training is obtained for all staff
  • Oversee new employee training activities and review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirements
  • May teach or delegate teaching of students, in both lab and lecture settings

    COMMUNICATION/CUSTOMER SERVICE
  • Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team
  • Demonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Communicate clearly, directly, and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writing
  • Communicate changes in procedures clearly to all staff and maintain documentation of changes and staff training
  • Facilitate open communication between staff, manager, faculty and support staff
  • Maintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initials

    JOB KNOWLEDGE/PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
  • Maintain advanced level of theoretical and technical expertise for all procedures in assigned section
  • Maintain knowledge of current CAP and JCAHO regulations
  • Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
  • Continue education through departmental seminars, lectures, professional workshops, etc.
  • Attend staff meetings and required trainings as requested
  • Maintain safe working habits
  • Maintain knowledge and consistently practice proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials
  • Provide oversight to ensure staff follows proper safety precautions and practice "Universal Precautions" at all times
  • Recognize and take corrective action to resolve safety hazards, or notify manager or other appropriate personnel
  • Keep abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.
  • Be able to perform role of Floor Warden during fire alarms and other disaster situations
  • Know location of safety information and supplies, and be able to access in response to queries or emergency situations
  • Participate in laboratory disaster preparedness drills
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities delegated or assigned by manager or faculty director, including administrative duties, special projects and related duties as assigned
  • May rotate to other sections and perform duties of a MLS1 or MLS2 when necessary
  • May be required to perform venipunctures
  • May be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing
  • Perform other duties as required

    REQUIREMENTS:
    Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience
    AND
    Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division
    AND
    Three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent

    Desired:  
    Extensive experience in pretransfusion testing, to include complex antibody identification, component preparation, and automation
    Previous lead experience a plus
    Candidates must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    SBB certification a plus

    This position requires a professional certification per the minimum requirements listed above. Please ensure that certification credentials are listed in your profile. An AMT certification is not considered equivalent to ASCP or NCA certification at this time

    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
    Laboratory Medicine staff are considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work in all weather conditions to support patient care activities.
    Must be willing to work nights and rotate weekends and holidays as needed

    This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
  • 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.


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    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-14

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