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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 Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee.
Perform patient testing accurately, precisely and meets test completion deadlines through efficient workload organization
Able to work independently and handle heavy workloads calmly and efficiently
Understand, operate, maintain and troubleshoot laboratory equipment including but not limited: chemistry analyzer, slide stainer, hematology analyzer, automated urinalysis system, microscope, hand-held monitoring devices
Perform phlebotomy on adult and pediatric patients
Prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing
Exhibit excellent customer service and teamwork skills
Exhibit working knowledge of laboratory information system software (Sunquest) and EMR (Epic)
Proficient in receiving patients and processing electronic lab orders
Assure quality control requirements are attained
Use knowledge to validate and accept test results
Participate in quality improvement/quality assurance programs
Proficient in problem solving
Knowledgeable of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with bio-hazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and flammable materials
Oversee the work of Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Phlebotomists in the absence of Lead or Medical Laboratory Scientist 2
Professionally interact with doctors and nurses regarding laboratory results and interpretation
Must be able to communicate laboratory status and work well with co-workers, supervisors and faculty
Provide training of new employees or students as delegated by supervisory staff
Monitor laboratory inventory
Make and verify quality of reagents
Flex work schedule as necessary to cover late shifts
May need to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements (R2, Hall Health, UWMC, HMC etc)
Perform other duties as required
This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 (MLS1) or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Requirements for MLS1: Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience AND 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. AND 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.
Requirements for MLS Trainee: Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience AND 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.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.