As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally and medically vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The 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, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Medical Center - Laboratory Support Services Department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Medical Laboratory Scientist 1. The selected candidate will perform routine clinical testing in the Hematology/Coagulation Laboratory. Technologist may perform in areas such as routine coagulation, automated cell counts, manual cell counts, differential/morphology, circulating tumor cells, bone marrows, special coagulation, red cell disorder testing, information processing, quality control, blood gas, UA or automated chemistry.
Perform all analysis of blood, body fluids, cells and products with accuracy and precision.
Understand, operate, maintain, troubleshoot and perform corrective maintenance on a variety of laboratory equipment, including sophisticated computerized instruments requiring interpretative knowledge (such as multi-parameter electronic cell counters and automated coagulation analyzers). Complete patient and quality control procedures within defined time limits, simultaneously coordinate multiple procedures with accuracy, prioritize workload in response to urgent requests and work with others to ensure that testing is completed.
Assure the quality and timeliness of patient test results by investigating problems involving specimen collection or handling. Evaluate and solve specimen problems and follow procedures for resulting and documentation.
Understand theory and physiological importance of each test. Correlate abnormal results with pathologic and physiologic states to determine validity and reasonableness of data. Identify the technical, instrumental or physiologic cause of problems (such as patient variables or interfering substances).
Take appropriate action on specimens with critical values, abnormal or unusual results. Document actions and findings as necessary.
Perform and document daily quality control. Evaluate quality control statistics and make judgments concerning accuracy, reproducibility and validity of laboratory method. Institute and document corrective action when quality control results exceed tolerance limits.
Teach and train medical technology students and new employees in theory and performance of laboratory testing. Perform written evaluations of trainees as required.
Be aware of compliance and billing issues and follow acceptable practice. Report any observed or suspected compliance violations to area supervisor or department compliance officer.
Have and exercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patients. Practice "Universal Precautions" at all times.
Adhere to patient rights and maintain confidentiality.
Perform accurate analysis on CAP and other proficiency testing materials when requested.
Make and verify quality of reagents.
Maintain awareness of supply stock and inform lead technologist before they are depleted.
Exhibit working knowledge of laboratory information system software.
Assist in development and/or evaluation of new procedures and instruments as assigned.
May be required to perform venipunctures.
May be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing.
Perform special projects and related duties as required.
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.
A Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology with a curriculum accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association AND certification or eligibility to take examination, with successful completion and certification within one year from date of hire, for certification with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or equivalent, or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division; OR equivalent education/experience.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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.