The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now 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.
Our Laboratory Medicine and Pathology department has an outstanding opportunity for a NIGHT SHIFT, TEMPORARY CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 1 position. The person in this role is responsible for receiving processing and distribution of routine and stat specimens for analytical testing. Operates laboratory equipment, such as centrifuges, incubators, scales and loads specimens onto automated instrumentation (chemistry and hematology automated lines). Participates in performance improvement activities and supports the hospital in meeting JCAHO, CLIA, and CAP accreditation standards. Communicate courteously and clearly with hospital and laboratory staff to resolve problems. Establish and maintain positive attitude toward self, others, and the workplace.
General Job Duties:
Sort and prioritize initial specimens and requests, receive specimens via pneumatic tube system and at the front window.
Match specimens against requisitions for appropriate tube type.
Centrifuge and aliquot appropriate specimen type and quantity as ordered.
Process timed urine collection, add preservatives, measure, aliquot, etc.
Assist in orientation, training and support of new employees.
Refer testing to other laboratories as procedurally necessary.
Maintain complete, accurate and legible records.
Clean work area at least once each shift.
Answer telephones, intercom and window reception in a courteous and professional manner.
Perform computer functions required for completion of tasks.
Responds to inquiries concerning patient lab values, reference ranges, specimen requirements, procedures, time required for tests and preparation of specimens to outside labs for analysis.
Resolve specimen or order-related problems.
Attend division and departmental staff meetings.
Promote and contribute to the development of teamwork in the service and working relationship between the laboratory and other departments.
Completes compliance, safety and other training relevant to job functions as assigned.
Requirements: High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of chemical, clinical, or public health laboratory experience OR completion of laboratory assistant course approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists OR equivalent education/experience.
Associates or bachelor degree in science.
Experience in a major medical hospital laboratory.
Experience with laboratory information system.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally 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 undergraduate 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.