Altru Health System

Medical Laboratory Scientist Hospital (MLS/MT)

Grand Forks, ND
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Sep 30, 2020
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The Medical Laboratory Scientist demonstrates critical thinking skills and independent judgment. The MLS understands the underlying scientific principles and technical elements of laboratory testing and result interpretation, as well as technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes. The MLS is capable of performing and interpreting waived, moderate, and high complexity testing, and possesses skills to perform routine phlebotomy for patients of all age groups. The MLS interprets quality control values, troubleshoots and resolves QC failures, participates in additional quality assurance activities, and operates and maintains laboratory instrumentation. The MLS recognizes procedural and technical problems, troubleshoots and takes corrective action, and notifies Supervisor/Manager/Laboratory Medical Director as appropriate.

Essential Job Functions
  • According to standard operating procedure: demonstrates knowledge of criteria to interpret acceptability of specimens received for testing, communicates correct specimen collection, transportation requirements, and specimen unacceptability issues to caregiver assuring that document id is completed, maintains clear and concise specimen identification throughout the entire analytical process.
  • Utilizes all available technologies to record and retrieve data in the daily work flow following standard operating procedure.
  • Performs, interprets, and reports tests for which the individual has been validated according to standard operating procedures. Demonstrates knowledge and skills to interpret the various clinical presentations of disease and technical elements of testing. Applies such knowledge in conjunction with the laboratory test findings to affect a timely and accurate diagnostic result.
  • Organizes and prioritizes workload to maximize individual and departmental productivity. Ensures workload completion according to established guidelines. Performs simultaneous tasks, assists other staff with work related activities, and communicates with appropriate individuals as necessary.
  • Interprets QC values. Investigates and troubleshoots QC failures according to predetermined criteria. Notifies the next level of authority as necessary and documents all action taken. Participates in additional Quality Assurance activities as assigned.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of laboratory instrumentation sufficient to operate, maintain, and perform limited repairs. Recognizes the need for major repair or replacement. Documents maintenance and repair activities.
  • Recognizes procedural or technical problems, troubleshoots and exercises initiative and independent judgment in taking corrective action. Documents problems and all corrective action taken and notifies Manager/Pathologist/Supervisor as appropriate of problems in a timely manner.
  • Remains accessible to Lab staff by providing on-site consultation to resolve technical problems in accordance with policies and procedures established.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
  • Demonstrates understanding and follows infection control policies and procedures according to standard operating procedure.
  • Maintains requirements for age specific competencies for the position and demonstrates the knowledge or principles of growth and developments and the skills necessary to provide patient/customer care/services.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of and compliance with:
  • All pertinent safety, health and environmental policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Working safely, without causing harm or risk to self, others or property.
  • The work environment safety procedures and prompt reporting of unsafe practices, procedures, accidents, injuries or other safety violations to the Leader.
  • The use of all safety equipment and personal protective equipment.

License, Certification & Registration
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), American Society for Clinical Pathology, Within 12 Months of Start Date
  • Clinical Lab Scientist, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Within 12 Months of Start Date
  • Medical Technologist, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Within 12 Months of Start Date
  • Licensed by a governing board in healthcare, North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice, Prior to Start Date

May be certified in one of the options.

ND License required before starting - provisional license is acceptable.

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