The Acute Care Laboratory at M Health Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton, MN is seeking to hire a full-time Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) into a generalist position. The Northland Laboratory delivers testing for chemistry, hematology, coagulation, blood bank, limited microbiology, and performs inpatient and outpatient collections. This posting is for (1) 1.0 FTE (80 hours/2 week pay period), benefit eligible position covering both day and evening shifts. This MLS/MT will provide patient care while working a mix of eight-hour evening and day shifts, including a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) every 3 weeks, and rotating holiday shifts. Day shifts begin as early as 6am through 9am; evening shifts begin at 1430 or 1530.
Job Summary :
The Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice. An MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. The MLS/MT participates in laboratory performance improvement activities.
Follows Established Guidelines to Obtain Specimens and Prioritize Work
Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.
Properly verifies patient identity.
Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.
Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.
Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement.
Performs a Wide Variety of Complex Diagnostic and Therapeutic Testing
Performs waived, moderate or high complexity testing as defined by CLIA 88.
Functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.
Operates laboratory instrumentation and information systems according to procedure.
Completes specified maintenance on instruments.
Recognizes Problems and Takes Appropriate Measures to Resolve Them.
Acts as a resource for problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.
Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.
Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.
Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.
Evaluates Testing Results for Accuracy and Appropriate Intervention.
Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.
Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.
Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.
Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.
Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).
Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.
Documents deviations and action taken.
Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.
Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels. Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.
Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results, and implementing corrective action recommendations.
Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.
Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.
Orients and Mentors New Employees and Students.
Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.
Checks work prior to release.
Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.
Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager
Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.
Demonstrates Commitment to Customers
Is aware of different customer needs/desires.
Takes action to meet customer needs/desires with respect to customer diversity.
Helps improve processes to meet customer needs.
Suggests and acts on ideas to improve overall customer service.
Respects confidentiality and shares information with only those that need to know
Demonstrates Commitment to Fellow Employees
Seeks to understand and value differences between employees.
Treats other employees with dignity and respect.
Demonstrates open, honest communication and behavior.
Resolves conflict in a positive manner.
Contributes to the productivity of the workgroup.
Demonstrates Commitment to Fairview
Lives the values of dignity, integrity, service, and compassion.
Supports the mission/vision.
Speaks positively about Fairview.
Chooses to make Fairview a better place.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed
Phlebotomy and other specimen collection techniques.
Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions.
Knowledge of cultural differences and culturally appropriate approaches.
Verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
Customer Service standards.
Priority setting skills
Problem solving skills
Working knowledge of instrumentation and ability to take corrective action.
Working knowledge of laboratory information and reporting systems.
Knowledge of safety protocols, ergonomics, and body mechanics.
Knowledge of infection control principles and practices.
Knowledge of emergency and other relevant policies and procedures.
Knowledge of laboratory testing and significance in human physiology.
Knowledge of relevant factors which can influence testing results.
Knowledge of laboratory policies and procedures that are based on CAP, COLA, AABB, FDA Blood Bank regulations and JCAHO standards, as appropriate to the work setting.
Knowledge of quality assurance principles and practices.
Knowledge of learning styles
Ability to assess needs and progress of trainee
Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions
Ability to accept cultural differences
Organization Expectations, as applicable:
Completes all initial and annual required learning relevant to the role.
Complies with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies.
Contributes to a safe work environment.
Bachelor of Science in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA 88.
Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP or AMT). HEW certification is also recognized. If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.
Prefer Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology
Demonstrate the ability to work under stress in a variety of situations
Together with the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Physicians we have created M Health Fairview. M Health Fairview is the newly expanded collaboration among the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services. The healthcare system combines the best of academic and community medicine — expanding access to world-class, breakthrough care through our 10 hospitals and 60 clinics.
Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 10 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area.
Its broad continuum also includes 60 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership ...with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.