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 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.
UWMC's Laboratory Medicine Department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%) CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 1. This individual will sort and prioritize initial specimens and requests, centrifuge and aliquot appropriate specimen type and quantity as ordered, process data entry of patient information and tests requested, process timed urine collections: add preservatives, measure, aliquot, etc.
Result and review entries for all reference lab testing for HMC, UWMC and SCCA
Assist in manual billing for miscellaneous testing
Prepare result format review for faculty and work directly with faculty for problem resolution
Assist and advise laboratory medicine residents in selection of referral laboratory selection
Exhibit working knowledge of laboratory information system software
Assure quality improvement criteria are met to assure that results in laboratory computer substantially convey the information contained in the referral laboratory report, working closely with faculty to make essential content determinations
Perform work accurately, precisely and meet test completion deadlines through efficient workload organization
Work independently and handle heavy workloads calmly and efficiently
Professionally interact with doctors and nurses regarding laboratory results and interpretation for referral testing
Review and troubleshoot all anomalies in results and/or requests. Resolve as needed
Receive, report, document and notify providers of all life-threatening or critical results as notified by testing laboratory
Assist in development and/or evaluation of new result formats and interfaces as directed
Prepare guidelines and instructions for directing work of processing staff responsible for mailing samples to assure consistency and to maintain sample integrity and appropriate turnaround times
Teach, train and share practical knowledge with processing staff responsible for mailing samples, residents, post-doctoral fellows and new employees
Aware of compliance and billing issues and follow acceptable laboratory policies
Arrive and leave work at proper times
Use sick leave correctly
Perform duties for other members of work group as back up as required
Work assigned schedule, which may include weekends and holidays
Respond to inquiries concerning patient lab values, reference ranges, specimen requirements, procedures, time required for tests
Have a working knowledge of word processing, Excel spread sheets/data bases, facsimile, and scanning software
Troubleshoot problems with referral labs such as excess turnaround times, testing or methodology changes and resolve or refer to faculty and/or supervisors as appropriate
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.
REQUIREMENTS: High school graduation or equivalent AND one year of chemical, clinical, or public health laboratory experience OR completion of a laboratory assistant course approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists OR equivalent education/experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: It will be necessary to work in other departmental locations in order to meet patient service requirements, especially at Harborview Medical Center. In addition, less frequent work effort will be required at other UW School of Medicine locations (e.g., South Lake Union) and Seattle-area healthcare institutions.
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.