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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Health Care Provider
Medical Laboratory Scientist I
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Job Description


This position is responsible for a high level of technical knowledge and application of that knowledge to department testing, clinical relevance, and complex problem solving skills. This position serves as a department resource, and is responsible for assisting with department compliance with all pertinent laboratory accrediting agency and regulatory requirements (e.g., CLIA '88, JCAHO, CAP, OSHA).


* Performs testing in an accurate and timely manner according to established policies and performance standards with a knowledge level determined for that testing. Responsible for start up, calibration and accuracy of procedures and instrumentation. Actively participates in problem solving activities within the department, using advanced level of decision-making skills. Demonstrates advanced knowledge and application of all computer systems used in the department. Demonstrates advanced knowledge and application of theory and clinical relevance testing. Assists in ensuring compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements. Demonstrates ability to assume lead responsibility in absence of on-site departmental leadership personnel.
* Recognizes, ensures validity, and assists in monitoring abnormal patient and/or QC results of testing. Ensures accuracy of test results. Participates in detecting and documenting occurrences that deviate from defined procedures. Recognizes need and participates in department and LSA/SQL System process improvement and quality assurance activities, including assisting with monitoring of department indicators of productivity and quality.
* Monitors and controls inventory and assists in providing financial data for the department. Active participation on process improvements in financial performance to decrease costs, improve productivity and improve service.
* Participates in contributions to additional department/System projects. Active in training of department employees. Actively participates on at least one committee or team or is involved in at least one special project identified with department management. Exhibits awareness of medical/legal consequences of professional actions. Assists in new employee orientation, training and competency. Provides input for competency and annual assessments for employees in appropriate time frames. Completes training module for newly hired/transferred personnel. Self directed. Documents a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education annually, in addition to mandatory topics.
* Acts as a department resource by participating in providing educational information to internal and external customers. Demonstrated advanced level of effective verbal and written communication skills. Attendance and participation at staff meetings. Demonstrates preceptor and coaching skills and promotes a constructive environment that encourages learning and development.


* Bachelor's Degree in clinical laboratory science/medical technology, OR
* Certificate of completion of a Categorical equivalent of MLS program, OR
* Bachelor's Degree in chemical, physical or biological science with MLS or categorical certification.
* Students may be hired at the job title equivalent in clinical laboratory science under the following conditions: Student is enrolled in a clinically recognized program (CLS), student's clinical rotation in the core area must be completed prior to working in that core area and student must complete program within one year of hire.
* Foreign educated candidates must provide a detailed credential evaluation from IERF (International Education Research Foundation) or other nationally recognized credentialing agency.
* For certain specialty disciplines ONLY (Toxicology, etc.) where no certification is available from a certifying agency, a Bachelor's Degree with one year of experience in that discipline is required. Individuals with specialty certification may only work in the discipline of their specialty.


* MT or categorical certification (ASCP, AMT, HEW, AAB).

About Sonora Quest Laboratories

Sonora Quest Laboratories operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing our customers with a comprehensive menu of routine and specialty laboratory tests and services. With the consolidated capabilities of our main testing laboratory, gene-based testing through our cytogenetic division - Palo Verde Laboratory, the hospital laboratories that are managed by our employees through Laboratory Sciences of Arizona, and the additional esoteric capabilities of Quest Diagnostics' Nichols Institute, we are able to offer unequaled convenience in utilizing one laboratory for all diagnostic and prognostic clinical testing needs. We also collaborate with Pathology Specialists of Arizona to support Sonora Quest Laboratories with medical direction and pathology services. Laboratory Sciences of Arizona was formed by an integration of Sonora Laboratory Sciences (now Sonora Quest Laboratories), an independent reference laboratory providing service to the medical community throughout Arizona , and the hospital laboratories of Banner Health. Laboratory Sciences of Arizona is governed via a Board of Directors appointed by Banner Health. The Laboratory Sciences of Arizona Board consists of members of senior management of Banner Health and representatives of Pathology Specialists of Arizona (PSA), our contracted pathology group. Laboratory Sciences of Arizona is an integrated laboratory system managing laboratories in the following facilities: Banner Baywood Medical Center & Banner Heart Hospital - Mesa , Arizona Banner Gateway Medical Center - Gilbert , Arizona Banner Desert Medical Center - Mesa , Arizona Banner Estrella Medical Center - Phoenix , Arizona Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center - Phoenix , Arizona Banner Thunderbird Medical Center - Glendale , Arizona Health Diagnostics Laboratory (HDL) - Phoenix , Arizona Page Hospital - Page, Arizona Sonora Quest Laboratories - Main Laboratory - Tempe , Arizona Sonora Quest Laboratories of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff , Arizona Sonora Quest Laboratories of Tucson - Tucson , Arizona Sonora Quest Laboratories of Tucson provides local laboratory services to Southern Arizona . We offer an extensive local test menu in addition to access to many convenient Patient Service Centers located within the Metropolitan Tucson area, as well as in Sierra Vista and Green Valley . Local Client Service, Warehouse, and Courier Departments are available to serve you. Please contact us at 520.886.8101 or 1.800.266.8101. Sonora Quest Laboratories of Northern Arizona (opening soon) is our latest addition, providing quality laboratory service to the communities of Northern Arizona . Local testing will be performed on many tests, allowing for timely results and improved patient care. Today, you may reach our local Client Service and Courier Departments at 928.774.2837 or 1.800.996.4809. Banner Health, our primary parent company, is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. In the communities served - from Alaska to Arizona - Banner Health has more experience caring for patients than any other organization. Banner Health's mission: We exist to make a difference in people's lives through excellent patient care. Quest Diagnostics, along with Banner Health, is one of the Parent Companies of Sonora Quest Laboratories. Palo Verde Laboratory is a division of Sonora Quest Laboratories. Palo Verde Laboratory performs Cytogenetic Studies for physicians, hospitals, and health care providers on a national basis.