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Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) - Per Diem
St. Joseph Health | Mission Viejo, California
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Job Description

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Laboratory Supervisor, the Clinical Lab Scientist uses professional knowledge and judgement to perform technical, analytical, clerical and quality assurance functions within laboratory department section(s) as assigned.

Essential Functions:

* Performs various chemical, microscopic, morphologic, microbiological and other tests as assigned, independently, and in accordance with established procedures and policies.
* Evaluates the validity of results obtained; accurately records and reports results.
* Performs quality control, standardization curves, calibration, and equipment maintenance procedures as directed; recognizes and reports problems and documents corrective action.
* Troubleshoot all analyzers for which training was provided.
* Responsible for the completion of all procedures scheduled during the work shift, and for maintaining a clean, neat and organized work area.
* Performs various technical and clerical tasks related to receiving, processing, and/or obtaining specimens for laboratory analysis, taking into consideration the age specific needs of the patient, as required.
* Follows various federal and state laws, regulations, and hospital/department guidelines with respect to licensure, safety, universal precautions, fire and emergency procedures, dress code, attendance, time cards and all other personnel policies.
* Maintains necessary records and prepares various reports, as requested.
* Keeps abreast of advances in the field of Medical Technology and attends continuing education programs as appropriate.
* Assists in maintaining adequate inventory levels of supplies and reagents, as directed.
* Participates in the teaching of trainees who rotate through the division, as assigned.
* Participates in Continuous Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance programs of the department/hospital as requested.
* Provides ongoing oversight and technical guidance to unlicensed laboratory staff, as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

* May rotate or transfer to different areas of the laboratory, and/or work various hours, due to variation in workload, staffing and training needs.
* May be assigned as team leader/lead technologist during periods of time in which supervisory staff are not immediately available.
* Performs all other duties as assigned.

* Demonstrates age-related knowledge within the performance or oversight of phlebotomy procedure.
* Age-specific patient needs that employee is required to understand and meet:
* Additional requirements: Demonstrates age appropriate communication skills for the patient population served.

* Demonstrates age-specific knowledge of test result normal ranges, and is able to evaluate results in light of this knowledge.

Lab, microbiology, histology, blood bank, reference lab and pathology technicians and staff shall have access to a patient's current and historical record of lab test results as necessary to provide ordered lab services. Lab managers may access complete medical record for assessment of patient in relation to laboratory procedure performed. Access to PHI shall be available only when the on duty and working.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology or related science field required.

Experience: Completion of 1-year approved internship program in Medical Technology required.

License / Certification:

* Valid California Clinical Laboratory Science license
* Current CPR (BLS) certificate.

Computer Skills: Basic computer skills and data entry.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

* Ability to effectively use all computer equipment, programs, and instrument interfaces related to operating functions in the division.
* Maintain a positive attitude with changing conditions.
* Requires good written and verbal communications skills to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
* Must be able to work under general supervision.
* Must have a professional and mature demeanor.
* Must be able to work in a fast-paced department and handle multiple tasks, work with interruptions, and deal effectively with confidential information.
* Must be competent in EMR and LIS.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Experience: Three (3) years' experience in multiple laboratory science disciplines as licensed CLS/MT in acute care facility preferred.

Computer Skills: Advanced computer skills.

Environmental Conditions:

* May be exposed to biohazardous, radioactive substances.
* May be exposed to the risk of bloodborne diseases.
* May be exposed to a variety of electro-mechanical hazards.
* May be exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens.
* May be exposed to occasional unpleasant patient or unit elements.

St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) is one of California's most respected medical groups. With over 3,000 employees and 75 locations throughout California, including, Northern California, Orange County, High Desert and Los Angeles County, SJHH has been continually recognized as a leader in quality, customer service and information technology. This kind of success is the result of team work, a commitment to excellence and a strong adherence to the organization's mission, vision and values.

St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

About St. Joseph Health

Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and based in St. Louis, Mo., SSM Health Care (SSMHC) is one of the largest Catholic systems in the country. The system owns, manages and is affiliated with 20 acute care hospitals and three nursing homes in four states: Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Nearly 5,000 affiliated physicians and 23,500 employees work together to provide a wide range of services that are compassionate, holistic and of high quality. SSMHC health-related businesses include information systems, home care, hospice, and support services such as materiel management and clinical engineering. SSMHC also owns an interest in Premier Medical Insurance Group Inc., one of Wisconsin's largest health maintenance organizations.

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