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Clinical Lab Scientist
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Valor Health | Emmett, ID
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Job Description

Position Title: Clinical or Medical Laboratory Scientist

Department: Laboratory

Supervisor's Title: Laboratory Manager

I Position Summary: Performs a variety of diagnostic test procedures and related duties

maintaining all required records, reports, statistics, logs and files following established standards and

practices in the areas of Hematology, Chemistry, Immunology, Immunohematology and Microbiology to

obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Collects blood specimens for analysis.

Performs Electrocardiography (ECG) examinations.

II. Principal Functions and Responsibilities:

A. Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance

program, safety, environmental and infection control standards. Complies with requirements of

accreditation and regulatory agencies.

B. Plans, organizes and prioritizes work duties to accomplish daily objectives. Complies with

established standards and practices/procedures.

C. Follows strict principles of asepsis and antisepsis in performing duties. Uses proper

techniques and equipment.

D. Obtains blood specimens, venous capillary and arterial.

E. Assures proper functioning and cleanliness of equipment and work area.

F. Identifies and labels all specimens received/collected.

G. Tests and Procedures:

1. Performs tests and procedures as ordered/requisitioned, following outlines in

procedure manual(s). Prepares specimens for analysis according to specifications for the

procedure. Performs quality control procedures. Does proficiency testing. Discards

specimens after test or stores for future reference as directed by procedure. Record, report,

post test results/findings as required. Files, sends faxes, mails and/or calls in reports as

required. Maintain accession/charge log.

2. Hematology: Performs the routine procedures on specimens using specialized

laboratory equipment as indicted. Procedures include cell counts, hemoglobin

measurements, interpret cell morphology slides, indices calculations, manual cell counts,

sedimentation rate preparations and coagulation studies and related procedures. Quality

control is performed and recorded.

3. Chemistry: Performs routine analysis on specimens using specialized laboratory

equipment or manual methods as indicated. Reading of analyzers is logged on worksheets

or filed appropriately. Quality control is performed and recorded. Routine urinalysis is


4. Immunology: Performs routine serological tests to determine the presence of

antibodies/antigens using manual methods as indicated. Results are logged on worksheets.

Quality control is performed and recorded.

5. Immunohematology: Performs routine procedures including blood group and type,

antibody screen, compatibility testing and related procedures. Runs reagent controls each

day of use. Document blood inventory daily. Document temperature manually on the

recording graph of the blood bank daily. Orders blood components. Records blood usage.

Prepares blood inventory for shipment. Performs related duties.

6. Microbiology: Performs routine procedures including cultivation, isolation and

identification of bacterial and/or other microorganisms from a variety of clinical specimens.

Performs antibiotic sensitivity testing when indicated. Prepares, examines and interprets

Gram stain smears, wet mount smears and KOH prepared smears. Records results in

workbook. Prepares final reports. Inspects incubator daily and records the temperature on

the graph. Checks media inventory and orders media as necessary. Performs related


7. Electrocardiography (ECG): Performs electro cardio graphic examinations as

ordered. Tests are performed with portable equipment in the laboratory, patient rooms and

the emergency room. Charts completed ECG tracings. Performs indicted cleaning and

maintenance of equipment. Checks supply inventory.

H. Cares for and maintains supplies equipment, facilities and work areas as required/directed.

Notes requests for supplies, equipment, materials, etc. in order notebook and maintain inventories.

Makes minor adjustments and repairs to equipment and apparatus. Calibrates equipment. Alerts

supervisor regarding defective equipment, supplies, materials, etc. Documents maintenance.

Performs cleaning and sanitizing duties as required.

I. Attend in-services and meetings as required.

J. Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops,

conferences, in-service programs, professional affiliations.

K. Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops,

conferences, in-service programs, professional affiliations.

L. The employee will maintain positive and effective relations with co-workers, other

departments, patients and visitors

M. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

III. Position Qualifications/Requirement:

A. Minimum Education: Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school in Medical

Technology (CLS), Microbiology, Chemistry or major related to clinical laboratory science and

practice. Completed Medical Technology (CLS) internship in an approved hospital program.

B. Preferred Minimum Experience and Skills: One year in a clinical laboratory setting is desirable.

C. Certification, Registration or Licensure: Certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical

Technologist by the National Certification Agency for Medical Personnel or the Board of Registry of the

American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

D. Physical Requirements: Sitting and standing while working in a laboratory using a microscope

and other clinical laboratory equipment and computer components, walking, lifting, reaching, hand-eye

coordination, speaking.

E. Working Conditions: Blood borne pathogens: Potential exposure to blood, body fluids or

tissues. Exposed to the danger of infection from disease-bearing specimens. Exposure to odorous

chemicals and specimens. Occasional prolonged standing, moderate amount of stooping and bending,

occasional lifting of not more than 20 pounds. Must be able to work in difficult positions and under

difficult circumstances such as drawing blood from patients in restraints or who are in critical condition or

obtaining ECG tracings on patients undergoing CPR. May be exposed to electrical hazard. Be scheduled

to work long hours, overtime, weekends and holidays.