LEAD SEROLOGIST (MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD)
February 22, 2018
63252.00 - 93240.00
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
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 currently 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.
The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a LEAD SEROLOGIST (MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST LEAD). The person in this role will perform clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level and may include all facets of pretransfusion testing using both automated and manual methods, routine and complex antibody identification, unit confirmation testing, shipping and receiving units and tissue, and sample processing, information processing, and quality control. Provide educational coordination of MLS and SBB students, medical students, clinical resident and fellows. Participate in training of new staff members in conjunction with MLS Lead – Training. Responsible for immunohematology testing and coordination of care of patients with complex immunohematology work ups and transfusion needs in the Transfusion Service Laboratory. Assign work, review and provide feedback regarding testing performed by others. Lead the professional technical work related to immunohematology testing performed by Medical Lab Scientist. In conjunction with manager and MLS Leads, provides direction, training and leadership for staff; develop and evaluate new methodologies and procedures; and write, review and revise technical procedures.
General Job Duties:
Technical Quality of Work:
Perform and oversee testing of blood, and blood products in the transfusion service laboratories for routine and complex immunohematology testing.
Assigned areas will include pretransfusion testing, routine and complex antibody identification procedure and exceptionally, component preparation.
Serve as a resource for other personnel in investigating and solving complex serologic problems. Perform pretransfusion testing including advance serologic techniques (such as absorption), Evaluate and provide recommendations for the investigation of immune mediated hemolysis (autoimmune hemolytic anemia, hyperhemolysis, drug mediated hemolysis, hemolytic disease of the fetus and the newborn, hemolytic transfusion reactions, and other forms of hemolysis) Provides guidance for the serologic investigation and transfusion support for patients with special transfusion needs, such as patients with hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and other), bone marrow transplant, or other conditions. Monitor and ensure availability of appropriate blood components to support patients with hemoglobinopathies and other complex needs Develop and evaluate new test methods, reagents, or instrumentation in conjunction with management, technical staff and faculty. Identify the technical, instrumental or physiologic cause of abnormal results or problems. Serve as a resource for other personnel in investigating and solving complex serologic problems. Consult with faculty, residents or patient care providers concerning unusual test results.
Teamwork / Laboratory Testing:
Provide leadership and oversight to for the immunohematology section. Evaluate and document the performance of post-doctoral fellows, residents, students during educational rotations. Act as a role model for cGMP and document and investigate any known deviations from standard operating procedures or regulatory requirements Demonstrate positive leadership skills such as empathy, creativity and fairness. Regularly assign, instruct and monitors serologic work of students. Facilitate and monitor completion of projects related to serologic testing in coordination with the management team Actively model and encourage staff participation in problem solving and quality improvement activities. May provide input to the management team in the hiring and evaluation of employees; provide mentoring and immediate feedback to staff and recommend disciplinary action to the manager if indicated. Work in collaboration with other MLS Leads to monitor inventory supplies and consumables and submit orders for approval. Assist in negotiation of prices and arranging standing orders, service contracts and capital equipment purchases.
Quality Assurance Activities:
Perform and document all quality assurance activities, including QC and instrument maintenance Ensure instruments, equipment and reagents are not utilized when the required quality control and/or maintenance is not complete as per departmental policy and accreditation and regulatory agencies. Verify completion and accuracy of QC prior to reporting test results May assist with documenting, reviewing and reporting results to CAP and other proficiency testing materials in conjunction with department manager and MLS Lead - Training Work in conjunction with the laboratory management team to ensure regulatory compliance within the department in the assigned work area to include CAP, FDA, The Joint Commission and AABB as applicable. , Document specimen and testing issues appropriately.
Instrumentation / Computer Skills:
Operate and troubleshoot all equipment and instruments as specified by standard operating procedures and manufacturers Effectively utilize lead the laboratory information system software. Effectively utilize computer systems, including email to perform work duties Assure instrument and computer interface QA requirements are fulfilled. Keep manager informed of instrument or computer problems.
Teaching Skills/Immunohematology testing
Provide effective basic and advance serologic testing training to new employees or others as assigned. Provide fair, immediate and private feedback on technical performance issues to other staff members. Provide feedback to manager on performance of trainees and staff, ongoing personnel competency issues and exceptional employee performance. Collaborate with manager and MLS Lead – Training to ensure required training and documentation of training is obtained for all staff. Leads and coordinates the educational activities of MLS and SBB students, and laboratory staff in both lab and lecture settings Actively participates in the scheduling and development of educational activities in the MLS immunohematology program Mentoring of SBB and MLS students on new test development and research activities Recommend educational programs as indicated for the further development of staff in complex immunohematology testing
Communication / Customer Service
Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team. Demonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skills. Communicate clearly, directly and on timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writing. Facilitate open communication between staff, manager, faculty and support staff. Maintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initials as per cGMP and department requirements.
Job Knowledge / Professional Growth:
Maintain advanced level of theoretical and technical expertise for basic and advanced serologic testing Recognize and develop new testing methodologies for special clinical situations, such as in the case of drug interference. Maintain knowledge of current FDA, AABB, CAP and JCAHO regulations as applicable Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current. Continue education through departmental seminars, lectures, professional workshops, etc. Attend staff meetings and required trainings as requested.
Maintain safe working habits:
Maintain knowledge and consistently practice proper precautions when dealing with biohazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials. Provide oversight to ensure staff follows proper safety precautions and practice "Universal Precautions" at all times. Recognize and take corrective action to resolve safety hazards, or notify manager or other appropriate personnel. Keep abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc. Be able to perform role of Floor Warden during fire alarms and other disaster situations. Know location of safety information and supplies, and be able to access in response to queries or emergency situations. Participate in laboratory disaster preparedness drills.
Perform related duties as assigned:
Perform additional duties and responsibilities delegated or assigned by manager or faculty director, including administrative duties, special projects and related duties as assigned. May be required to prepare and process samples for transport and/or testing.
Perform other duties as required.
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience, AND Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, AND three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent.
Additional Requirements: Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division
Minimum five years of serology experience.
Extensive experience in pretransfusion testing, to include complex antibody identification, test development and validation, component preparation, and automation.
Previous lead experience.
Candidates must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Internal Number: 153664
About UW Medicine
The Department of Laboratory Medicine department at UW 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.