The Clinical Laboratory Scientist is responsible for obtaining specimens for laboratory testing and performing laboratory tests at a highly complex level on various instruments that include hematological, blood banking, chemical, microscopic, or microbiology examinations. An acceptable level of performance is maintained throughout all aspects of Pre-Analytical, Analytical and Post-Analytical processes. Has competency in quality systems, provides orientation and evaluation of new personnel, has knowledge of patient's unique needs in all age groups, and has the ability to communicate effectively. Shows ability to work with a minimum of supervision. Uses good technique consistently. Assists in the overall efficiency of the office by performing other duties as needed for patient care as directed by clinic manager.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Obtains blood specimens using correct technique, labels legibly and completely. Properly processes laboratory requisitions and specimens.
Ability to function in all areas of the clinical laboratory: blood bank, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and serology/immunology.
Responsible for performing high-complexity testing.
Alters or adjusts methods and procedures for the neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
Sets up laboratory instruments; performs and assesses quality control studies; maintains and repairs laboratory instruments, centrifuges, and microscopes with appropriate documentation. Performs quality control procedures and instrument checks
Assures remedial action whenever test systems deviate from established expectations, ensuring that patient test results are not released until corrections are made.
Can work independently and trouble shoot systems and methods for problems resolution. Consuls section supervisor, supervisor, or lab manager at appropriate times for assistance or notification of issues.
Demonstrates knowledge of expected lab values for the neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
Notifies patient care unit and/or physician of critical lab values.
Maintains accurate laboratory records on procedures performed for statistics and billing.
Meets current documentation standards and policies.
Interacts professionally with the manager, supervisor, and section supervisors, of Clinical Laboratory, Pathologist and clinical laboratory personnel.
Consults with other departments to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Follows standard precautions at all times.
Manages and operates laboratory equipment safely and correctly.
Demonstrates knowledge of new testing methods, products, instrumentation; remains informed on all current technologies.
Maintains current knowledge of hospital policy, CLIA, CAP, JCAHO, state and other regulatory requirements.
Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
Demonstrates the value of team concept on a consistent basis.
Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work within designated time.
Wears identification while on duty; uses computerized punch time system correctly.
Completes inservices and returns in a timely fashion.
Attends annual review and departmental inservices, as scheduled.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.
Registration as Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technologist with one-year experience in highly complex methods is preferred.
Montana license as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist required.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees.Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ and ‘confidence’.Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to o...ur commitment: good care one can put faith in.Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.