CommonSpirit Health Lab Assistant in DES MOINES, Iowa
CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.
GENERAL SUMMARY :
May work in various laboratory departments to collect blood specimens from hospital patients, work with microbiology or anatomic pathology specimens, or work independently at remote Patient Service Centers. Creates patient encounters, orders laboratory tests, and prepares specimens for testing. Assists technical personnel in sample log-in, testing workflow, and specimen tracking, as appropriate for patient age including neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric adults.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS :
Accepts specimens and requisitions from external and internal customers utilizing excellent customer service skills.
Identifies patients/specimens using two unique patient identifiers and accurately labels specimen containers.
Correctly registers specimens and logs into Laboratory Information System (LIS) appropriate to department where testing is to be performed as needed, or evaluates specimen adequacy and acceptability and logs into LIS.
Performs specimen processing as needed. For example, proper identification, aliquoting, plate streaking, preparing slides, special handling, and required documentation.
Follows established procedures and policies including infection control and bloodborne pathogens.
Handles chemicals according to established safety protocols.
Meets defined workload productivity standards.Supports and utilizes LEAN principles.
Works proficiently with laboratory information systems and personal computers.
Follows established procedures and policies to obtain optimal test turn-around-times.
Participates in teaching peers.
Handles incoming and outgoing telephone calls utilizing good customer service skills and knowledge of the laboratory.
Follows up on and documents out of range temperatures.
Additional Functions As Needed:
Accurately and efficiently performs venipunctures, and finger sticks ensuring collection of proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.
Prepares specimens for testing.
Reference Lab -Patient Service Centers
Accurately and efficiently performs venipunctures, heel sticks and finger sticks ensuring collection of proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.
May drive to patient service centers to perform phlebotomy services as needed.
Reference Lab-Resolution/Send outs
Resolves problem specimens/orders for laboratory staff and clients
Mayo send outs batching and packaging
Completes add on requests
Scanning of requisitions
Atlas Queue management
Standing and Future order entry
Core Lab, Microbiology and WDM Lab
Performs limited testing under supervision of technical staff.
Performs instrument maintenance according to established protocols.
Assists in gross room.
Prepares area and assists pathologists for frozen section testing.
Distribution/filing of slides and blocks.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED :
High school diploma or GED required.
Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within 3 months of hire.
Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory experience preferred.
Computer skills required
For Reference Lab: valid Iowa driver’s license required. Must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and be at least 18 years of age.
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Requisition ID 2021-181290
Employment Type Per Diem
Department Laboratory Services
Standard Hours Monday Wednesday Friday (5:00pm - 9:00pm)
Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
Location IA-DES MOINES
Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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