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Lab Assistant

Company: Catholic Health Initiative
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Overview

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.

Responsibilities

Job SummaryCollects appropriate samples for testing, including phlebotomy procedures, venous and capillary punctures, and urine collections for medical and legal testing procedures. Work also includes: 1) computer inquiry and entry to maintain patient demographic as well as test ordering details in multiple computer systems in accordance with compliance guidelines; 2) processing and preparing samples for testing at FHS laboratories; and 3) processing, preparing and packaging samples for delivery to testing labs. An incumbent may also provide guidance to new employees/students on department procedures and policies. Work is conducted in accordance with all regulatory accreditation agency requirements.

Work requires: 1) ability to communicate effectively, 2) exemplify customer service and 3) knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment, accessioning, verifying specimens and specimen requirements, and skills in using a laboratory information system.

Some assignments may require out-of-office travel.

Essential Job DutiesPerforms collections to include venipuncture, capillary procedures, and special collections on pediatric and adult inpatient and outpatient populations using safety devices and tools appropriate for the situation. If applicable, performs urine drug screen collection and Breath Alcohol Testing.Perform the urine drug collection and testing according to DOT standards.Provides communications support using established customer service standards.Accesses hospital and lab information system programs to perform ordering, sample labeling, log-in, test cancellation, test add-on, etc. and final disposition into the sample inventory system/storage program.Performs processing duties and prepares samples for testing to include: validating patient identity, labeling, centrifugation, aliquoting, and preserving sample integrity. Test ready samples are delivered for testing or packaged for dispatch following specific guidelines.Completes follow up protocol and maintains audit trail for ambiguous orders or issues to bring resolution to concerns in accordance with department procedures.

Qualifications

Education/Work Experience RequirementsCompletion of a phlebotomy course at a vocational college or equivalent technical school, including completion of a 4-week internship in Phlebotomy in a clinical lab setting; OR equivalent on-the-job training with recent lab experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge/skills/abilities required. Two years of recent related work experience in a clinical laboratory setting, phlebotomy clinic or other Patient Service Center and one year of insurance collection/data entry work experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge and skills/abilities preferred.

Licensure/CertificationCurrent Washington State certification as a Medical Assistant-Phlebotomist, ORCurrent Washington State certification as a Medical Assistant.National registration with ASCP in Phlebotomy preferred.

Keywords: Catholic Health Initiative, Tacoma , Lab Assistant, Other , Tacoma, Washington

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