CommonSpirit Health Lab Assistant in DES MOINES, Iowa
MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.
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.
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 2021-152213
Employment Type Full Time
Department Laboratory Services
Hours / Pay Period 72
Standard Hours three 12hr shifts (5am-530pm)
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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