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CommonSpirit Health REFERENCE LAB ASSISTANT in DES MOINES, Iowa

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

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:

Phlebotomy -

  • 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

#MissionCritical

Qualifications

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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Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity 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.

External hires must pass a post offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request . We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CommonSpirit Health participates in E-verify.

Requisition ID 2020-131395

Employment Type Part Time

Department Laboratory Services

Hours Per Pay Period 64

Facility MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Shift Varied

Standard Hours varied

Work Schedule Varies

Location IA-DES MOINES

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