|Title:||Medical Laboratory Scientist|
|Department:||Laboratory - Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital|
|Job Status:||Full Time|
Medical Lab Scientist
SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.
Under minimal supervision, applies advanced technical skills and seasoned judgment to independently and competently provide a full range of sample test analyses and laboratory services in a hospital-based laboratory. Shift work and night and weekend call are required to provide 24 hour laboratory coverage. Perform all levels of testing including CLIA defined high complexity testing. Works with infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
The work typically involves full responsibility for all technical aspects of the laboratory and includes a wide variety of duties involving diverse and complex technical problems and considerations, i.e. procuring compatible, lifesaving units of blood for a patient with antibodies. Assignments involve such complicating factors as practical, economic or operating problems; inadequate or discrepant information about the use and capabilities of new instruments or methodologies; or requests for modified procedures, test alternative, or special studies to meet specific clinical situation. Decisions directly or indirectly affect the quality of patient care and can be “life or death” decisions or problems. Writes procedures for department of responsibility using the CLSI format, and coordinates procedure manual review, updates and distribution. Establishes a quality control program appropriate for the testing performed in department of responsibility, establishing parameters for acceptable levels of analytical performance, ensuring that these levels are maintained throughout the entire testing process from the initial receipt of specimen through sample analysis and reporting of results. Resolves technical problems and ensures that remedial actions are taken whenever test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications. Ensures that proper training is given to new employees during the orientation period and that regular training is given to all technologists when there are changes in their department. Assists the laboratory manager with evaluating the competency of all testing personnel. Assists the laboratory manager with Process Improvement activities associated with their departments. Understands and assists the laboratory manager with implementing CAP standards and CLIA regulations in their department of responsibility Coordinates inventory levels with laboratory manager to maintain proper supply levels
EDUCATION REQUIRED AND/OR PREFERRED
At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.
We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
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