The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically-vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
Laboratory Medicine at University of Washington Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, Medical Laboratory Scientist Lead. The MLS Lead provides high level support for the performance of high complexity procedures within the molecular microbiology section of the clinical laboratory. The MLS Lead provides direction to Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 (MLS1), Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 (MLS2) and Clinical Laboratory Technician 1 (CLT1) and participates in development and evaluation of new procedures. MLS Lead performs administrative duties such as reviews cases and oversees the Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Instrument Maintenance, Procedures, Competency Assessment, Training, Scheduling of MLS staff and MLS students and helps manager in recruitment of new employees. The MLS Lead assumes responsibility for a section in the absence of the Manager.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Maintain theoretical, technical and administrative expertise for all procedures and duties within assigned section, and completes all tasks associated within their assigned section efficiently and accurately. The lead contributes to the development of training logs for all of the tests performed in the section.
Provide daily leadership in the assigned section and communicate with the staff, manager and directors regarding important issues relating to the assigned section as needed.
Continue education by attending Lab Medicine related seminars, in-services, staff meetings and/or by reading scientific journals, and participating in CAP proficiency surveys.
Quality Control: The lead knows CAP and JCAHO regulations and is responsible for assessing, initiating, and monitoring the compliance within the section and/or laboratory. Review QC of the section at least weekly or as appropriate. Use good judgment to determine when QC indicates assay performance requires troubleshooting and takes appropriate action and informs faculty and manager of significant issues. Initiate and oversee all aspects of Quality Assurance within the section including QC, maintenance documentation, procedure writing, review/update, etc.
Decisions are based on written policies and little assistance is acquired in prioritizing own workload when new situations arise.
With delegated authority, the lead, in the absence of the manager or laboratory director, represents the laboratory and can formulate independent decisions (ex's. include monitoring daily staffing and reassigning personnel if necessary; reviewing and signing time cards; and authorizing overtime.)
Instruct new employees, medical technology students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with them.
Have the authority to instruct, schedule work and check for competency of all MLS1 and MLS2s in the Molecular Microbiology section.
Lead will be responsible for daily bench assignments based on the personnel availability and level of training. Lead will monitor daily workflow during midday huddle, and based on the situation may reassign tasks. Lead is also responsible for reviewing paper case reports along with another reviewer. Based on the findings of this review, Lead may decide to send it back to a MLS1 or MLS2 for further work up. Lead is responsible for making sure that the section has all the reagents for day to day work and makes sure that quality is checked before they are put into use. Lead will also coordinate development of new tests in the lab.
Other duties as assigned.
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience.
Medial Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent, or certification with a specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division.
Three years of professional experience including one year as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 or equivalent.
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