The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine and pathology. 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.
Our Laboratory Medicine Department and Pathology has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, 100% FTE, Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT) Lead to join the team. The person in this role:
Informs the supervisor of operational status and personnel issues.
Provides leadership to the Specimen Processing Services (SPS) staff.
Performs the work of Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT 1, CLT 2) and assigns, instructs, and reviews the work of others.
Communicates appropriately with staff and customers.
Performs at a technical level on routine laboratory tests and/or laboratory processing and set up work which supports the operations of a clinical laboratory.
Inspires and motivates subordinates by personal motivation, loyalty, enthusiasm and positive attitude towards self, others and the workplace.
At a technical lead level, perform activities associated with venipunctures and capillary blood collection from patients, perform simple qualitative and quantitative testing using point-of-care test (POCT) instruments and testing kits, prepare specimens for laboratory testing and their transportation and performs other laboratory work which supports the operation of a clinical laboratory.
Under general supervision, interacts with electronic health and laboratory computer systems and patients to collect blood, urine, and other similar patient material, performs the tasks in the preparation/setup of specimens for laboratory tests and other laboratory work in support of technologists, faculty and students.
Primary focus is the collection of blood and samples from patients and the pre-analytical handling and processing of patient specimens for diagnostic testing.
Responsible for receiving processing and distribution of routine and stat specimens for analytical testing. Operates laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, incubators, scales and loads specimens onto automated instrumentation (chemistry and hematology automated lines).
Participates in performance improvement activities and supports the hospital in meeting JCAHO, CLIA and CAP accreditation standards. Communicate courteously and clearly with hospital and laboratory staff to resolve problems.
Establish and maintain positive attitude toward patients, patient care providers, self, others and the workplace.
REQUIREMENTS: An Associate Degree from a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredited Medical Laboratory Technician program including courses in chemistry and biology and one year of Clinical Laboratory Technician experience, OR equivalent education/experience.
Associates or bachelor degree in science.
Experience in a major medical hospital laboratory.
Experience with electronic health record (EHRs) information systems.
Experience with laboratory information system (LIS).
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.