Medical Laboratory Scientist
at Salem Clinic

Date Posted: 5/23/2018

Job Description

Primary duties and responsibilities focus on performing routine clinical laboratory testing to include pre-analytical, analytical, post-analytical and general activities to support patient care. Position functions as a generalist in chemistry, coagulation, hematology, blood bank, microbiology and urinalysis.



Essential Functions: 


1.      Perform analysis of blood and other body fluids in all licensed areas of the laboratory through manual testing and automated instrumentation. Requires extended periods of standing and/or sitting.


2.      Prepare reagents, stains, and other supplies as needed through application of standard laboratory technique. Requires good visual acuity, hand-eye coordination, ability to manually pipette liquids.


3.      Perform routine, scheduled instrument maintenance; able to troubleshoot and resolve instrument(s) malfunctions.


4.      Supports documentation and reporting of problems to allow for tracking, trending and corrective action as monitored by Laboratory Services Quality Assurance program.


5.      Reviews and reports laboratory results; manages abnormal and critical values in a manner to support timely patient care and compliance with state and federal laboratory regulations.


6.      Interpret patient results within defined parameters and manufacturer’s stated guidelines.


7.      Performs testing, record and report patient results via manual reports and/or Laboratory Information System through use of computer keyboard, monitor, and working knowledge of LIS software.


8.      Manages documentation, processing and tracking of referral testing and results.


9.      Able to provide technical guidance to laboratory assistants in support of both pre-analytical and analytical testing processes.


10.  Supports training and competency assessment for assigned staff.


11.  Adheres to all local, state and federal regulatory guidelines to assure quality laboratory testing.



Other Duties: 


1.      Other duties as requested by Director of Laboratory Services.


2.      Participates in scheduled meetings and actively supports projects and assignments.


3.      Provide guidance/ serve as resource for laboratory assistants.


4.      Ability to direct routine testing and support problem resolution in the absence of the Director of  Laboratory Services.


5.      Assists with phlebotomy activities when requested.

Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 


1.      This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a biological, physical, chemical science, or Medical Technology.


2.      Certification as a medical technologist or equivalent (e.g., ASCP, Clinical Laboratory Scientist).


3.      Skills and knowledge to support performing a full range of laboratory testing in a highly complex testing environment. .


4.      Ability to interpret quality control results and take corrective action as needed.


5.      Ability to accurately perform laboratory testing at a pace to support prescribed turnaround times.


6.      Ability to work independently; recognize problems and take action. Actively communicate problems/ suggested resolution to Director of Laboratory Services/ Vendor representative, etc.


7.      Ability to operate testing instrumentation, including use of the Laboratory Information System (LIS).


8.      Ability to work all shifts, regardless of the day of the week.


9.      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, staff, physicians, and the public.


10.  Assists with the management of supply and reagent inventory to support timely patient care.



Preferred Qualifications: 


1.      MLS(ASCP) or CLS(NCA) Certification.


2.      2-3 years experience working in a clinical laboratory performing high complexity testing.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Founded in 1925, Salem Clinic is deeply rooted in the Salem and Keizer medical communities. We have steadily grown from a three physician practice to one that includes over ninety healthcare providers and 500 staff members. Our multi-specialty group practice design benefits patients through every phase of life. Our physicians represent family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, urgent care and hospital medicine.

Our five convenient locations bring healthcare close to home for our patients. In addition to our primary care physicians and specialists, Salem Clinic also maintains a full service laboratory with a robust testing menu and an imaging department with highly skilled technologists. The Clinic’s ancillary testing capabilities include general x-ray, bone densitometry, CT, MRI, ultrasound, echocardiography, mammography, EKG, nuclear medicine and all varieties of blood, urine and other specimen collection and testing.

The large multi-specialty group practice setting enables Salem Clinic to provide patients with truly comprehensive care. We are large enough to have the resources to be on the cutting edge of technology and care models and small enough that every individual staff member can be heard and can affect change.

Salem Clinic staff and physicians are held high standards for customer service and teamwork creating a professional and friendly work environment for all to enjoy!

Are you interested in joining our team? We are looking for customer service oriented persons who enjoy working in a fast-paced, team-based, ever changing environment. We want persons who are looking for long-term employment. We reward longevity with a generous retirement benefit that includes a 10% contribution, with no matching required.

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