May 17, 2022

Laboratory Specialist

  • Memorial Health
  • Decatur, IL, USA
Full-time Laboratory

Job Description

Conducts wide variety of laboratory tests for diagnosis of disease.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Must be able to organize work and to set priorities.

Must be able to communicate effectively with personnel and with patients.

Job duties require rigid clerical accuracy in the identification and reporting of numbers, names and results.

Must be a professional capable of varied work which requires consistent exercise of discretion, good independent judgment, and reasoning ability.

Education and/or Other Requirements

Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology from an accredited university or college preferred, or must be enrolled in college and completing last semester of Bachelors of Science Degree. If not enrolled in college, must have at least 1 year of Laboratory experience.

Environmental Factors

Frequent to continuous exposure to unpleasant/irritating substances. Exposure to hazardous and/or potentially injurious elements or conditions is considerable.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be able to work any shift and/or weekend. Considerable physical exertion, including continuous (70 to 100%) walking, standing, bending, reaching and pushing/pulling of average to heavy loads (26 to 60 pounds). Mobility between nursing units is essential to perform phlebotomy and Blood Bank duties.

Mental Demands

  • Must have absolute integrity in the accurate performance and reporting of results. Must exercise discretion, good independent judgment and reasoning ability. Must be able to work under stress caused by turn-around times.

  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.


Essential Functions and Job Duties

  • Conducts waived, simple and moderately complex tests according to standards. Performs phlebotomy, as needed, at acceptable level. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of laboratory procedures in assigned areas, which may include:
    • Chemistry
    • Microbiology/Serology
    • Blood Bank
    • Hematology

  • Collects and prepares samples for analysis; performs prescribed procedures; reports accurate tests results.

  • Organizes and prioritizes workload; meets turn-around time.

  • After orientation, operates, calibrates, conducts performance checks, and maintains clinical laboratory instruments and equipment.

  • Conducts established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagent, media and products; evaluates results; implements corrective action when indicated.

  • Communicates and interacts with fellow employees; refers problems to appropriate personnel. Keeps supervisor informed of unusual data or results.

  • Attends mandatory seminars; participates in other continuing education.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.