Oct 14, 2021

Lead Clinical Lab Scientist - Clinical Laboratory (Blood Bank) *$5,000 Sign-On Bonus*

  • St. Joseph Health & Covenant Health
  • Orange, CA, USA
Laboratory

Job Description

We are looking for a Lead Clinical Lab Scientist for the Clinical Laboratory Department at St. Joseph Hospital Orange.

Location: Orange, CA

Work Schedule: Full Time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Evenings

Job Summary:

Under the direction of a Supervisor, the Lead Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Lead CLS) utilizes professional knowledge, skills and judgment to perform a variety of technical, clerical, physical and quality assurance functions. The Lead CLS works independently, oversees the day to day operation of the division, supports leadership of the division and accepts responsibility for special projects/activities as agreed upon with the supervisor and/or manager.

Essential Functions:

  • Processes patient specimens/blood products as needed for test ordered and follows through with problems and issues regarding quality of samples/blood products.
  • Performs patient testing analyses, organizing, prioritizing work as appropriate to meet established turnaround times.
  • Performs and monitors quality control responding to out of range results and takes appropriate action.
  • Reviews and evaluates results to determine accuracy and reasonableness utilizing delta checks, analyzer flags, etc. to determine discrepancies or problems with specimens. Either acts to resolve problem or refers problem to supervisor/designee and/or pathologist.
  • Accurately enters patient testing data and comments when necessary. Documents corrections appropriately when needed.
  • Performs start-up, preventative maintenance, linearity & calibration, and calibration verification on instrumentation as necessary and appropriate.
  • Communicates with nursing and/or physicians as necessary to report critical values and testing delays as necessary and appropriate.
  • Oversees the work of the Senior Lab Assistants as necessary and appropriate. Contributes to teaching/training and competency evaluations of staff.
  • Assists in ordering, stocking, cleaning, and other general maintenance activities.
  • Reports all variances/discrepancies per laboratory Occurrence Management policy. Keeps current with communications (i.e. reading emails, technical communications, new procedures). Completes own competencies and license requirements in a timely manner.
  • Supports laboratory management and assumes leadership responsibilities. Participates and contributes in hospital and department programs and meetings.
  • Coordinates quality control activities and supports activities associated with regulatory compliance. Maintains current knowledge/understanding of regulatory standards (CAP, AABB, FDA, DHS, Joint Commission and other agencies as applicable) and participates in the division inspection readiness process.
  • Coordinates material management activities. Performs product or test validations and/or evaluations and updates procedures & policies as directed.
  • Assists supervisor in evaluation of operational status of the division. Performs staff training, competency assessment and offers remedial action if needed.

Skills:

Technical:

• Maintains technical knowledge and competence in operating and performing test procedures.

• Ability to interpret test results.

• Ability to problem solve within scope of training.

• Ability to perform intermediate computer functions.

Interpersonal:

• Ability to interact with other healthcare staff members in a professional courteous manner and demonstrates good communication / telephone skills.

• Ability to direct staff in a competent and professional manner in the absence of the supervisor.

• Ability to communicate technical knowledge clearly and effectively.

• Ability to understand and communicate orally and in writing.

Organizational:

• Ability to follow directions regarding assigned tasks, dealing with priority tasks first, then complete remaining tasks within the established time frames.

• Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment and maintain a pace appropriate to the workload.

• Ability to adapt to changes and follow policies as they occur.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Science.

Experience: 2 years of experience as a CLS.

Licenses/Certifications: Current California State License for Clinical Laboratory Scientist (generalist or specialist as applicable).

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Licenses/Certifications: ASCP or BB(ASCP) certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Apply Today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text message with additional questions from our Modern Hire system.

Compassion. Dignity. Justice. Excellence. Integrity.

These timeless values form the heart and soul of St. Joseph Hospital. They are the prime reason that we attract and retain high-caliber employees who believe in the sanctity of their work in our faith-based setting.

As a result of this affinity, most of our employees have remained with us for at least five years. Over 40 percent of our new employees were either referred by friends or applied to work at St. Joseph based on our reputation. It is little wonder, then, that retention rate is significantly higher than the average for healthcare institutions in our community.

Clinical Excellence

When you take the latest in medical technology and place it in the hands of highly skilled clinicians, recognition is sure to follow. In July 2007, 2008 and 2009, St. Joseph Hospital was named one "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedic Care by U. S. News and World Report. This highly esteem recognition is testimony to our unique blend medical science and compassionate, values-based care.

A haven that feels like home.

St. Joseph Hospital offers a unique environment in which healthcare givers who share a kindred spirit can do important work and grow both spiritually and professionally. Here, values-based employees view their jobs not simply as careers but also as callings.

Care to get acquainted? Then we warmly invite you to explore the many career opportunities offered by St. Joseph Hospital!

St. Joseph Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Category: Clinical Laboratory Scientist/ Microbiologist

Req ID: R332464