Aug 02, 2021

Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Clinical Laboratory

  • St. Joseph Health & Covenant Health
  • Apple Valley, CA, USA

Job Description

We are looking for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for the Clinical Laboratory at St. Mary Medical Center.

Location: Apple Valley, CA

Work Schedule: On Call/ Per Diem

Shift: 8-hour, Days (Variable)

Job Summary:

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist is responsible for the accurate and timely reporting of high complexity laboratory test results with minimal supervision. CLS personnel are capable of performing pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical duties including specimen evaluation, data analysis, and instrument maintenance and problem resolution. They often work with acute-care and outpatient caregivers, along with other Laboratory Services staff in performing their duties.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs test and control procedures in a timely manner.
  • Prioritizes and organizes testing workload and performs all designated tests.
  • Recognizes and verifies statistical and technical variances, QC results, critical values, normal and abnormal patient values prior to release of testing results.
  • Reads the results of tests and examinations and interprets them in terms of quality, takes into consideration the age of patient when this affects the process of testing, the normal ranges or quality results.
  • Records and communicates values outside established normal range to supervisor and/or other appropriate personnel.
  • Assists with maintenance of reagents, supplies, and instrumentation; may be responsible for making up reagents, and maintenance and adjustment of equipment; performs or oversees instrument function checks and maintenance procedures and repairs department protocols; assists in evaluation and implementation of new instrument and procedures.
  • Assists in developing quality standards and quality controls to assure the accuracy in tests' results; documents all appropriate corrective actions, maintenance procedures, QC and QA data and actions taken.
  • Assists in training and orientating of new department personnel and evaluating their performances.
  • Interacts with nursing and medical staff as necessary to clarify orders, discuss results and deal with operational problems.
  • Performs phlebotomy procedures in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in the phlebotomy manual, including infant, pediatric, adult and geriatric phlebotomy as needed.
  • Uses rigid accuracy in the identification of each patient sample by name, specimen number, specimen type or source, collection date and time.
  • Interacts with nursing and medical staff as necessary to clarify orders, discuss results and deal with any problems affecting patient management.


Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Minimum Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Coursework/Training -1 year internship - prerequisite to the State Exam.

Licenses/Certifications: Current California license for Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Experience: 2 years experience in a hospital setting.

St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is an acute care hospital with 213 beds and over 1,750 employees making it one of the region's largest employers serving communities of the High Desert. The facility was constructed in 1956 and joined the St. Joseph Health System in 1992.

This facility has the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert Accredited by California Children Services and has been granted approval as a Special Hospital with the California Children's Services Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Mary was accredited as a primary Stroke Receiving Center in 2018, the only stroke-receiving center in the High Desert.

The Services and Clinical Specialties offered at this Hospital are Diabetes Education, Emergency Services, Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Services, Robotic Surgery Services, Surgical Services, Women & Children's Services and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Company: St. Mary Medical Center

Category: Clinical Laboratory Scientist/ Microbiologist

Req ID: R336091