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Clinical Lab Scientist - Per Diem - 12/20/18

Bargaining Unit:  Licensed                               Rate of Pay:  $47.39 / HR + DOE  

Two Positions Available  

SUMMARY:  Under the direction of Clinical Laboratory management staff and in accordance with regulatory requirements and accreditation standards; performs clinical laboratory functions in a timely manner following specified policies, procedures and protocols.  On a 24x7 basis performs analysis on blood, body fluids, tissues and other material from patients/clients to provide data for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.


As defined by delegation from the medical director for the duties of the “general supervisor” and in accordance with CLIA-88, State of California and the State of Nevada regulations performs the following:

Consistently complies with all applicable Tahoe Forest Health System and Clinical Laboratory policies and procedures. Evaluates and solves problems or notifies management of all operational problems unresolved.

Performs complex analytical tests or procedures, recognizes deviation from expected results, and takes appropriate action to maintain accuracy and precision.  Ensure data is entered into the LIS (laboratory information system) in a timely manner. 

Effectively communicates with nursing, physicians and other ancillary staff to ensure effective patient preparation, collection and specimen handling.  Significant errors or deviation from established SOPs are reported within the Clinical Laboratory through the CSI process or through the Tahoe Forest Health System “Quantros” risk management system.

Recognizes factors that affect measurements and results, analyzes QC data, makes judgments concerning the results, and takes appropriate action to maintain accuracy and precision.

Recognizes abnormal test results and answers inquiries about them, the methodology, specificity, and sensitivity; answers questions about specific factors that can influence test results.

Operates and maintains instrument/equipment, recognizes equipment malfunction, troubleshoots and repairs as necessary.  Notifies clinical departments in a timely manner when equipment/instruments are down and testing may be delayed.  Takes appropriate actions to activate backup activities when appropriate to ensure safe patient care.

When confronted with operational issues, acts as the “Medicare Supervisor”/ ”General Supervisor” per CLIA-88 regulations in the absence of laboratory management staff.  See attachment: “TFHS CLS/”Medicare Supervisor” Responsibilities.

Maintains current knowledge related to patient safety and laboratory safety requirements.  Observes and ensures the health and safety requirements for patients and employees both within and outside of the clinical laboratory environment are achieved.

Consistently contributes to process improvement activities within and outside of the Clinical Laboratory using “lean principles” and DMAIC approach to enhance operations.  Helps evaluate new techniques and procedures in terms of space and personnel requirements, method comparison, cost analysis, and the establishment of reference intervals; writes, revises and/or reviews technical procedures.

Some support tasks will be required at times to ensure effective laboratory operations including but not limited to telephone attendance, clerical duties, inventory management, customer service activities, specimen collection, sample handling and special procedures.  Training and mentoring new personnel may be assigned.  Other duties as may be assigned.

Scheduling of hours may be changed as necessary to meet the needs of laboratory operations. The ability to work standby and take call back is required to cover situations when no staff is routinely scheduled or schedule is vacant.

Demonstrates System Values in performance and behavior.  Understands “Just Culture” utilization at TFHS. 

Complies with System policies and procedures.

Other duties as may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Provides leadership and guidance to support personnel per CLIA-88 when regular management staff not on site or not on duty.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Has achieved a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) or higher in a health science related discipline.  Functionally knowledgeable of the principles, practices and procedures in a hospital based clinical laboratory environment.  Operations experience in the areas of chemistry, hematology, serology, coagulation, transfusion, parasitology and microbiology preferred. Three (3) years of experience as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist required.  Previous experience in a hospital laboratory setting preferred.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS:  Required:  California Clinical Laboratory Scientist and/or Nevada Clinical Laboratory Technologist-General Supervisor license.  Preferred: Concurrent dual licensure in California and Nevada. 

OTHER EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:  Microbiology, Phlebotomy and EKG experience preferred.