Diagnostic Laboratory Technologist

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Website Fairview Health Services

Fairview Health Services

Company : Fairview Health Services

Country: United States

Location : Minneapolis, Minnesota

Post: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 21:54:05 GMT

Expires: Fri, 26 Aug 2022 23:59:59 GMT

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MHEALTH Fairview has an exciting opportunity for a full time, 10 hour shift, Diagnostic laboratory technologist (DLT) night shift position at in  the Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory (IDDL) performing molecular and microbiology testing. Hours are 8:30 pm to 7 am, every other weekend and rotating holidays. IDDL offers expertise in the following areas:  Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Virology, and Molecular Microbiology, performing approximately 900,000 tests annually.  We span the spectrum from manual reading of bacteriology cultures to state of the art PCR testing.  


This position is eligible for a shift incentive bonus paid out every 6 months.  Shift incentive bonus is pro-rated based on FTE. 


IDDL performs over 900,000 Microbiology and Virology tests annually.  We span the spectrum from manual reading of bacteriology cultures to state of the art PCR testing.   IDDL offers expertise in the following areas:  Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology.


Responsibilities/Job Description:
The Diagnostic Laboratory Technologist functions independently in performing work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.  A DLT performs waived, moderate, or high complexity testing as defined by CLIA’88.  The DLT possesses working knowledge of the clinical laboratory and performs routine clinical laboratory analysis, recognizes problems, identifies basic causes, and makes corrections using established protocols.  The DLT correlates data based on knowledge of technical and instrumental conditions affecting test results and performs quality control procedures within established parameters and participates in laboratory performance improvement activities. Correlates’ data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction and works independently under general supervision.


Follows Established Guidelines to Obtain Specimens and Prioritize Work

Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.

Properly verifies patient identity.

Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.

Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.

Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement. 

Performs a Wide Variety of Complex Diagnostic and Therapeutic Testing

Performs waived, moderate or high complexity testing as defined by CLIA ’88.

Functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.

Operates laboratory instrumentation and information systems according to procedure.

Completes specified maintenance on instruments.

Document and communicate lab test results thoroughly and accurately according to SOP

Recognizes Problems and Takes Appropriate Measures to Resolve Them.

Independently performs problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.

Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.

Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.

Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies. 

Evaluates Testing Results for Accuracy and Appropriate Intervention.

Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.

Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.

Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.

Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.

Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic). 

Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality   Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

Documents deviations and action taken.

Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.

Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels.  Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.

Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results, and implementing corrective action recommendations.

Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.

Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. 

Orients and Mentors’ New Employees and Students.

Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.

Checks work prior to release.

Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.

Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager

Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.

 Demonstrates Commitment to Customers

Is aware of different customer needs/desires.

Takes action to meet customer needs/desires with respect to customer diversity.

Helps improve processes to meet customer needs.

Suggests and acts on ideas to improve overall customer service.

Respects confidentiality and shares information with only those that need to know

 Demonstrates Commitment to Fellow Employees

Seeks to understand and value differences between employees.

Treats other employees with dignity and respect.

Demonstrates open, honest communication and behavior.

Resolves conflict in a positive manner.

Contributes to the productivity of the workgroup.

 Demonstrates Commitment to Fairview

Lives the values of dignity, integrity, service, and compassion.

Supports the mission/vision.

Speaks positively about Fairview.

Chooses to make Fairview a better place.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed

Phlebotomy and other specimen collection techniques.

Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions.

Knowledge of cultural differences and culturally appropriate approaches.

Verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Customer Service standards.

Priority setting skills

Problem solving skills

Working knowledge of instrumentation and ability to take corrective action.

Working knowledge of laboratory information and reporting systems.

Knowledge of safety protocols, ergonomics, and body mechanics.

Knowledge of infection control principles and practices.

Knowledge of emergency and other relevant policies and procedures.

Critical Thinking

Knowledge of laboratory testing and significance in human physiology.

Knowledge of relevant factors which can influence testing results.

Knowledge of laboratory policies and procedures that are based on CAP, COLA, AABB, FDA Blood Bank regulations and JCAHO standards, as appropriate to the work setting.

Knowledge of quality assurance principles and practices.

Knowledge of learning styles

Ability to assess needs and progress of trainee

Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions

Ability to accept cultural differences

 Organization Expectations, as applicable:

 Completes all initial and annual required learning relevant to the role.

Complies with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies.

Contributes to a safe work environment.





Bachelor’s in a Chemistry or Biological sciences field with a minimum of 24 semester hours of science courses that include Six semester hours of chemistry and

Six semester hours of biology and

Twelve semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination.



Bachelor’s degree in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA ’88.


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