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Medical Laboratory Scientist - Microbiology - Houston - 77236

Employer
Local Staffing
Location
Gulfton, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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At Houston Methodist, the Medical Laboratory Scientist position is responsible for performing both routine and complex analyses, which necessitates knowledge of laboratory techniques, principles, and equipment and their interrelationship. This position exercises good judgment by using critical thinking skills and deals with issue resolution concerning the day-to-day technical operation of the laboratory. The Medical Laboratory Scientist also ensures that specimens are accessioned and processed expeditiously in order to deliver quality laboratory results in an effective and cost efficient manner.
HOUSTON METHODIST STANDARD
PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
* Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
* INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
* COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
* ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
* RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
* EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
* Focuses on patient/customer safety
* Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
* Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
* Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
* Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
* Displays cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion principles
* Actively supports the organization vision, fulfills the mission and abides by the I CARE values
RESPONSIBILITIES
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 25%
1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
2. Teaches students, new employees and others as assigned by Manager. (EF)

SERVICE - 30%
1. Organizes workload and sets priorities. Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks. (EF)
2. Meets turnaround time expectations as defined by management. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 35%
1. Demonstrates the six elements of competency for test systems used to generate patient test results in all areas assigned to work. (EF)
2. Recognizes, investigates and helps resolve test discrepancies. When problems arise, takes appropriate action to investigate and address and notifies management and the medical director for follow-up. (EF)
3. Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security and emergency preparedness. (EF)

FINANCE - 5%
1. Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system. (EF)
2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Restocks section inventory levels as needed.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 5%
1. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
o Bachelor's degree

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
o One year of work or training experience in a hospital laboratory preferred
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
o Must meet certification eligibility upon entry into this role and have one of the following required certifications within 18 months:
o Preferred - Certified as a Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or categorical certification by Board of Certification (ASCP)
o Certified as a Medical Technologist by American Medical Technologists (AMT)
o Certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist by National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA)
o HLA only - One of the following is required:
- Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP) certification
- Certified by American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI)
o Microbiology only - One of the following is required:
- Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP) certification
- Microbiology, M(ASCP) certification
- Clinical microbiology registry from American Society for Microbiology, RM(AAM)

KSA/ SUPPLEMENTAL DATA
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
o Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing heavy work flow with minimal supervision
o Strong attention to detail and ability to achieve and maintain accuracy
o Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action
o Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital/Laboratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and testing records and other related documents
o Demonstrates the ability to work independently with little or no direct supervision

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work Attire Yes/No
Uniform No
Scrubs Yes
Business professional Yes
Other (dept approved) No

On-Call* Yes, as required by entity/department for operational need

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.

Travel**
May require travel within Yes
Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside Yes
of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.
COMPANY PROFILE
Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its top ranked Honor Roll for the fourth time and second consecutive year. 2020 also marked the ninth year in a row Houston Methodist Hospital has been named the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 952 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and over 8,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

The same high-quality care for which Houston Methodist is known is available at several Emergency Care Centers in Houston and the surrounding areas. These Emergency Care Centers house exam rooms, full digital radiography suite, low radiation dose 16-slice CT scan, ultrasound and a full on-site stat chemistry lab.
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