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Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 -Microbiology

Rush University Medical Center Careers
Chicago, Illinois, US
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Sep 19, 2023

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Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Job Title: Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 -Microbiology
Department: RML Microbiology Admin
Shift: 1st
Specialty: Medical Technology
Job Number: 2023-3506
Date Posted: 09/14/2023
Position Type: Laboratory Services

*Job Qualifications:*

Medical Technologist 2 - Microbiology $5,000 Sign on Bonus

Rush University Medical Center is one of the country's leading medical centers pushing the boundaries of healthcare services with innovative, compassionate, and accountable team members. Are you ready to challenge and grow your skills, contribute to providing top quality patient care, and enhance your career? Rush is a diverse and inclusive culture, and offers a competitive salary, and a valuable compensation package including health, dental and vision benefits, retirement, health savings accounts, and tuition assistance to invest in your future.

This position is responsible for performing all assigned laboratory testing and reporting for the testing area. This position requires teamwork to achieve common goals and meet deadlines to provide quality care to clients and patients. Demonstrates proficiency in identifying and resolving process issues that affect the laboratory's ability to perform laboratory testing. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures. Must adhere to the Rush code of Conduct and Rush ICARE values: Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability.

Position Responsibilities:

Demonstrates proficiency in all duties as defined in the role of Medical Technologist I.
Demonstrates proficiency in identifying and resolving process issues that affect the laboratory's ability to perform laboratory testing
Acts as a resource for identifying and solving quality control issues and escalating these when appropriate.
Demonstrates troubleshooting proficiency and therefore rarely needs to seek additional help.
Required to prepare and present a minimum of 15 minutes of continuing education within the department.
Required to identify and participate in process improvement projects.
Ensures that sufficient reagents and supplies necessary for test performance are available. Notifies supervisory staff when minimum inventory level is encountered.
Serves as an educator and trainer for students and new employees
Recognizes when changes in the workflow are needed by adjusting work to incorporate STAT tests or fluctuations in work volume
Serves as the owner of a test or process to ensure performance excels minimum quality requirements
Performs Laboratory Testing
Utilizes required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined by the lab area. Labels and processes specimens properly. Performs all laboratory procedures efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision once trained. All testing must be done following Rush approved Policies and Procedures.Acts as a technical resource for the testing area.
Quality Control and Preventative Maintenance
Performs required quality control (QC) procedures and preventative maintenance, including corrective action and documentation, for all procedures and instrumentation. Recognizes QC problems or discrepancies and attempts to determine the cause of problem. Notifies appropriate supervisor or designee regarding QC problems or discrepancies according to the established procedure.Acts as a resource for identifying and solving quality control issues and escalating these when appropriate.
Performs basic and advanced troubleshooting of equipment and processes with minimal assistance, documents action and notifies appropriate personnel, for example, supervisors, of problems all of the time. Demonstrates troubleshooting proficiency and therefore rarely needs to seek additional help.
Organization of Work Area
Keeps work area neat, clean, organized, and well stocked at all times. Disinfects area at the beginning and end of each shift.
Specimen Acceptability
Accepts no inappropriate specimens. Notifies appropriate person of specimens that must be drawn or collected again and documents the notification.
Turnaround Time Expectations
Meets turnaround time expectations by prioritizing and organizing the workload for the shift. Monitors the pending list periodically to ensure turnaround time of all samples.
Time Management
Utilizes time effectively and seeks out additional job duties when shift tasks are complete. Completes work without incurring overtime. Assists fellow workers to finish shift tasks. Adheres to the defined allotted time for breaks and lunch.
Continuing Education
Required to obtain and document 12 hours of laboratory continuing education per year. Required to prepare and present a minimum if 15 minutes of continuing education within the department.
Special Projects
Accepts and/or volunteers for method evaluations and new procedure development or other special projects and completes them within an agreed upon time frame. Participates in procedure implementation and training of new staff and students. Required to identify and participate in process improvement projects.
Required to perform the duties of the tech-in- charge for specified periods of time. Oversees operations according to departmental guidelines. Understands when to defer issues to appropriate personnel, for example a supervisor or director, and does so.
Report Reviewing and Results Reporting
Reviews lab results as required and takes appropriate action before verification and release. Recognizes and calls critical results within defined time frames. Reviews paper generated results and transcribes accurately into the Lab Information System.
Additional Job Components
Fulfills all job requirements of a Medical Technologist I.
Additional job duties will be defined by the laboratory's specific bench or assignment competencies.

Qualifications Include:

Bachelor degree or equivalent work experience in relevant science required.
Certification from nationally recognized certifying agency required. Some laboratory disciplines may require more stringent certification criteria.
Acceptable credentials (can vary depending on the laboratory section):
Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) via the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Medical Technologist (MT) via the American Medical Technologists (AMT)
Blood Bank (BB) via the ASCP
Chemistry (C) via the ASCP
Cytogenetics (CG) via the ASCP
Cytotechnologist (CT) via the ASCP
Hematology (H) via the ASCP
Microbiology (M) via the ASCP
Molecular Biology (MB) via the ASCP
Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM) via the ASCP
Experience: Minimum 24 contiguous months of laboratory related experience required. Some lab divisions may require more.
Affective behavior: Interacts effectively and respectfully with everyone encountered at the medical center.

Company Highlights:
Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.
Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.
Rush University Medical Center was ranked among the top 20 best hospitals to work at in 2019 by Indeed.
All three hospitals in the Rush University System for Health have been designated a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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