UnityPoint Health

Laboratory Assistant

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
717 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Lab Department
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Hours Vary - 36 Hours Per Week with Rotating Weekends and Holiday
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Sign On Incentive of $1500 for qualifying candidates!


This position plays an important role in the lab interacting with patients and nursing personnel. It is a non-credentialed position that supports preanalytical, analytical and post analytical laboratory workflows. Responsibilities include all the following: 1) registration, 2) inpatient, outpatient or outreach phlebotomy, 3) sample processing/aliquoting/prepping for transport/testing and 4) performs CLIA waived testing.


Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


    Hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work at https://dayinthelife.unitypoint.org.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list). Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty. Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task. Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future. Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements.

% of Time


Pre-Analytic workflows

·         Greets everyone with a pleasant and professional manner, using patient experience best practice guidelines (AIDET, 5/10 Rule and No-Point, etc.)

·         Identifies patients and samples using two patient identifiers, always labeling samples in the presence of the patient.

·         Performs medical venous and capillary blood collections independently for patients of all ages within specified safety parameters, timelines and pace.

·         Performs sample receiving, accessioning, processing, aliquoting, preparation for transport and/or delivery to testing areas.

·         Utilizes supply items in a cost-effective manner, recognizing when to reorder and assisting with unpacking and/or restocking items.

·         Achieves basic understanding of lab tests to answer patient questions in an easy to understand way.


Analytic workflows

·         Performs CLIA waived testing on medical samples in accordance with manufacturer specifications using good laboratory practice.

·         Works efficiently with the workflow and workload.

·         Documents routine instrument maintenance; elevates non-routine issues to management.


Post-Analytic workflows

·         Follows appropriate reporting protocols including critical value reporting.

·         Monitors pending logs and work queues and resolves pending tests and registration errors.

·         Prepares and logs samples for proper storage and retention.


Committed Team

·         Prioritizes work in the best interest of the patient, sharing the work with team members.

·         Assists with training new employees and students, being helpful and supportive in their teaching.

·         Attends department huddles, staff meetings and other required training.

·         Checks emails regularly for huddle minutes and important communications relevant to assignment.


Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

·         Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect.

·         Enthusiastically engage in our work.

·         Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

·         Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


High School graduate or equivalent.






One (1) year of hospital clinical experience or demonstrated clinical efficiency.



Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.







Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.


Multicultural sensitivity.


Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.


Customer/patient focused.


Basic knowledge of computer systems used on analyzers, Sunquest and EPIC.


Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.


Demonstrates knowledge of computer programs for patient identification, registration, order, and sample tracking.


Demonstrates basic knowledge of computer programs for reporting test results.


Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.






Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.


Work may occasionally require travel. May drive a UPH vehicle, rental or own vehicle.



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