UnityPoint Health

  • Clinical Laboratory Technician

    Requisition ID
    5409 N Knoxville
    UPH Proctor
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    FTE, 40 hrs. weekly, 2nd shift with weekend and holiday rotation
    Work Type (Portal Searching)
    Full Time Benefits
  • Overview

    A professionally trained highly knowledgeable individual who performs a variable number of tasks pertaining to pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical processes for wavered, moderately complex and highly complex procedures on body fluids and tissue to detect and measure components of health or disease. The incumbent ensures that accurate results are reported in a timely manner to aid the physician in the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the patient.


    “We are committed to delivering outstanding healthcare. Period.”


    • Demonstrates skills in the analytical phase of testing process.
    • Follows test protocol.
    • Performs test procedures with care and accuracy.
    • Makes dilutions accurately; calculates correctly.
    • Selects appropriate identification and susceptibility testing and performs accurately
    • Performs proficiency testing successfully.
    • Displays knowledge by correlating test results to disease states and assists in resolving problems with methodologies and/or instrumentation.
    • Ensures quality of work by performing QC at required intervals, performing calibrations and footnoting QC following calibration, investigating cause of out-of-control QC and resolves before testing is resumed. Ensures that outdated materials (kits, QC, or reagents) are not used; uses oldest outdate first.
    • Ensures timeliness of testing by organizing work for minimal turnaround time, performing work in careful manner to minimize repeat testing and turnaround time, referring testing to alternate sites if in-place systems are not operable.
    • Teaches testing procedures to students, peers, and new employees.
    • Demonstrates skills in the post analytical phase of the testing process.
    • Recognizes implausible results, unusual tests reactions, errors, and instrument malfunctions and are able to investigate and problem solve.
    • Enters data results properly and carefully, including required notification and documentation.
    • Reviews data entry before resulting to minimize clerical errors.
    • Uses computer functions to access information necessary for resulting out data and/or giving out results to customers.
    • Addresses unresolved equipment problems utilizing manufacturers resources such as hot line or service manual to assist in problem solving.
    • Returns proficiency testing results completely and in a timely manner.
    • Communicates all information necessary to subsequent shifts for completion of testing process or problem resolution.
    • Demonstrates technical skills in the pre-analytical phase of the testing process.
    • Follows age specific care guidelines in collecting specimens from the various age categories of neonate, child, adolescent, adult and elderly.
    • Collects specimens using the proper procedures & protocols.
    • Observes principles of phlebotomy, such as drawing by IV, red top before blue top, etc.
    • Determines acceptability of specimens within guidelines.
    • Follows protocol in labeling pour-offs.
    • Stores specimens under appropriate conditions as quickly as possible.
    • Prepares reagents / standards / calibrators correctly and ensures they are dated & of sufficient quantity.
    • Recognizes inappropriate specimens; rejects.
    • Performs daily, weekly, monthly maintenance activities & documents appropriately.
    • Assigns complete and accurate source with microbiology specimens; logs specimens into microbiology with correct date and time.
    • Selects appropriate culture media, incubation temps and atmosphere for microbiology cultures.
    • Organizes and prioritizes work for optimum turnaround time.
    • Observes safety guidelines.
    • Streaks plates with good standard isolation technique or for quantification (colony counts).
    • Recognizes appropriate selection of test orders.
    • Performs processing/ordering functions correctly using SPR, COE, etc.Participates in support activities necessary to insure a smooth and efficiently run operation.
    • Contributes ideas and assists in implementing changes to insure cost-effective operation of the department.
    • Supports same shift co-workers by assisting in department support activities: calibrates pipettes, takes temperatures, dates all kits, QC, reagents in use, dates and restocks reagents and supplies, washes pipettes and glassware, empties red-bagged garbage in microbiology, unpacks boxes from receiving and documents receipt, alerts appropriate person if inventory is low.
    • Cleans and maintains instruments, refrigerators, freezers and work and storage areas.
    • Displays a willingness and interest in learning new instruments or procedures or in cross training into other areas.
    • Generates electronic messages and completes data sheets using computer capabilities.
    • Provides support for other laboratory sections by assisting when staffing shortages or heavy workload events occur and helps to maintain lounge areas used in all sections.



    • Associate’s degree in a chemical or biological science or medical laboratory technology.  Education must meet the requirements defined in CLIA regulation 42CFR493.1489
    • Work Experience
    • 1-3 years of experience in/with clinical laboratory background associated with degree.

    License and Certification

    • While certification of technical personnel by a professional organization, such as ASCP is highly desirable, such certification is voluntary and may be obtained at the discretion of the employee.
    • Required English Skills
    • Basic reading skills
    • Basic writing skills
    • Basic oral skills

    Communication Skills

    • Ability to respond appropriately to customer/co-worker
    • Interaction with a wide variety of people
    • Maintain confidential information
    • Ability to communicate only the facts to recipients or to decline to reveal information
    • Ability to project a professional, friendly, helpful demeanor

    Computer Skills

    • Basic computer knowledge: Uses word processin


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