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Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS-MT

St. Luke's Hospital
Duluth

Job Description

The Medical Laboratory Scientist-MSL-MT performs laboratory analysis, evaluates laboratory results and reports results promptly and accurately. Recognizes and solves basic laboratory problems, supervises other laboratorians and assists in maintenance of laboratory systems.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Experience: Baccalaureate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science or related biological science, chemistry and/or mathematics field AND one of the following: Successful completion of an MLT program and two (2) years recent (within the last five (5) years) experience working in a laboratory; OR successful completion of an MLT-AD (Associate Degree) Medical Laboratory Technician program and four (4) years current experience working in a laboratory (within the last five (5) years) including two (2) years of full-time clinical laboratory experience in Blood Banking, Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Immunology and Clinical Microscopy.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: ASCP certification as Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Medical Technologist (MT) within twelve (12) months of hire into this position, or if hired prior to 1/1/2004, certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Those hired without valid certification are encouraged to take the first available examination after their date of hire and pass this certifying exam within three (3) consecutive administrations of the exam within twelve (12) months of hire.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education: N/A
Experience: N/A
Licensure/Certification/Registration: ASCP Certification as Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) at times of hire.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of current clinical laboratory procedures and policies; knowledge of laboratory test results and their correlation with physiologic condition; knowledge of laboratory safety practices; technical ability in the following clinical laboratory departments hematology, chemistry, immunohematology and blood banking, microbiology, serology, coagulation and urinalysis. Ability to organize work and meet deadlines; extensive ability to perform duties accurately and efficiently, often while under stress; to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions; to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments; to maintain absolute accuracy in regard to patient name, Id number and results; to maintain accurate records.

READING - Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
WRITING - Intermediate: Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, or procedures.
SPEAKING - Intermediate: Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group situations or before groups of customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Intermediate Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals and to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw or interpret bar graphs to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
REASONING ABILITY - Intermediate Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Stand - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Walk - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Stoop, Squat, Kneel, or Crouch - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Color Vision.

LIFTING REQUIREMENTS
Up to 10 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Up to 35 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Typical Noise Level - Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)

WORKING CONDITIONS
Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases. Exposed to reagents used in laboratory testing; may be exposed to/occasionally exposed to unpleasant patient elements. Exposed to hazards from electrical and mechanical equipment.

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