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Antelope Valley Hospital

Clinical Lab Scientist II - Clinical Laboratory - Full Time/Nights - $5K SIGN-ON BONUS

Post Date:Jan 01, 2018Type:Full-Time
Start Date:1/1/2018Salary:
Location:US-CA-Lancaster Job Reference:507885

Job Description:
Job Description

Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) offers a wide variety of employment options and career advancement opportunities. With competitive salaries and generous benefits options, AVH is an employer-of-choice in the Antelope Valley.

Located just 50 miles north of Los Angeles, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has served as the area's leading healthcare provider for more than 60 years. The 420-bed hospital cares for nearly 220,000 patient visits a year, 121,000 of those come through the emergency department alone. With 2,500 employees and more than 450 physicians, AVH is one of the largest employers and an economic engine in the community. It offers a full complement of healthcare services, including Level II trauma center, labor & delivery, pediatrics, NICU, mental health and all of the medical/surgical services one would expect from a full-service acute care hospital. It is the area's only accredited Chest Pain Center and STEMI Receiving Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. 

The Antelope Valley offers affordable housing, excellent schools, extensive family-friendly activities, first-class entertainment, and many dining and shopping options.  

 Job Objective:

Under the direction of the Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist, the Laboratory Supervisor, the Laboratory Assistant Director and the Laboratory Director, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist II performs a variety of laboratory tests for use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. In addition, the Clinical Laboratory Scientist II operates and maintains equipment, performs and evaluates quality control, verifies and reports results, troubleshoots and corrects instrument problems, assists in evaluation of new tests or instruments, writes new policies and procedures, assists with new employee training and orientation, and participates in special projects as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Clinical Laboratory Scientist II

1. Technical

  1. Follows established procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis
  2. Communicates with physicians/nursing staff on appropriate collection of samples and/or consequences on improperly collected samples and results
  3. Operates equipment and performs tests in scheduled departments
  4. Calibrates equipment as needed
  5. Performs routine maintenance on equipment as needed
  6. Prepares and maintains reagents or stains necessary in the performance of laboratory testing
  7. Monitors temperatures of equipment and refers all out of range recordings to the designated Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  8. Performs quality control, evaluates the data, and takes appropriate action to maintain accuracy and precision
  9. Recognizes departures from expected results and refers them to designated supervisory personnel
  10. Answers inquiries about test results, methodologies, specificity and sensitivity
  11. Recognizes instrument malfunction and takes appropriate action
  12. Verifies testing and reports results to physicians or nursing personnel
  13. Calls all critical values to physicians or nursing personnel
  14. Discusses results with physicians/nursing personnel before releasing results that significantly vary from the norm
  15. Participates in proficiency testing as directed by Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  16. Performs non-routine maintenance as required with assistance from the instrument company or supervisor
  17. Troubleshoots instruments or methodologies to resolve quality control and/or testing problems
  18. Assists service personnel to correct instrument problems
  19. Assists in evaluating new instrumentation and/or tests
  20. Participates in assigned special projects and additional duties

2. Non-technical

  1. Operates the LIS and HIS as required for the position
  2. Recognizes departures from expected inventory and supply levels for the departments and refers inconsistencies to the designated personnel
  3. Participates in Continuing Education for personal growth and maintenance of certificates and licenses
  4. Assures completion of all yearly competency testing
  5. Writes new policies and procedures as directed
  6. Assists in training and orientation of new Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Medical Laboratory Technicians and Department Technicians as instructed
  7. Assumes in-charge responsibilities as needed

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Transports specimens and supplies between the main hospital lab and satellite locations
  • Adds support to other laboratory staff as needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of basic computer operations
  • Knowledge of specimen and testing requirements
  • Knowledge of safe handling of biological specimens
  • Knowledge to recognize deviations from normal standards
  • Knowledge of how laboratory results apply and affect the care and treatment of patients
  • Demonstrates knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific groups and proficiency in required areas


  • Skill needed for accuracy and precision in testing
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills


  • Ability to follow directions accurately
  • Ability to learn requirements of operation for different types of instrumentation
  • Ability to recognize instrument malfunction and take appropriate action
  • Ability to operate Hospital and Laboratory Information Systems
  • Ability to exhibit courteous, helpful and professional behavior in dealing with patients, public and peers

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust

Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree that will satisfy the requirements for a Clinical Laboratory Scientist license issued by the State of California Department of Public Health


  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist II — more than 2 years of related clinical laboratory experience
  • Minimum of one year experience at an acute care hospital is desirable

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Possession of a current Clinical Laboratory Scientist license issued by the State of California Department of Public Health

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform duties in a normal hospital clinical laboratory environment
  • Job may require long periods of standing or sitting
  • Job requires handling of biological specimens

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Closing Statement

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fasted growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Antelope Valley Hospital

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