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Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Laboratory Technologist

Post Date:Jan 03, 2018Type:Full-Time
Start Date:1/3/2018Salary:
Location:US-IL-Aurora Job Reference:

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in medical technology or clinical laboratory science preferred.  Minimum requirement bachelor's degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science, including 24 semester hours of core science: 6 semester hours of chemistry;  6 semester hours of biology; and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination.  At least 1-3 years laboratory experience and working knowledge of molecular testing is preferred. MLS (ASCP), MT (ASCP), CLS (NCA), or MLT (ASCP) certification is preferred but not required, must be certified within first six months of hire.

Professional and Personal Qualities

Commitment to the efficient and customer-oriented provision of services, as well as commitment to the operating goals of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. 

Must possess excellent complex problem solving skills; written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate with diverse groups of people; superb attention to detail and the ability to follow processes and procedures from beginning to end within established timelines; and demonstrated skills prioritizing and organizing workload; Must show competency using all office equipment computer hardware, lab information systems and automated test instruments and demonstrate general working knowledge and competency within a laboratory environment; Ability to work with and assess comprehension from many types of learners; Patience, initiative and ability to work under minimal supervision are required. 

Ability to handle discreet, confidential information with excellent customer service skills; Desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to meet the needs of health center customers; Flexibility, creativity, ability to tolerate ambiguity and change, and good humor essential; Ability and willingness to travel among sites and work evening and weekends as necessary.

Planned Parenthood works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff based on factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, marital status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.  We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.

Job Description:
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With guidance from the Laboratory Operations Manager, the Laboratory Technologist is responsible for assisting with all aspects of analytic testing and the overall day to day operation of an in-house GC/CT/Trichomonas testing laboratory in accordance with laboratory protocols.  Utilizes lab information system to enter patient data, prepares specimens, performs tests using automated or semi-automated equipment, interprets, correlates, and reports results to PPIL clinical staff, tracks usage of and orders lab supplies and shipping materials, coordinates operating hours with supervisor and clinic staff, maintains test equipment, performs quality control, proficiency testing and ensures lab cleanliness.

Essential Functions:

1. Practice a customer-oriented approach to healthcare delivery.  Ensure that each patient receives a quality testing environment

2. Consistently demonstrate good judgment when handling and preparing specimens and making clerical decisions.  Consults with supervisor and lab director when necessary

3. Process daily shipments specimens, receive specimens into the lab using the laboratory information system, prepare specimens for testing, and perform tests using automated or semi-automated equipment following established protocols 

4. Ensure appropriate storage, tracking, and disposal of specimens per laboratory protocol

5. Interpret, correlate, and report results. Assist with reviewing the results and determining patterns, trends or correlations as needed. Report accurate results to PPIL clinical staff utilizing the laboratory information system

6. Demonstrate competency with the lab information system to provide complete patient information to PPIL clinician.  Communicate directly with health center staff on lab operating schedule, resolve specimen collection issues, and perform other problem solving as necessary

7. Consistently demonstrate good judgment when performing clinical tests and making clinical decisions.  Consult with colleagues and supervisor as necessary

8. Operate and maintain laboratory equipment, such as eye wash station, thermometers, refrigerators, etc.
9. Operate and maintain test instruments in proper working order, including:
-  Adhere to infection control protocols by maintaining a clean environment in the lab.
-  Perform instrument maintenance as needed.
-  Adhere to quality control protocols, policies, procedures, and maintain quality assurance.
-  Troubleshoot and report problems to supervisor and vendor as needed.
-  Work with supervisor and vendor field service engineers to resolve problems

10. Adhere to all laboratory policies and procedures, including applicable compliance, CQI, HIPAA, OSHA, state licensing, PPFA protocols and accreditation guidelines.  
-  Perform and result proficiency testing
-  Review policy and procedure manuals on an annual basis 
-  Maintain lab logs (instrumentation, temperature, problem, rejection logs)

11. Understand, commit to, and practice a market and customer oriented approach to health care delivery

12. Accept individual and joint responsibility for, and participate in, health center efforts to comply with all organizational quality assurance guidelines and all pertinent government regulations including OSHA and CLIA

13. Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to PPIL core values of access, activism, care, confidentiality, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, self-determination, and stewardship; practice these values in relations with internal and external customers.

Other Duties:

1. Inventory management including ordering, storing, and tracking usage of lab supplies

2. Perform necessary laboratory validations and accuracy studies as needed

3. Perform weekly STI reporting to IDPH and DuPage Health Department

4. Participate in continuous learning opportunities that include education and guidance provided by supervisor as required.  Participate in professional development and continuing education opportunities as needed

5. Ensure excellent communication, collaboration and cooperation with supervisor, coworkers and clinical staff.  Ensure a professional attitude and appearance at all times  

6. Demonstrate flexibility and teamwork; understand the interaction between this position and others with whom the position works directly and indirectly.
-  Support the agency’s mission and all health services offered, including family planning services, sexual health screenings, testing and treatment of STIs, birth control methods and abortion services.
-  Provide services that are culturally and linguistically competent; take the initiative to develop own awareness and knowledge of diversity matters.
-  Work well with all to achieve the agency’s mission

7. Other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel and reach.  The employee is occasionally required to sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  

Supervisor:  Laboratory Operations Manager

Status:  Full-time. Non-exempt from the overtime provisions of the wage and salary regulations.

Contact Information
Planned Parenthood of Illinois

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