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Greater Peoria, IL
Greater Peoria, IL

MLT Non-Credentialed



Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Job Description

The Laboratory Scientist plays an important role in the lab. The Laboratory Scientist is a Bachelor degreed, non-credentialed individual who supports preanalytical, analytic and post analytic laboratory workflows. Responsibilities may include the following: sample processing/aliquoting/prepping for transport/testing and performing CLIA waived and moderate-complexity testing; supporting clinical laboratory areas such as microbiology, molecular, urinalysis, and chemistry.

Bachelor's Degree in in a chemical, physical, or biological science.

Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.Multicultural sensitivity.Microsoft Office - basic computer skills.Customer/patient focused. Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.

  • Demonstrates technical skills in the pre-analytical phase of the testing process. 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 & in sufficient quantity.Performs daily, weekly, monthly maintenance activities and documents appropriately.Recognizes inappropriate specimens; rejects.Assigns complete and accurate source with microbiology specimens; logs specimens into microbiology with correct date and time.Recognizes appropriate selections of test orders; can assist in making recommendations for proper test order.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 Evaluates new products, new assays, new systems and & new instrumentation when assigned.Performs linearity, sensitivity, precision, correlation, and reference range validation before new or revised test procedures are implemented when assigned.
  • 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 accuratelyPerforms proficiency testing successfully within assigned timeframe.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.Performs and records competency assessment of testing personnel as delegated by medical director.Teaches procedure to students, peers, and new employeesEnsures that QC is tested and documented at frequencies mandated by manufacturers and regulatory agencies Reviews worksheets and maintenance logs; investigates or corrects as needed.Performs CLIA waived and moderate-complexity testing on medical samples in accordance with manufacturer specifications using good laboratory practice
  • Demonstrates skills in the post analytical phase of the testing process. Recognizes implausible results, unusual tests reactions, errors, and instrument malfunctions and is able to investigate & problem solve.Enters data results properly & carefully, including required notification & documentation.Reviews data entry for correctness prior to verifying results to minimize errors.Uses work center pending logs to assess completion of testing to improve turnaround time.Uses computer functions to access information necessary for resulting out data and/or giving out results to customers.Addresses unresolved method & equipment problems by utilizing manufacturer resources such as hot lines or operating manual to assist in problem solving.Communicates all information necessary to subsequent shifts for completion of testing process or problem resolution
  • 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 ga