Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) – Per Diem, Variable (Los Angeles)

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist performs a variety of standardized and highly specialized analysis of tests in Chemistry, Immunology, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Microbiology and/or Blood Bank. The Clinical Laboratory Scientist is responsible for the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results (pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical) used for the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients.Provides support and facilitates communications by effectively navigating computer and phone systems, building and maintaining customer relationships, and providing a positive, professional and empathetic understanding to all customers.

Los Angeles Community Hospital has been taking care of generations of east Los Angeles families. Having a strong presence in our community has been critical to our success since our inception, along with offering quality, compassionate healthcare accessible to everybody. Most of our doctors, nurses and other employees live in the community, creating a culture of neighbors taking care of neighbors.

We have changed with our community—both in the way we deliver medical care and by reaching beyond the walls of our hospital. We work closely with community members to help meet their most important needs. Our 130-bed, acute care hospital offers a wide range of medical programs and services, including cardiology, internal medicine and surgical services.

The CLS is responsible for performing laboratory testing, quality control measures, and distribution of test results of biological specimens in an accurate and timely manner. Adheres to the laboratory’s quality control policies; documents all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations, and maintenance performed.Actively participates in departmental process improvement. Adheres to turnaround time (TAT) guidelines for STAT and routine tests. Ensures Infection Control procedures, HIPAA compliance and other regulatory standards.Empathizes with patient and patient support systems, expresses compassion and understanding for the situation and demonstrates care which is appropriate for the age, and cultural, religious, gender identity, or ethnic background. Engages in caring behaviors, taking conscious ownership for work and takes deliberate/thoughtful actions regarding how to best carry out interactions with the patient, families, physicians, and co-workers.Identifies and troubleshoots issues that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either corrects the problems or immediately notifies the Director/Manager/Supervisor. Documents all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications.Follows the laboratory’s procedures for handling and proper disposal of specimens, reagents, and biohazard waste. Accurately processes tests, reports, and maintains records of patient test results. Maintains records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens. Minimum Education:Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science/Biological Science or Equivalentrequired.Minimum Experience:Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across the hospital required. Ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to the workload required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required. Must be willing to work variable shifts and overtime as required. Must demonstrate customer service skills appropriate to the job required. Ability to identify and distinguish colors required. Experience with lab/hospital computer systems and software preferred. Applicable clinical lab work experience preferred. Bilingual skills to communicate effectively with patients and families preferred.Req. Certification/Licensure:Current Licensure as a CLS License in the State of California required. Hospital Fire and Life Safety Card (Los Angeles City Employees only) required.

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