Typical pay range: $28.79 - $43.40
ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
TITLE: Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
REPORTS TO POSITION: Laboratory Supervisor, Manager or
DATE LAST REVIEWED: October 13, 2016
OUR VISION: Creating America's healthiest community,
OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better
health, better care, better value
OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork
DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY: The laboratory departments provide many
services to our multi-hospital organization and outreach community
including: blood collection, processing, testing, and reporting of
results, spanning all disciplines of laboratory medicine.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Medical Laboratory Scientist at St.
Charles Health System performs, interprets and reports clinical
laboratory testing on a variety of human biological specimen types.
This position does not directly manage other caregivers, however
may be asked to review and provide feedback on the work of other
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Performs laboratory analysis of human biological specimens
submitted for testing in accordance with laboratory policies,
procedures and quality standards. Accurately documents results into
the Laboratory Information System. Recognizes reports and documents
critical test results in a timely manner.
Ensures that specimens for analysis are appropriate and adequate
to provide meaningful results. Recognizes when specimen condition
or adequacy may impact test results and exercises professional
judgment to reject, request recollection, consult with ordering
provider, or perform testing with appended warning comments.
Performs, evaluates and documents quality control, quality
assurance, proficiency testing and calibration procedures according
to laboratory policies and procedures. Performs additional quality
assurance activities when professional judgment identifies a need
to confirm the accuracy and/or quality of test results.
Ensures that analytic instruments are properly calibrated and
maintained. Performs and documents cleaning, maintenance and
troubleshooting of analytic instruments and test systems.
Recognizes when a test system is operating in a manner that may
compromise the quality or accuracy of testing results and takes
appropriate remedial actions.
Reviews and evaluates test results prior to release. Recognizes
suspect results based upon laboratory defined criteria, system
appended alerts, inconsistency with previous results, inconsistency
with patient age/medical condition, or professional judgment.
Takes appropriate remedial steps to ensure the accuracy of
Performs all specimen handling, specimen manipulation, reagent
preparation, test system maintenance, chemical/biologics handling
and testing procedures in a manner that ensures the safety of self
Appropriately refers issues beyond scope of practice to a
discipline/sub discipline specialist, supervisor or
Performs all duties in a professional and ethical manner and in
accordance with all regulatory requirements.
Obtains blood samples via arterial, venous or capillary puncture
according to laboratory policies and procedures (site dependent
Within credentialed scope of practice, serves as a resource to
medical providers assisting with the selection of appropriate
testing, specimen collection and handling, and interpretation of
Consults with clinicians and colleagues in the investigation and
identification of possible sources of error or interferences that
may impact test performance or compromise test results.
For those disciplines or sub disciplines in which a specialist
credential is held, serves as an expert resource to laboratory
colleagues, clinicians, and other health care professionals.
Consults and collaborates with professional colleagues to
identify and remediate process issues. Participates in efforts to
identify opportunities to continuously improve laboratory
procedures, processes and services.
Leads or assists in the research, development, evaluation,
validation, documentation and implementation of new, improved or
expanded testing services.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that
promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of
continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a
champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers,
patients and guests.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of
professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable
laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the
organization's corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical
and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of
applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational
investigations and proceedings.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the
organization, as required or assigned.
Required: Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree in a chemical,
physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an
accredited college or university.
Required: Current national certification or licensure at the
Technologist/Scientist level by one or more of the following
accredited credentialing agencies: ASCP, AMT, AAB, HEW and
California Department of Health Services. Acceptable credentials:
MLS (ASCP), MT (ASCP), BB (ASCP), H (ASCP), C (ASCP), M (ASCP), MB
(ASCP), SBB (ASCP), SC (ASCP) , SM (ASCP), SI (ASCP), MT (AMT), MT
(HEW), MT (AAB), CLS.
Preferred: Previous Medical Laboratory Scientist experience.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT :
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) required to perform the job safely.
Continually (75% or more): Standing and walking, use of clear
and audible speaking voice and the ability to hear normal speech
Frequently (50%): Sitting, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling
1-25 pounds. Keyboard operation
Occasionally (25%): Bending, stooping/kneeling/crouching,
climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area), reaching overhead,
lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds,
grasping/squeezing, ability to hear whispered speech level.
Rarely (10%): Climbing stairs.
Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area),
operation of a motor vehicle.
Exposure to Elemental Factors
Rarely (10%): Cold, wet/slippery area, chemical solution.
Never (0%): Heat, noise, dust, vibration, uneven surface.
Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category
Risk for Exposure to BBP
Schedule Weekly Hours:
Variable (United States of America)
Is Exempt Position?
Scheduled Days of the Week:
As Scheduled (may include weekends and holidays)
Shift Start & End Time:
variable, preferences considered when scheduling