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The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically-vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
Our Laboratory Medicine Transfusion Services department has an outstanding opportunity for a Full-time (100%), Blood Bank Technical Specialist (Medical Laboratory Specialist 2). The Blood Bank Technical Specialist will be responsible for performing clinical laboratory tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions. Testing is performed at a professional level and may include all facets of pretransfusion testing using both automated and manual methods, routine and complex antibody identification, component preparation, unit confirmation testing, shipping and receiving units and tissue, sample processing, information processing, and quality control. This position also includes support for the training of students in the UW Medical Laboratory Science program, new employees, residents and other faculty as necessary. The person in this role will act as technical expert and resource for performance and review of serologic testing, QC of reagents and equipment, and preventive maintenance on department equipment. This person will also serve as a resource technologist for complicated antibody problems and difficult crossmatches.
Perform routine immunohematologic procedures such as pretransfusion testing, prenatal testing, cord blood workups, RhIg workups, and transfusion reaction workups
Perform special immunohematologic procedures such as identification of red cell antibodies, elutions, adsorptions, titrations, and pretreatment of plasma and RBCs used in antibody investigation
Manage request for, and distribution of, routine and emergency blood components including autologous and direct donor components, irradiated blood products, neonatal blood components, intrauterine transfusions components, RhIg, and bone grafts
Manage the blood component inventory so as to minimize shortages and outdating
Assist with the performance of daily shift specific duties
In conjunction with department leadership, provide direction, training for staff; develop and evaluate new methodologies and procedures; and write, review and revise technical procedures in area of expertise
Perform Related Duties as Assigned: perform additional duties and responsibilities delegated or assigned by manager or faculty director, including administrative duties, special projects and related duties as assigned; may rotate to other sections and perform duties of a CT1 or CT2 when necessary; may be required to perform venipunctures
Technical Quality of Work:
Perform and oversee testing of blood, and blood products in the transfusion service laboratories. Assigned areas may include pretransfusion testing, routine and complex antibody identification procedures, and component preparation
Review and evaluate test results; use expert job knowledge to make critical judgments regarding acceptability of results and donor compatibility for transfusion
Develop and evaluate new processes, methods, reagents, or instrumentation in conjunction with manager and faculty
Work with attention to detail and with critical review to avoid errors
Take appropriate action on critical, abnormal or unusual results
Teamwork/Enable Laboratory Operations:
Demonstrate positive leadership skills such as empathy, creativity and fairness
Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of staff and students
Promote understanding and support for divisional and departmental policies
Assist in negotiation of prices and arranging standing orders, service contracts and capital equipment purchases in area of expertise
Quality Assurance Activities:
Oversee quality assurance activities within the section, including QC and instrument maintenance
Maintain laboratory procedures, including writing new procedures and revising existing procedures under the direction of faculty and manager
Review quality assurance reports to confirm standards of care are being met
Review quality control reports on a regular basis to detect shifts or tends indicating potential problems, and institute corrective action before major problems develop
In conjunction with manager, be responsible for assessing, initiation, maintaining and monitoring compliance with CAP and JCAHO regulations within the section.
Exercise expertise in operation and troubleshooting of a variety of laboratory equipment, including equipment requiring interpretative knowledge such as multi-parameter cell counters and automated coagulation analyzers
Perform or oversee calibration, QC and preventive maintenance activities of staff members and instrument repair technicians
Effectively utilize computer systems, including email and statistical software, to perform work duties and training activities
Assure instrument and computer interface QA requirements are fulfilled
Work with department computer staff on computer-related changes and problems
Provide effective orientation and training to new employees or others
Provide fair, immediate and private feedback on technical performance issues to individuals
Provide feedback to manager on performance of trainees and staff, ongoing personnel competency issues and exceptional employee performance.
Collaborate with manager to ensure required training and documentation of training is obtained for all staff
Oversee new employee training activities and review training documents to ensure trainee makes satisfactory progress towards completion of training requirements
Represent the department professionally when interacting with other members of the healthcare team
Communicate clearly, directly and on a timely basis appropriate information to customers and co-workers, both orally and in writing
Maintain neat, legible and organized written work documents with appropriate dates and initials
Job Knowledge/Professional Growth:
Maintain advanced level of theoretical and technical expertise for all procedures in assigned section
Maintain knowledge of current CAP and JCAHO regulations
Maintain competency and keep job knowledge current
REQUIREMENTS: Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory OR equivalent education/experience, AND Current Medical Laboratory Scientist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division, AND Two years of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or equivalent experience.
Extensive experience in pretransfusion testing, to include complex antibody identification, component preparation, and automation.
Previous lead of technical specialist experience.
Candidates must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.