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Fairview Health Services Laboratory Care Technician in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Fairview Health Services is looking for a Laboratory Care Technician at University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank. This is a fulltime opening on the day shift, 4AM to 12 PM, 2 out of 6 weekends and occasional holiday. This person will rotate between East Bank and the Clinics and Surgery centerweek days.

The University of Minnesota Medical Center Acute Laboratories perform clinical hematology, chemistry, blood gas, coagulation, urinalysis, transfusion medicine, and blood collection and processing. The East Core Laboratory cares for critical adult inpatients and serves as a central receiving laboratory for specialty laboratories. The East Core team consists of 130 employees.

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Responsibilities/Job Description

Working with diverse populations within a healthcare environment, the Laboratory Care Technician plays an important role in providing quality, proficient and professional services in keeping with Fairview Values as they interact with our patients, families and co-workers. The LCT performs laboratory specimen collection at various Fairview or outreach locations, as well as, provides for safe and secure specimen handling and point of care testing. Responsible for accurately entering orders and collection information into the Laboratory Information System and associated subsystems; monitoring computer logs for incomplete work; scheduling tests/procedures and providing results in LIS/HIS and over the phone, the LCT's attention to detail and accuracy are the foundation for our providing quality laboratory services. Working as an individual or team member, the LCT continuously works towards providing quality service improvement and optimum support to the department and team members in achieving Fairview's goals.

Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and perform procedures.

  • Obtains blood specimens for all identified patient populations.

  • Performs phlebotomy at various sites and communicates special handling needs of the specimen.

  • Uses appropriate communications skills to meet patient/family and other customer needs.

  • Demonstrates proficiency with point care testing.

  • May perform EKG’s.

  • May train others in phlebotomy skills.

  • Ensures specimens are acceptable for testing including properly identified.

  • Processes specimens prior to testing or sending to reference labs.

  • Performs daily quality control, troubleshooting and equipment maintenance.

  • Monitors inventory, ordering and restocking supplies.

Prioritizes work to achieve optimal patient outcomes

  • Prioritizes assigned work.

  • Transports blood and body fluid under proper conditions and in a timely and safe manner.

  • Seeks assistance appropriately for problem or unusual situations.

Information processing

  • Accurately enters order and collection information into LIS and subsystems.

  • Monitors computer logs for incomplete work.

  • Schedules tests/procedures.

  • Provides results in LIS/HIS and reports over the phone.

  • Acquires additional computer skills as appropriate to the work area.

  • Supports and adheres to laboratory quality assurance program.

Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting to approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.


Required Qualifications

  • HS diploma/GED and completion of a formal education program with didactic and clinical components; completion of an accredited phlebotomy school/course (an original transcript or certificate of completion must be provided at the time of the interview).

  • or HS diploma/GED and completion of one year of fulltime clinical phlebotomy and laboratory experience

  • or enrollment in second year of MLT or MLS program

  • Certification: eligibility for American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), American Certification Agency (ACA), American Medical Technologists (AMT). Initial or proof of existing certification and receipt of ASCP, ACA, AMT, phlebotomy certification within 15 months of hire. Certification must be maintained at the expense of the employee and is required for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of phlebotomy certification

Other Required Skills

  • must be able to provide evidence of successful customer service background within a diverse cultural setting

Desired Skills

  • prior laboratory experience in a hospital or clinic setting in a similar capacity

  • prior direct contact with patients in a health care setting

  • exposure to/or experience with computerized order/data entry systems

  • prior work experience in an environment requiring critical thinking skills

  • demonstrate effective team work ethic in prior positions

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Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Joined by HealthEast in June 2017, Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 12 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota.

Its broad continuum also includes 56 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

EEO/AA Employer/Vet/DisabledAll qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any lawfully protected status.

Requisition ID 2019-36716

Profession Clinical/Direct Patient Care (non-nursing/allied Health)

Speciality Laboratory

Location University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank)

Shift day

Hours per 2 weeks 80

Department Labs - Acute Care