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Fairview Health Services Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Fairview Health Services is looking for a Medical Lab Scientist at M Health Clinics and Surgery Center. The laboratory at the Clinics and Surgery Center lab offers a fast-paced environment providing quality, proficient and professional laboratory services to diverse populations within an integrated healthcare setting. This is a fulltime 2 nd shift position with hours from 11:00-19:30 or 12:00-20:30, depending on the area being staffed.

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Responsibilities/Job Description

The Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice. A MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. The MLS/MT participates in laboratory performance improvement activities.

Core Competencies

*Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and prioritize work.

  • Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.

  • Properly verifies patient identity.

  • Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.

  • Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.

  • Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement

*Performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing.

  • Performs waived, moderate or high complexity testing as defined by CLIA ’88.

  • Functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.

  • Operates laboratory instrumentation and information systems according to procedure.

  • Completes specified maintenance on instruments.

*Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

  • Acts as a resource for problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.

  • Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.

  • Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.

  • Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.

*Evaluates testing results for accuracy and appropriate intervention.

  • Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.

  • Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.

  • Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.

  • Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.

  • Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).

*Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

  • Documents deviations and action taken.

  • Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.

  • Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels. Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.

  • Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results and implementing corrective action recommendations.

  • Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.

  • Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.

*Orients and mentors new employees and students.

  • Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.

  • Checks work prior to release.

  • Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.

  • Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed

Phlebotomy and other specimen collection techniques.

Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions.

Knowledge of cultural differences and culturally appropriate approaches.

Verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Customer Service standards.

Priority setting skills

Problem solving skills

Working knowledge of instrumentation and ability to take corrective action.

Working knowledge of laboratory information and reporting systems.

Knowledge of safety protocols, ergonomics and body mechanics.

Knowledge of infection control principles and practices.

Knowledge of emergency and other relevant policies and procedures.

Critical Thinking

Knowledge of laboratory testing and significance in human physiology.

Knowledge of relevant factors which can influence testing results.

Knowledge of laboratory policies and procedures that are based on CAP, COLA, AABB, FDA Blood Bank regulations and JCAHO standards, as appropriate to the work setting.

Knowledge of quality assurance principles and practices.

Knowledge of learning styles

Ability to assess needs and progress of trainee

Knowledge of developmental stages and age appropriate outcomes and interventions

Ability to accept cultural differences


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA ’88.

  • Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP or AMT). HEW certification is also recognized. If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer BS in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology

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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 2019-35581

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

Speciality Laboratory

Location University of MN Health Clinics and Surgery Center

Shift evening

Hours per 2 weeks 80

Department Labs - CSC Expenses