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Laboratory Assistant - Laboratory HH

Company: St. Joseph Health
Location: Healdsburg
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

We are looking for a Laboratory Assistant for the Laboratory HH Department at NorCal HealthConnect.

Location: Healdsburg, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly hours

Shift: 8 hour, Days (Variable)

Job Summary:

Perform venipuncture and micro collection technique on patients. Functions include appropriately identifying, labeling and processing all samples. The Lab Assistant will comply with all requirements as defined by the laws and regulations relating to Clinical Laboratories from the state of California Business and Professional Code and the California Code of Regulation. Punctual and predictable attendance is a requirement of this position.

Essential Functions:

* Performs venipuncture and micro collection techniques to obtain appropriate samples for laboratory testing. Prioritizes workload as necessary. * Standard: * Blood is accurately drawn without injury to the patient. * Uses aseptic techniques when performing venipuncture or micro collection techniques on patients in both healthy and comprised situations. * Collection of blood includes blood cultures, which are done using stringent collection criteria to avoid needle stick injury and contamination when inoculation the specimen into the blood culture bottles. * Standard precautions are consistently practiced and personal protective equipment is consistently used where appropriate. * Life threatening emergency situations is responded to appropriately according to policy and procedure.

* Properly identifies patients according to laboratory guidelines. Properly and accurately labels all specimens. * Standard: * When drawing patients, checks patient's identification (armband, ID card) against orders reviewing name, date of birth, account number, and medical record number. Labels each tube correctly with initial, date, and time and next to the patient.

* Understands the specimen requirements for each test ordered before drawing a patient. * Standard: * Each specimen is accurately collected. * Specimen container references are checked to verify type of tube needed. If information is not available in the reference manual.

* Builds and maintains effective working relationships with others. Deals with patients, physicians, employees, and visitors in a friendly and cordial manner, in person or on the telephone, thus promoting a positive service image. * Standard: * Practices telephone courtesy, creates positive first impressions, and maintains appropriate patient/client contact, in keeping with the core values. * Honest and tactful in both pleasant and unpleasant situations. * Develops relationships of cooperation, trust and teamwork with associates, no matter how diverse their backgrounds, education, or experience. * Seeks consensus in those situations where it is required, and is respectful of others regardless of personal values. * Willingly accepts directions by manager.

* Maintains strictest confidence as required under HIPAA for all patient Protected Health Information (PHI). All PHI is protected from accidental or intentional, inappropriate disclosure one hundred percent (100%) of the time. * Standard: * Reviews patient information in a secure location that limits access to patient charts/information to those with a need to know. * When discussion is necessary uses only as much patient information as is necessary to provide appropriate care within the full scope of this role. * Does not disclose, divulge, or discuss any PHI information not directly related to providing patient care and education with anyone. * Takes all necessary physical precautions to secure patient information including but not limited to securing charts, paperwork when leaving work station, continuously using hospital computer security precautions, limiting discussion when unauthorized personnel or public are present.

* Inventories and stocks phlebotomy supplies in supply area at work station. * Standard: * Supply inventory is sufficient to support 2 weeks of normal operations. * Collection kits for urine and microbiology specimens are stocked for facility collection.

* Checks pending list for the general laboratory sections at least three times a shift and reviews any outstanding orders immediately with technologist and/or lead processor. * Standard: * Pending lists are to be pulled and reviewed at least at the beginning, middle, and end of shift by the technologist or assistant working in the sections. * Any outstanding requests are to be completed immediately or cause for pending explained and so noted in the communication log.

* Prepares specimens for testing by centrifugation when necessary and notifies technologist of any stats or specimens with special instructions. * Standard: * The centrifuge is operated at proper setting for the various specimen requirements and serum and plasma is aliquotted into appropriate tubes according to procedure. * Aliquotted tubes are stored at the correct temperature. * Send outs are prepared for courier distribution at the specified times designated by the referral laboratory.

* Stroke Program: Takes an active role in job specific stroke education and training. * Performs other duties as assigned to support the department's objectives. * Standard: * Performance to be evaluated in terms of: * Cooperation. * Accuracy. * Adherence to instructions. * Completed within designated time lines.

Skills:

* Attention to detail. * Strong communication skills (written and verbal). * Works effectively with others. * Ability to anticipate, recognize and meet the needs of patients. * Demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education: H.S. Diploma or GED or equivalent educ/experience

License/Certification: Valid CA Phlebotomy Technician I Certificate.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Education: Associate's Degree with some science classes.

Experience:

* 6 months as Data entry/computer experience. * Experience in a laboratory setting; hospital preferred.

Providence St. Joseph Health (Providence) has worked for decades to improve health and quality of life in California's North Bay region, starting in Sonoma County, where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1950. Today, we continue the mission begun by the Sisters to those we serve through an integrated spectrum of primary, urgent, acute, outpatient, palliative care and regional referral services. Sonoma County facilities aligned with Providence include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region's only Level II trauma center. In addition, the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital and 43-bed Healdsburg Hospital are secular (non-religious) affiliates of Providence. Our services also encompass three Urgent Care centers, Hospice of Petaluma, Memorial Hospice and North County Hospice, the Annadel Medical Group doing business as St. Joseph Health Medical Group, as well as the St. Joseph Home Care Network (post-acute care services). We act as a regional referral hub for outlying hospitals, while also providing outpatient behavioral health care, education to promote health and prevent chronic disease, rehabilitation, oral health care, community benefit programs, and more, all fostering health and quality of life throughout the area.

Providence provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Providence complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Keywords: St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa , Laboratory Assistant - Laboratory HH, Other , Healdsburg, California

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