Title: Donor Testing Technician I
Department: Donor Testing
Location: St. Paul, MN
Hours: Full Time, 1.0
Shifts: 3rd SHIFT
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, PTO and EST to name a few!
Supports and promotes department and organizational goals, mission and vision. Contributes to a culture that aligns with Memorial Blood Centers' values of respect, integrity, synergy, excellence and service.
Under general supervision, this position precisely and accurately performs sample handling/tracking/testing for one or more of the following: serologic testing for markers of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV), syphilis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), red cell antibody screen, NAT(PCR), Chagas (T CRUZI) and additional viral screening assays on both blood donor and patient samples. Completes all required ancillary duties including reporting of test results, quality control/quality assurance activities and record maintenance. Operates a variety of computer systems and lab equipment, performs periodic equipment maintenance as necessary, performs primary review of test records, monitors and maintains adequate laboratory supplies, provides excellent customer service to both external and internal customers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As defined by CLIA, this position is responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.
A. This position performs only (i) those tests that are authorized by the CLIA laboratory director and (ii) performs only those tests that require a degree of skill
commensurate with the individual's education, training or experience, and technical abilities.
B. When performing testing this position must
i. Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting, and maintaining records of patient test results;
ii. Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
iii. Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
iv. Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance;
v. Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director;
vi. Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications;
C. Promote and contribute to a culture of safety through compliance with all safety SOP's to include wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) I.e. safety goggles, gloves, lab coats and proper shoes. Promptly report all safety violation observations and/or safety concerns to the Donor Testing leadership team.
BS degree in chemical, biological, or clinical laboratory sciences with minimum requirement of 6 credits of biology and 6 credits of chemistry completed. OR BA in core sciences (approval is dependent on transcript review)
Graduate of CLIA approved degree program where laboratory experience was obtained and accompanies a working knowledge of good laboratory practices.
Must possess attention to detail, accurate in transcription of numbers, good written and oral communication skills, and computer input/retrieval skill; ability to work in a team environment or independently, good decision making skills, ability to work irregular hours or overtime as dictated by departmental needs. Must comprehend and apply clinical laboratory procedures and theory.
Prior lab work experience preferred
Memorial Blood Centers, a Division of Innovative Blood Resources, is an EEO/AA employer. We maintain a drug-free workforce and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing
Memorial Blood Centers