Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.
Position: Clinical Laboratory Assistant I/II – Shift
Level I: Under supervision, performs routine phlebotomy consisting of venipuncture and capillary collections and performs various support services and activities at Kern Medical.
Level II: Under supervision, assists in biological, chemical and related procedures of varied complexity; operates and maintains laboratory equipment and performs phlebotomy at Kern Medical.
Level I: This is the entry level of the Clinical Laboratory Assistant flexible series. Positions in this classification typically perform supervised routine and repetitive tasks according to established procedures. Incumbents may be promoted to the level of Clinical Laboratory Assistant II upon satisfactory completion of the competencies required, subject to recommendation by the department manager and the Hospital Chief Executive Officer and approval by the Vice President of Human Resources.
Level II: This is the journey level of the Clinical Laboratory Assistant flexible classification series. Positions in this classification may be assigned work of a more complex nature and assume responsibility for one or more related duties. Under the direction of a Clinical Laboratory Technologist, this position performs routine and repetitive tasks, follows established procedures and develops advanced skills in operating and troubleshooting automated equipment.
- Labels specimens;
- Performs arterial, venipuncture and capillary blood collections;
- Replenishes phlebotomy supplies on carts and at draw stations, as needed;
- Transports specimens within hospital and off-site to ancillary locations;
- Provides laboratory information to clients either by phone or in person;
- Inputs information into lab computer, prints patient reports, daily information and monitors laboratory sample collection information;
- Maintains a clean work area;
- Maintains and cleans laboratory equipment;
- Maintains and stocks supplies as directed;
- Dependent upon area of practice or department assignments, demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of the newborn, infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient ranging up to 100+ years of age.
Level II: In addition to the above:
- Assists professional staff in performing portions of various biological and chemical procedures of a technical nature;
- Assists in the set-up and operation of complex automated electronic equipment such as chemistry analyzers, cell counting equipment and other instruments used in technical laboratory work; performs minor equipment repairs when necessary;
- Processes serum from whole blood; draws blood from patients and centrifuges blood specimens for referral to professional clinical laboratory technologists;
- Concentrates specimens and may make primary inoculations of the test material to be cultured onto appropriate media;
- Prepares and stains slide preparations for microscopic examination;
- Performs skin tests; labels specimens;
- Transfers patient results from referral labs;
- Keeps records; orders and maintains supplies;
- Reviews staff assignments and monitors workflow to ensure timely completion;
- Assists with performing arterial blood draws;
OTHER FUNCTIONS: (Level I and Level II)
- Assists with training new personnel;
- Performs other related duties as required.
Level I: High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent. Courses in chemistry, anatomy, biology or related physical science are desirable.
Possession and maintenance of current State of California Department of Health Services issued Phlebotomy Technician I or II certificate. (Chapter 3, Division 2 of the Business and Profession’s Code and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations).
Possession of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee Certificate.
Level II: High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent AND two (2) years of experience in a clinical laboratory performing duties comparable to a Clinical Laboratory Assistant I.
Possession and maintenance of a current State of California Department of Health Services Phlebotomy Technician I or II certificate. (Chapter 3, Division 2 of the Business and profession’s Code and Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.)
Possession of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee Certificate
Both Levels: Possession and maintenance of a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card. Appointees not possessing the BLS card must successfully complete appropriate training and qualify for the BLS card within 60 days of employment.
Applicants must attach a copy of the following or the application may not be accepted:
State of California Department of Health Services issued Phlebotomy Technician I or II certificate.
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee certificate
Knowledge of: basic phlebotomy methods and techniques; fundamentals of physical and life sciences; universal precautions; sterile technique; use and care of laboratory equipment.
Ability to: understand and follow written and oral instructions; perform routine and repetitive laboratory tasks; organize and prioritize basic tasks; operate micro computer, associated software and peripheral equipment; communicate effectively and work well with others.
- Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
- Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
- Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals
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