Laboratory Assistant

Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Central Washington Hospital
Schedule: Pool Position
Shift: Day/Night Shift
Hours: Pool

Job Description


Position Summary:

  • Performs laboratory procedures in phlebotomy(both venous & arterial blood draws) and EKG. Inputs collection and receipt times into Laboratory Information System, cancels and orders tests as necessary.
Essential Functions:
  • Essential Functions:
    • Maintains phlebotomy cart in a sanitary and properly supplied condition at all times.
    • Greets patients in a courteous manner.
    • Verifies correct patient by checking 2 patient identifiers.
    • Uses proper technique in obtaining blood samples.
    • Draws blood properly and rarely misses a vein on any patient.
    • Labels the test tube immediately after procedure is completed with patient name, second identifier, date, time and employee ID number.
    • Disposes of used needles after use in sharpes containers, and does not recap needles
    • Uses time between test to departmental advantage by filling in with office work, assisting technical staff, performing general cleaning duties, putting away supplies, or performing other duties as necessary.
    • Seeks information or asks for assistance from appropriate personnel regarding patients who present difficulties.
    • Demonstrates competence in all procedures required by a phlebotomist in accordance with institutional policies, particular emphasis on blood samples and EKGs.
    • Obeys institutional policies and procedures regarding patient care, with special attention to biohazard procedures.
    • Knows various needles, anticoagulants, special handling, and preparation of tests that are to be performed.
    • Assists in orientation of new staff members as necessary.
    • Recognizes how the phlebotomist’s position and duties relate to the overall function of the laboratory and the hospital in view of patient care.
    • Assists in training new employees or students in phlebotomy
    • Demonstrates competence in drawing and processing specimens.
      • neonate – pediatric — adult — geriatric
    • Demonstrates understanding of specimen handling for referral testing. Able to set up add maintain a process for handling specimens for referral testing.
    • Orients / trains employees in handling of specimens to be referred to another lab for testing.
    • Follows through on tests or procedures left from a previous shift, and reports any incomplete assignments to assure continuity of procedures.
    • Coordinates tests to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency during assigned shift.
    • Attends to personal affairs to avoid interfering with work schedule
    • Limits personal telephone calls
    • Demonstrates an ability to assess the situation, consider alternatives, and choose the appropriate action
    • Performs duties in an independent manner.
    • Recognizes and performs duties that need to be performed although not directly assigned; regularly helps others.
    • Seeks guidance and direction as necessary for the performance of duties.
    • Assumes responsibility for ongoing professional development and continuing education.
    • Maintains supplies and orders as necessary.
    • Reports to supervisor any suggestion for positive changes or recommendations in department policies and procedures.
    • Increases knowledge of overall operation of the department in areas such as office procedures, ordering of supplies, and availability of reports.
    • Performs as a self-starter who needs no reminders of duties and tasks that need to be completed.
    • Participates in quality improvement activities to improve the quality of patient service.
    • Identifies problems and opportunities to improve patient services.
    • Reviews employee policies and procedures regularly to maintain a complete understanding of hospital regulations and new relevant and pertinent information.
    • Completes all mandatory in-service requirements.
    • Adapts to changes in methods and procedures with ease and confidence.
    • Strives to be an effective and productive member of the laboratory staff.
    • Maintains a professional appearance at all times; inspires patients, family, staff, and visitor confidence by communicating and working in a professional manner.
    • Supports hospital goals and philosophy.
    • Accepts and profits from constructive criticism; evaluates errors and changes accordingly.
    • Treats coworkers, patients, and physicians with respect, courtesy, and professionalism.
    • Establishes a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with members of the laboratory department, nursing, and physician.
    • Works well with supervisors and those in authority positions.
    • Handles telephone communications with courtesy, accuracy, and respect for confidentiality.
    • Communicates with empathy and positive interpersonal skills.
    • Avoids personality conflicts or being critical of others.
    • Demonstrates ability to help others in the department and still complete all assigned tasks.
    • Volunteers to adjust personal schedule in conjunction with the process of departmental scheduling and departmental need.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
  • Required:
    • High School graduate.
    • Medical Assistant Phlebotomist (MA-P) eligible.
    • Must possess basic computer skills related to Windows navigation, mouse usage, accurate keyboarding, email communication and password management.
  • Desired:
    • Experience preferred, but will train individuals who have completed course work and/or other applicable experience.
    • Basic understanding of microbiology process.
Additional Information

About Confluence Health: Confluence Health is an integrated, rural healthcare delivery system with two hospitals, multi-specialty care in 30+ service lines and primary care in 11 communities across north central Washington State. Our 270 physicians and 130 advanced practice clinicians serve an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and cover nearly every corner of this region through specialty outreach. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost effective manner. Our Setting and Lifestyle: We are located in the heart of Washington State and just 2.5 hours east of Seattle. Our region offers a diverse array of recreational opportunities in breathtaking landscapes, from alpine country to the high desert, orchards to vineyards, cross country skiing to fly fishing and everything in between. Cycling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking; it is all right here. The region also offers a family friendly environment with excellent schools and cultural and art activities for the entire family.