Laboratory Assistant - Specimen Processing

Hennepin County Medical Center Minneapolis, MN

We are currently seeking a Lab Assistant to join our Specimen Processing team. This full time role will work evenings, including every 3rd weekend.

Under general supervision, performs work which involves collecting and/or processing laboratory specimens, entering data into the electronic health record (EHR) and/or the laboratory information system (LIS). Interacts and communicates with patients, their families, and members of the healthcare team by using various communication tools in a timely and professional manner.


Specimen Processing:

* Assists in maintaining supplies, helping with inventory, and placing orders

* Assists with training of new staff and students

* Utilizes the electronic health record (EHR), the laboratory information system (LIS) and the email system to efficiently complete daily tasks

* Utilizes the laboratory information system (LIS) to monitor the appropriate test pending logs and communicate to the technical staff to ensure testing is not delayed

* Performs all specimen processing functions to receive and process specimens according to laboratory protocol, including, but not limited to:

* Specimen labeling using proper patient identification techniques

* Preparing specimens to be sent out to reference laboratories

* Performs urine collections for urine drug screens and complete proper paperwork

* Operates laboratory equipment for which they have received applicable training and supervisor approval to perform

* Other duties as assigned for which they have received applicable training and supervisor approval to perform


Minimum Qualifications:

* High school diploma or GED, plus completion of an approved three month course in clinical laboratory technique

* OR-

* Completion of ten quarter credits of biology or chemistry college courses and one year of experience in a clinical laboratory setting

* OR-

* One year and six months of experience in a clinical laboratory setting

* OR-

* An approved equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Qualifications:

* Certified or certified eligible with a nationally accredited phlebotomy association

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:

* Customer Service skills