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Clinical Lab Scientist

Location: Woodland Hills, CA Job Number: 916346 Date posted: 11/06/2020

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Description:

Performs pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical phase testing of all complexities as defined by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act/Amendment (CLIA) to include specialized tests and analysis in one or more areas of clinical laboratory such as Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Serology, Parasitology and chemical and morphological examinations to obtain data for use in diagnosis and recording laboratory test results. Analysis of test results are performed on the population serviced (e.g., neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric clients).

Note: FOR CLS WORKING AT THE RRL, SEE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT SECTION.



Essential Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.

  • Provides the highest level of patient care as defined by established standards and maintains confidentiality on all tests performed by the laboratory.

  • Performs and reports test results for all clinical laboratory procedures as assigned, both automated and manual, in the clinical laboratory department, without immediate review by the director, consultant, or supervisory team.

  • Demonstrates proficiency, competency and understanding of fundamental principles of clinical laboratory procedures with minimal amount of supervision.

  • Monitors and is accountable for test data, quality control, quality assurance, preventive maintenance, proficiency testing and all operations related to laboratory testing procedures.

  • Notifies Supervisory team of any irregularities of factors, which may influence test results.

  • Ability to trouble- shoot equipment and test methods.

  • Identifies and resolves unusual laboratory situations and notifies appropriate parties within shift.

  • Consults with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc. on the technical aspects of methodologies used, appropriateness of test utilization and interpretation of patient results.

  • Instructs new employees and/or Clinical Laboratory Scientist students in laboratory procedures within area the CLS assigned, in order that they may develop proficiency and understanding of the clinical laboratory methodology.

  • Provides training, guidance and pertinent technical information to Laboratory Assistants, support staff, clerks, CLS students and Medical Center personnel.

  • Discusses clinical laboratory problems of mutual interest with the Supervisory team, and lead technologist in order to develop a better communication link within the department.

  • Participates in work groups to work through problems, issues or goals of the department.

  • Assists in evaluating new tests procedures when requested and communicates to the Supervisory team the possibilities for their implementation.

  • Meets states requirements for mandatory CEUs.

  • As defined by established standards, works in a professional, cooperative and courteous manner.

  • Observes all laboratory, Kaiser Permanente and regulatory agency policies and procedures.

  • Maintains overall safety (including chemical and biological) of the department in accordance with established safety, infection control and procedure protocols.

  • Monitors supplies and reagents and notifies appropriate parties of par levels.

  • As necessary and appropriate, may perform any clerical or other duties of support staff/laboratory assistants that may be assigned such as performing phlebotomy on inpatients and outpatients.

  • Accepts responsibility of assisting in work areas not primarily his/her own. Operates computerized laboratory data systems/applications.

  • Participates in direct patient care by providing the patient with information to enhance the understanding of laboratory test, instructing the patient on specimen requirements and conditions for specialized testing and collecting from the patient samples to include blood, body fluids, secretions, and tissues for analysis.
  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A
  • Education
  • High School Education or General Education Development (GED) required.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • A current and valid California State Clinical Laboratory Scientist License (CLS)

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of and to utilize the principles, theories, practices, methodologies and techniques required of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
  • NOTE: ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REGIONAL REFERENCE LABS (RRL):
  • Function competently as a Licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in a high volume Laboratory demonstrating knowledge of principles, theories, practices, techniques. Must have Good communication skills and able to solve problems.
  • Experience in the automated instrumentation; knowledge testing principles; molecular based procedures; QC protocols; knowledge in autoverification, EIA, chemiluminence and IFA platforms;knowledge of method validations, and hematology validation, QC and calibration, manual diff count. (CORE LAB, includes AUTO CHEM, IMMUNOLOGY, HEMATOLOGY).
  • Experience and knowledge in using high complex methods employing electrophoresis,chromatography, and mass spectrometry, and Special Coagulation (SPECIAL CHEMISTRY, SPECIAL COAGULATION, BIOCHEMICAL GENETICS).
  • Experience in molecular microbiology, method validations, QC and calibration, and testing, and other viral studies (MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY/VIROLOGY).
  • Read, interpret, work-up and report culture results for all areas of Aerobic and Anaerobic Bacteriology; proficient in reading and interpreting stained smears; knowledge and ability to set-up and report automated/molecular identification and susceptibility testing and interpret results (BACTERIOLOGY)
  • NOTE: ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REGIONAL FLOW CYTOMETRY (LOS ANGELES):
  • One year recent experience in Flow Cytometry analysis such as leukemia / lymphoma phenotyping, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, T cell subset enumeration, DNA cell cycle analysis and cytochemical staining.
  • A Clinical Laboratory Scientist with a limited license will only qualify for a CLS position within their specialty and only applicable in the following departments at the Regional Reference Laboratories: Chemistry limited license qualifies for Automated Chemistry or Esoteric Chemistry CLS positions; Toxicology limited license qualifies for Esoteric Chemistry CLS positions; Immunology limited license qualifies for Molecular or Immunology CLS positions; Microbiology limited license qualifies for Bacteriology, Molecular or Immunology CLS positions; Hematology limited license qualifies for Hematology and Special Coagulation.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • One (1) year recent experience as a CLS.
  • Strong Medical Center Blood Bank experience


  • Notes:
  • Rotate through all departments of the laboratory including Blood Bank
  • Must be able to work well in life or death situations related to Transfusion Medicine. 
  • Perform pre-analytical duties including Phlebotomy.   
  • Work every Saturday or rotating Saturday/Sunday and Holidays as needed in one of the Woodland Hills Area locations with variable start times and days off.  
  • Shift schedule is variable, required to work 4, 6 or 8 hour shifts.  
  • Float as needed in Thousand Oaks Laboratory, Ventura Market Street or one of the Woodland Hills Area locations.
  • Primary Location: California,Woodland Hills,Woodland Hills Medical Center Additional Locations: Thousand Oaks 365 E. Hillcrest Dr. Medical Offices, 365 E. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks,California, 91360
    Ventura 4949 Market St. Medical Offices, 4949 Market St., Ventura,California, 93003
    Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Per Diem Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B02-L770|UFCW|Local 770 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Laboratory and Pathology Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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    Our clinical laboratory scientists, phlebotomists, and lab techs work in both outpatient clinics and hospital settings and have an opportunity to gain exposure to different areas, including chemistry, coagulation, hematology, urinalysis, and the blood bank. We also operate reference laboratories, which serve as hubs for specimen processing and analysis as well as specialized testing — such as microbiology and molecular biology. Offering modern facilities, advanced equipment, and scheduling options, we provide a dynamic environment in which you'll continue to learn and grow.

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