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Cinical Laboratory Scientist - Generalist
Ref No.: 16-00002
Location: Los Angeles, California
Position Type:Full Time/Contract
Experience Level: 1 Years
Start Date: 01/04/2016
This is for dayshift 7:00 am. to 3:30 pm, adjustable to +/- 0.5 hour if needed.
Job Description for Clinical Laboratory Scientist attached.
Los Angeles County Client Ambulatory Care Network
Comprehensive Health Care Laboratory Services (CHCLS)
H. Claude Hudson + E. R. Roybal + El Monte CHC Laboratories


DEPARTMENT: Laboratories and Pathology: CHC Laboratories Services

POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I

FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I

POSITION DEFINITION: This position reports to the Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist II and I, and the Clinical Laboratory Scientist II, for daily direction and problem solving. Performs a variety of standardized clinical laboratory tests within a specialized area or across specialty line using manual or instrumented methodology.

POSITION DUTIES: : Per Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 1200) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC) and/or Titles 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR) and CFR, CLIA regulations, Title 42 Chapter IV Subchapter G Part 493 Subpart M Personnel for Nonwaived Testing Laboratories Performing High Complexity Testing. 493.1495, testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.

(a) Each individual performs only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training or experience, and technical abilities.
(b) Each individual performing high complexity testing must
(1) Follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results;
(2) Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens;
(3) Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed;
(4) Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance;
(5) 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;
(6) Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications; and
(7) Except as specified in paragraph (c) of this section, if qualified under 493.1489(b)(5), perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor qualified under 493.1461.
(c) Exception. For individuals qualified under 493.1489(b)(5), who were performing high complexity testing on or before January 19, 1993, the requirements of paragraph (b)(7) of this section are not effective, provided that all high complexity testing performed by the individual in the absence of a general supervisor is reviewed within 24 hours by a general supervisor qualified under 493.1461.
[57 FR 7172, Feb. 28, 1992, as amended at 58 FR 5236, Jan. 19, 1993; 60 FR 20050, Apr. 24, 1995]

In addition, the following pages list Clinical Laboratory Scientist I job duties as required by Los Angeles County Human Resources.


POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I

I. Technical Skills
  1. Performs moderate to very complex procedures on patient specimens.
  • Produces accurate results.
  • Dates, initials or signs laboratory documents as required.
  • Reports results according to protocols.
  • Special assignments are completed as instructed and require minimal modification.
  1. Performs moderate to very complex procedures on patient specimens.
  • Computer input has minimal clerical/data entry errors.
  1. Passes competency testing per CHCLS Competency Program.
  1. Serves as competency assessor for positions subordinate to Clinical Laboratory Scientist I.
  1. Performs Phlebotomist, Laboratory Assistant and clerical duties when necessary to maintain service.

II. Quality Assurance
  1. Always conducts performance checks and calibrates laboratory instruments.
  • Follows protocol for running controls
  • Follows protocols for proficiency testing samples and handling of appropriate paperwork within specified time.
  1. Evaluates media, reagents and standards according to established criteria.
  • Performs and documents procedures for reagent and material evaluation.
  1. Always conducts established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagents, media and products.
  • Performs and records QC functions within specified time frames.
  1. Always evaluates results of quality control, implements corrective action when indicated and documents action.
  • Notifies Tech II or Lab Manager or designee of discrepant or unexpected results within expected time frame.
  • Documents and implements corrective action as necessary and utilized time-line format as needed.


POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I

  1. Always evaluates abnormal and critical value results per guidelines.
  • Utilizes guidelines pertinent to test/test type.
  • Repeats critical value specimens prior to reporting.
  • Repeats other abnormals per guidelines.
  • Documents and records findings, phone calls, etc., for abnormal and critical values.
  1. Recognizes biohazardous specimens and processes them properly using universal/standard precautions.
  1. Anticipates and recognizes errors and responds appropriately.
  • Always takes appropriate action in discrepant or unexpected test results.
  • Assists other technologists in the review of results to aid in preventing the release of erroneous results.
  1. Observes established safety procedures.
  • Always wears gloves and other safety equipment as mentioned in the safety manual.
  • Follows established safety procedures.

III. Productivity
  1. Determines lab request priority at the bench to ensure optimal patient care and optimal efficiency.
  • Able to prioritize/reorganize in response to STAT requests.
  1. Utilizes an efficient, organized workflow system.
  • Consistently completes work within acceptable time limits.
  • Able to organize and prioritize work assignments during heavy workload times in order to expedite resulting.
  • Able to perform several tasks simultaneously during peak workload times.
  1. Utilizes time, materials, and resources efficiently.


POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I
  • Utilizes spare time in work related activities by seeking out and contributing to easing other laboratory needs.
  • Coordinates efforts to effectively work with others in a productive manner.
  • Consults supervisor for additional assignments in light workload situations.

  1. Maintains lab instrument and equipment.
  • Performs maintenance as scheduled or when asked to do so.
  • Maintains an appropriate inventory of supplies at the bench.
  1. Recognizes and corrects basic instrument malfunctions. Refers advanced or serious instrument problems to the Prime Operator, Tech II or Lab Manager.
  • Always records maintenance and any other corrective action performed.
  • Always notifies Tech II, Lab Manager or designee if instrument or procedure problems are evident.
  1. Instruction
  1. Provides clinical orientation and supervision for students and new or less experienced laboratory personnel. May lecture, provide lab instruction or demonstration.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills by conveying necessary information accurately and listening effectively.
  • Handles student evaluations appropriately.

VI. Interpersonal Skills
  1. Keeps Lab Manager informed of unusual patient data and results.
  • Maintains ongoing communications with superiors.
  1. Maintains a professional attitude and conduct regarding interactions with other health professionals.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships which are respectful, caring and courteous.


POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I
  1. Exhibits teamwork among coworkers and other employees.
  • Interacts with fellow works in a way that promotes a cooperative team environment.
  1. Maintains integrity.
  • Exercises a high level of critical judgement.
  • Carries out duties with the highest quality standards in mind.
  1. Demonstrates consideration for patients, laboratory staff and other persons involved in the health care delivery system.
  • Interacts in a cordial manner.
  • Complaints from others are minimized - less than three (3) per year.
  • Uses proper grammar and correct spelling when communicating in written form.

VII. Professional Skills
  1. Practices medical ethics in all matters related to patient medical information.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality including any approved tests performed on other health care workers.
  1. Establishes orderliness in the workplace and writes legibly.
  • Can read writing.
  • Keeps work area orderly.
  1. Displays initiative and responsibility for professional growth.
  • Participates in continuing education programs and inservice education as required.
  • Attends meetings as required or reads and initials meeting minutes.
  • Makes suggestions to improve work quality.
  • Maintains awareness of changes in procedure and protocols.
  • Learns new procedures and implements them within a reasonable time frame.
  • Retains knowledge.
  1. Responds to criticism and challenges of the profession in a positive and constructive manner.
  • When change or criticism is necessary, response is accepted and applied constructively.


POSITION TITLE: Clinical Laboratory Scientist I
  1. Minimizes absences and reports to work in a dependable manner.
  • Complies with department, facility and Client guidelines.
  • No more than 12 absent occurrences in a year other than scheduled time off.
  • Late arrivals per year kept at a minimum other than pre-approved or twelve (12) P days instances.
  • Arrives at work on time, begins work promptly, and is available until the end of the shift.
  • Dress is neat, clean, and appropriate; nametag is worn, and ID picture is visible.

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