Laboratory Lead-Blood Bank

UnityPoint Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Primarily 0600-1430 or 0700-1530, every 4th weekend
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Description of Position:

Provide a “snapshot” or the principal purpose or focus of the position, consisting of no more than three to five sentences.  This summary should provide enough information to differentiate the major function and activities of the position from those of other positions.

The Technical Lead is responsible, under the direction of a Pathologist and the Manager, for assuring good laboratory practice for assigned pre-analytic, analytic, and post analytic laboratory workflows, specifically those processes related to sample handling/retention, quality control, testing and result reporting. Responsibilities include: 1) lean process improvement, 2) regulatory and accreditation compliance, 3) inspection readiness, 4) equipment, supplies and document management and 5) CLIA waived, moderately and highly complex testing.



Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  o not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

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Exceptional Care Delivery

·         Greets everyone with a pleasant and professional manner, using patient experience best practice guidelines (AIDET, 5/10 Rule and No-Point, etc).

·         Identifies patients and samples using two patient identifiers, always labeling samples in the presence of the patient.

·         Performs venous and capillary blood collections independently for patients of all ages within specified safety parameters, timelines and pace.

·         Performs sample processing, aliqouting, and preparation for transport.

·         Performs CLIA waived, moderately and highly complex testing in accordance with manufacturer specifications using good laboratory practice.

·         Demonstrates and actively shares knowledge of computer programs and systems for patient identification, order, sample tracking, reporting test results.

·         Utilizes supply items in a cost effective manner, recognizing when to reorder, and assisting with unpacking and/or restocking items consistent with Kanban workflows.

·         Achieves advanced understanding of lab tests to answer team member and provider questions in a way that assures mutual understanding.

·         Continually improves the work performance of self/others by proactively applying new knowledge/skills and training and/or supporting others within or outside the department.

·         Participates in maintenance of process control activities, such change control, proficiency testing program, as applicable, including evaluation and presentation of new kits, monitoring of survey results and auditing documentation for completeness.

·         Assists with the resolution of complex technical problems and issues, utilizing resources as needed and providing consultation and advice.

·         Assists in developing and assuring the continuing effectiveness of all technical, clerical and quality improvement activities of assigned workflows.  These activities include equipment and test validation, staff training, troubleshooting, procedure updating, result reporting, and quality assurance. 

·         Assists with development of the competency assessment program to ensure a properly functioning process that meets regulatory requirements

·         Participates in the design and implementation of validation studies for new and changed critical processes and instrumentation, as applicable



Committed Team

·         Works on administrative activities and on clinical workload as scheduling, staffing and workload allows. Scheduling is at the discretion of a Manager.

·         Assists Laboratory Managers in the day to day operations of the clinical departments.

·         Communicates clearly, openly, and consistently with management and team members to assure common access to hospital and department information to promote trust and confidence.

·         Prioritizes work in the best interest of the patient, sharing the work with team members.

·         Assists with training new employees and students, being helpful and supportive in their teaching.

·         Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

·         Attends department huddles, staff meetings and other required training.

·         Checks emails regularly for huddle minutes and important communications relevant to assignment.



Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA, CAP and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.




Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.



1.       Technical Lead (Blood Bank, Core Lab, or Microbiology):  Must be MT, MLS or MLT (ASCP) certified and have a minimum of two years of clinical laboratory experience.

2.       Technical Lead, Histology: Must be HT or HTL (ASCP) certified or equivalent and have a minimum of two years of clinical laboratory experience.

3.       Technical Lead, Cytology: Must be CT (ASCP) certificated or equivalent and have a minimum of two years of clinical laboratory experience







Two (2) years of hospital clinical experience or demonstrated clinical efficiency.





Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons. See Education section above.









Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.

Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.





Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position. Work may occasionally require travel.  May drive a UPH vehicle, rental or own vehicle.



Job ID: 76508

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