Laboratory Scientist - Non- Credentialed

UnityPoint Health

Requisition ID
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Scheduled Hours/Shift
Evenings, 10 hour shifts, 7 on with weekends 1100-2130
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


The laboratory scientist plays an important role in the lab.The laboratory scientist is the face of the lab interacting with patients and nursing personnel. The laboratory scientist is a Bachelor degreed individual who supports preanalytic, analytic and post analytic laboratory workflows. Responsibilities may include the following:1) registration; 2) registration/billing work queues; 3) inpatient, outpatient or outreach phlebotomy; 4) sample processing/aliqouting/ accessioning; and 5) CLIA waived and moderate complexity testing. Testing areas may include hematology, chemistry, coagulation, urinalysis, and microbiology.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities:


% of Time


Pre-Analytic workflows

· 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.

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

· Assists with sample transport, receiving, processing, aliqouting, accessioning and delivery of specimens to testing areas.

· Demonstrates knowledge of computer programs for patient identification, registration, registration work queues, order, and sample tracking.

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

· Achieves basic understanding of lab tests to answer patient questions in an easy to understand way.



Analytic workflows

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

· Works closely with MT/MLS/MLT with lab procedures/tests/training

· Works efficiently with the work flow and work load

· Documents routine instrument maintenance

· Troubleshoots and resolves instrument and equipment issues

· Documents, reviews and writes technical procedures for department

· Monitors technical practices to meet necessary standards, recommendations and requirements of voluntary and government agencies (CAP, TJC, CLIA).

· Strong knowledge of computer systems used on analyzers, Sunquest and EPIC



Post-Analytic workflows

· Appropriate reporting protocols

· Able to review reports for errors

· Understanding of Quality Management system


Committed Team

· 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 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 that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors

Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities

Foster Unity:

· Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.

· Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.

· Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.

Own The Moment: 


· Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

· Enthusiastically engage in our work.

· Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.

· Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.

Champion Excellence:

· Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.

· Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.

· Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.

Seize Opportunities:

· Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.

· Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.

· Have the courage to challenge the status quo.





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.





Bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical or clinical laboratory science or medical technology from an accredited institution





College or post-graduate laboratory experience

Hospital or Reference Laboratory experience




Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.







· Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

· Technical Aptitude- ability to learn new systems quickly

· Medical Terminology

· Basic laboratory skills

· Accountability

· Adaptability

· Professionalism

· Decision making skills

· Planning and Organizing skills

· Problem solving


· Knowledge of Quality Control standards

· Working knowledge of Statistics








Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.





SCOPE: Position has supervisory responsibilities? Yes? or No? If yes, complete below.

Number of Employees Supervised(Complete if position has supervisory responsibilities of individuals)






















Budget Control(Complete if position has budget responsibilities)

Annual Operating Budget(including payroll)


Annual Revenue/Sales


Other Scope Measurements

Pertinent to the position, such as number of beds, number of units/departments, number of employees leading, cases per month, etc.











Mental/Cognitive Demands:

(List any special mental and cognitive abilities required by the position in your specific environment) 

· Ability to work under time constraints

· Ability to understand and deal effectively with problems and opportunities

· Ability to deal with people effectively, patient, and respond professionally in all situations.

· Ability to maintain confidential information

· Must be able to communicate effectively with people of diverse, professional, educational and lifestyle backgrounds.

· Must be able to work independently and assume responsibility for timely completing of assigned functions

· Exercises sound judgement, seeking advice and technical guidance when appropriate.

· Performs effectively under stressful situations.




Physical Requirements

(Check all that apply if essential to perform job – with or without accommodations)

? Talk/Hear (communicate, detect, converse with, discern, convey, express oneself, exchange information)

? See (defect, determine, perceive, identify, recognize, judge, observe, inspect, estimate, assess)

? Stand or Sit (stationary position)

? Walk (move, traverse)

? Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, position)

? Climb (stairs/ladders) or Balance (ascent/descent, work stop, traverse)

? Bend/Stoop/Kneel

? Squat/Crouch/Crawl

? Reaching/Twisting

? Taste/Smell (detect, distinguish, determine)

? Pushing/Pulling


Lifting Requirements

(Check appropriate category to perform job – with or without accommodations)

? Level 1; Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

? Level 2; Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, pushing or pulling arm or leg controls or maintaining a production rate pace. Light work requires physical exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work.

? Level 3; Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

? Level 4; Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

? Level 5; Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of forces occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 


Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

(check all that apply)

? Normal Office Surroundings

? Vibration

? Exposure to Fumes

? Mechanical Hazards

? Exposure to Dust

? Chemical Hazards

? Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

? Electrical Hazards

? Wet and/or Humid

? Radiant Energy Hazards

? Noise

? Explosives Hazards

? Mists or Gases

? Burn Hazards


Precautions must be followed when working in any health care environment.


OSHA Categories

(Complete this OSHA section for clinical/patient related jobs)

? Category I: Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

? Category II: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur.

? Category III: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid, or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.


Job ID: 77204

Posted 18 days ago

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