Lab Assistant - PRN in Los Alamos, NM at LifePoint Health

Date Posted: 1/7/2021

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Job Description

Los Alamos Medical Center

Los Alamos Medical Center is a community Hospital located in the beautiful mountain community of Los Alamos, NM, surrounded by the powerful Jemez Mountains. Los Alamos is a health oriented community that is proud to have its own ski hill, golf course, aquatic center where Olympic swim teams train, the best schools in the state of NM, outstanding hiking trails, is a very safe community and is the home of Los Alamos National Labs. Local historical and beautiful sites (Santa Fe, Taos) are within an hour’s drive of Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Medical Center is committed to its quality initiatives and a culture of safety, is invested in the growth of its staff and thus supports ongoing education, certifications and other ongoing learning, and extends numerous recognition programs to all of its staff.

Essential Functions

Labels, processes and delivers specimens for testing.

Collects blood specimens using age-appropriate techniques.

Verifies patient and specimen identification before performing any procedure according to standard procedure.

Confers with patients to obtain the information needed for laboratory records, explain the procedure, allay fears and elicit cooperation.

Collects drug screens according to the chain of custody guidelines and procedures.

Distributes samples to appropriate laboratory within expected deadlines immediately after collection.

Processes incoming requisitions and samples according to specimen processing protocols.

Centrifuges specimens and delivers specimens to correct testing area, and stores blood samples for subsequent testing.

Allocates the appropriate amount of specimen to the appropriate tubes for the different tests and panels.

Verifies samples collected by non-laboratory personnel are properly collected, labeled and matched with the appropriate request or barcode labels for appropriate testing.

Enters patient demographics and order into laboratory computer system.

Investigates and verifies unusual orders with the units, physicians, and/or reference lab.

Queries, prints, faxes, mails and/or charts any reports to the appropriate person/unit/office that requires manual reporting.

Performs clerical duties, including answering phones, data entry, and filing.

Completes and documents scheduled and unscheduled computer maintenance to include changing ribbons and labels, resetting terminals, downing terminal, logging in and out of system and cleaning workstation.

Trains students or new employees as directed.

Utilizes the laboratory and hospital QA/PI plans to continually improve processes and designs.

Performs a variety of routine blood drawing procedures to include venipuncture and finger/heel stick techniques using the appropriate equipment while following the criteria set for age appropriateness following laboratory collection protocols. Record appropriate collection information on the collection containers.

Investigate and verify unusual orders with the units, physicians, and/or reference lab.

Stock supplies and maintains inventory

Perform pending log and uncollected specimen list checks throughout shift and utilize for handoff communication documentation. Resolve issues found therein

Job Requirements

Minimum Education
High school diploma or equivalent required 

Phlebotomy course or prior phlebotomy training preferred.

Required Skills
Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.

National phlebotomy certification such as ASPT or ASCP preferred.

Minimum Work Experience
Previous phlebotomy experience preferred

Required Skills
BLS within 90 days of hire

New hires will have ninety (90) days from date of hire to obtain American Heart Association certifications. Notwithstanding this ‘grace period’ for obtaining American Heart Association certifications, employees are not excused from being current in any and all existing certifications that are required for their position as outlined in the position job description


Equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran