American Red Cross IRL Laboratory Technician in St Paul, Minnesota

Job Description:

We are looking for a full-time IRL Technician to work 2nd shift. This position will be assisting with the process to prepare the typed and tested blood product for distribution to our hospital clients. Strong customer service skill and attention to life-saving details is important in this role.

Responsibilities: 1. May perform telephone consultation including receiving and completing orders for antigen negative products. 2. Maintain equipment, reagents and other stock to assure the quality and accuracy of laboratory test procedures. Ensure adequate inventory of required supplies and prepares reagents. 3. Perform duties associated with supply and reagent management to include ordering, receiving, inspection, preparation, and quality control of supplies and reagents. 4. Perform duties associated with receipt, coordination, shipment and transport of patient and donor blood samples. 5. May perform and interpret basic donor and/or patient testing procedures, guided complex serologic problem resolution and complete required quality control, as appropriate to state and federal regulations. 6. May perform guided complex serologic problem resolution. 7. Recognize testing irregularities, identify the cause, determine the solution and resolve the problem or refers it to the appropriate level. 8. May perform manufacturing duties associated with special blood products, if applicable. 9. Perform inventory management, coordination and shipment duties associated with donor product inventory including the maintenance of the exceptional and rare donor products. 10. May perform antigen typing duties, as applicable. 11. Perform labeling and verification of blood products. 12. May perform duties associated with document development and management. 13. Adhere to procedures and good manufacturing practices (GMP). 14. Maintain, edit and review computer and manual records to assure accurate record keeping. Maintain accurate, legible and complete records. 15. May perform internal staff training and/or competency review, if applicable. 16. Perform other related duties as necessary. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of staff so classified.

Scope: Good written and verbal skills to communicate effectively with internal and external customers. Basic understanding of basic computer applications including Word. Must be able to work independently and demonstrate independent problem solving skills. On call responsibilities, as applicable.

Competencies: The duties and responsibilities mentioned in the job description are representative of the essential functions of the position. The performance management system incorporates competencies which are identified, discussed and evaluated in order to meet operational milestones and which are tied to job families and titles. Three types of competencies have been identified; Technical Competencies are job specific skills and methods, Core Competencies are the abilities and behaviors expected of all Biomedical Services employees, Leadership Competencies are specific abilities and behaviors required of those performing formal management roles or other leadership roles (i.e. Project Leaders). Management and staff should contact Human Resources for further details on the appropriate competencies for a specific position.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements: The duties are representative of the essential functions of the position. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Available to work overtime, other shifts, early mornings, evenings, holidays and weekends. Requires standing, stretching, stooping and bending for extended time periods. Lift, pull, push and move objects of up to 50 pounds. May work in walk-in refrigerator/freezers for periods of time. Work under pressure and within time standards. Required to wear protective clothing such as lab coats, gloves, face shields, etc. when there is exposure to blood and blood products and/or where work location requires. Ability to use a wide variety of lab or medical equipment. Ability to use a personal computer and applicable software for sustained periods of time. Exposure levels are based on the essential functions as stated in this position description; however, in some instances, variances may occur due to the applicable nature of this position within a particular work site. Therefore the work site may determine the exposure level to be greater than or less than the below stated level. This position is an exposure determination 1 in view of the fact that the position requires the incumbent work under conditions where the potential exists for the incumbent to make contact with blood or blood components as a result of splashes, spills, and/or needlesticks. Potential exists to also be exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree with major in biological science or chemistry with 1 year experience of laboratory testing or MLT (ASCP) certification or equivalent required. Three years of blood bank experience desired. State license may be required where applicable.

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