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Rush University Medical Center Medical Technologist 3 - Lead Tech, Blood Bank in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title:

Medical Technologist 3 - Lead Tech, Blood Bank


RML Blood Bank Admin


4th (Rotating)


Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)


Blood Bank

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Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced, self-directed and highly motivated Medical Technologist 3 - Lead Tech to join our Blood Bank Laboratory team at Rush University Medical Center !

General Summary :

This position is responsible for performing all assigned laboratory testing and reporting for the testing area. This position requires teamwork to achieve common goals and meet deadlines to provide quality care to clients and patients. Demonstrates proficiency in identifying and resolving process issues that affect the laboratory's ability to perform laboratory testing. Serves as an expert within the assigned field of responsibility. Instructs students, residents, and new employees. Evaluates their performance within established deadlines. Participates in presenting case studies or in-services. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures. Must adhere to the Rush code of Conduct and Rush ICARE values: Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence, executing these values with compassion.

Position Responsibilities :

  • Instructs students, residents, and new employees. Evaluates their performance within established deadlines

  • Participates in presenting case studies or in-services.

  • Recognizes QC problems, shifts, drifts, or discrepancies, determines root cause and is able to resolve. Notifies appropriate supervisor or designee regarding QC problems or discrepancies according to the established procedure. Easily determines when escalation is needed.

  • Required to oversee and maintain a clean, clutter free and well organized area of responsibility

  • Required to prepare and present one inter-laboratory continuing education presentation per year.

  • Participates in, prepares and presents quality improvement initiatives accomplished in the laboratory.

  • Will be responsible for any combination of the following:

  • Inventory management

  • Key facilitator for an instrument or work flow process

  • Quality or Safety Officer

  • Mentoring and training MT1 and MT2

  • Assist in inspection preparation

  • Performs Laboratory Testing

  • Utilizes required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined by the lab area. Labels and processes specimens properly. Performs all laboratory procedures efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision once trained. All testing must be done following Rush approved Policies and Procedures. Acts as a technical resource for the testing area.

  • Quality Control and Preventative Maintenance

  • Performs required quality control (QC) procedures and preventative maintenance, including corrective action and documentation, for all procedures and instrumentation. Recognizes QC problems or discrepancies and attempts to determine the cause of problem. Notifies appropriate supervisor or designee regarding QC problems or discrepancies according to the established procedure. Acts as a resource for identifying and solving quality control issues and escalating these when appropriate.

  • Troubleshooting

  • Performs basic and advanced troubleshooting of equipment and processes with minimal assistance, documents action and notifies appropriate personnel, for example, supervisors, of problems all of the time. Demonstrates troubleshooting proficiency and therefore rarely needs to seek additional help.

  • Organization of Work Area

  • Keeps work area neat, clean, organized, and well stocked at all times. Disinfects area at the beginning and end of each shift

  • Specimen Acceptability

  • Accepts no inappropriate specimens. Notifies appropriate person of specimens that must be drawn or collected again and documents the notification.

  • Turnaround Time Expectations

  • Meets turnaround time expectations by prioritizing and organizing the workload for the shift. Monitors the pending list periodically to ensure turnaround time of all samples

  • Time Management

  • Utilizes time effectively and seeks out additional job duties when shift tasks are complete. Completes work without incurring overtime. Assists fellow workers to finish shift tasks. Adheres to the defined allotted time for breaks and lunch

  • Continuing Education

  • Required to obtain and document 12 hours of laboratory continuing education per year. Required to prepare and present a minimum of 15 minutes of continuing education within the department.

  • Special Projects

  • Accepts and/or volunteers for method evaluations and new procedure development or other special projects and completes them within an agreed upon time frame. Participates in procedure implementation and training of new staff and students. Required to identify and participate in process improvement projects.

  • Tech-in-Charge

  • Required to perform the duties of the tech-in- charge for specified periods of time. Oversees operations according to departmental guidelines. Understands when to defer issues to appropriate personnel, for example a supervisor or director, and does so.

  • Report Reviewing and Results Reporting

  • Reviews lab results as required and takes appropriate action before verification and release. Recognizes and calls critical results within defined time frames. Reviews paper generated results and transcribes accurately into the Lab Information System.

Position Qualifications :

  • Bachelor degree in relevant science required, Master of Science degree in relevant discipline preferred.

  • Current Medical Technologist (MT / MLS- ASCP please see ) certificate required.

  • Five years of laboratory related experience required. Some lab divisions may require more.

  • Current knowledge of medical and laboratory terminology strongly preferred.

Company Highlights:

  • Rush was recently ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Eleven Rush programs were recently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among 102 leading academic medical centers in the US in a study conducted by the health care services company Vizient.

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush offers a competitive salary, and valuable healthy living benefits including: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.