Catholic Health Initiatives Lab Assistant - Microbiology Lab PRN (Varied) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Lab Assistant - Microbiology Lab PRN (Varied)



May work in various laboratory departments to collect

blood specimens from hospital patients, work with microbiology or anatomic

pathology specimens, or work independently at remote Patient Service Centers. Creates patient encounters, orders laboratory

tests, and prepares specimens for testing. Assists technical personnel in

sample log-in, testing workflow, and specimen tracking, as appropriate for

patient age including neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and

geriatric adults.


  • Accepts specimens and requisitions fromexternal and internal customers utilizing excellent customer service skills.

  • Identifies patients/specimens using two uniquepatient identifiers and accurately labels specimen containers.

  • Correctly registers specimens and logs into LaboratoryInformation System (LIS) appropriate to department where testing is to beperformed as needed, or evaluates specimen adequacy and acceptability and logsinto LIS.

  • Performs specimen processing asneeded. For example, properidentification, aliquoting, plate streaking, preparing slides, specialhandling, and required documentation.

  • Follows established proceduresand policies including infection control and bloodborne pathogens.

  • Handles chemicals according toestablished safety protocols.

  • Meets defined workloadproductivity standards. Supports andutilizes LEAN principles.

  • Works proficiently with laboratory information systemsand personal computers.

  • Follows established procedures and policies to obtainoptimal test turn-around-times.

  • Participates in teaching peers.

  • Handles incoming and outgoingtelephone calls utilizing good customer service skills and knowledge of thelaboratory.

  • Follows up on and documents outof range temperatures.

Additional Functions As Needed:

Phlebotomy -

  • Accuratelyand efficiently performs venipunctures, and finger sticks ensuring collectionof proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.

  • Preparesspecimens for testing.

Microbiology –

  • Performs limited testing under supervision oftechnical staff.

  • Performs instrument maintenance according to established protocols.

Histology –

  • Assistsin gross room.

  • Preparesarea and assists pathologists for frozen section testing.

  • Distribution/filingof slides and blocks.

  • Assist in preparation of cancer conference presentations.

  • Distribution/filing of slides and blocks.

  • Assist with pathology quality assurance tracking.

Reference Lab -

  • Accuratelyand efficiently performs venipunctures, heel sticks and finger sticks ensuringcollection of proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.

  • Maydrive to patient service centers to perform phlebotomy services as needed.



  • High school diploma or GED required.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abusetraining specific to population served within 3 months of hire.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory experience preferred.

  • Computer skills required .

  • For Reference Lab: valid Iowa driver’s license required. Must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle SafetyStandards and be at least 18 years of age.

Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health


Daily Schedule Varied

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0158114

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.