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Glendive Medical Center Lab Assistant in Glendive, Montana

The Medical Laboratory Assistant will obtain and prepare specimens for analysis, perform clinical laboratory procedures including CLIA waived, point-of-care tests and quality assurance.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None


  • Obtains blood specimens and receives nonblood specimens such as urine, sputum, and throat swabs for laboratory testing. Demonstrates working knowledge of pre-analytical phase of specimen collection to assess acceptability of samples for testing including recognizing substandard specimens (i.e., Lipemic, hemolyzed, under filled, etc....).

  • Performs tests and reports results for those acceptable under CLIA guidelines.

  • Processes specimens to prepare them for laboratory testing including centrifugation, aliquoting, storage and shipping. Prepares specimens for reference laboratory dispatch and testing. Resolves ambiguous and/or unusual test orders by contacting the physician of the order, pathologist, nursing station, or reference laboratory. Refers unresolved orders back to the originator for further clarification before collecting samples or processing specimens. Makes the supervisor aware of unresolved orders.

  • Contributes to the general laboratory functions and institutional needs. Attends regular department staff meetings and in-service training. Maintains compliance with laboratory and hospital policies and procedures, and safety practices. Keeps work area neat and clean and restocks and maintains laboratory supplies daily.

  • Provides support for clinical testing including preparation of slides, loading instruments and result reporting as appropriate under CLIA regulations.

  • Performs and documents all Medical Laboratory Assistant duties /logs as required by the laboratory supervision and appropriate regulatory requirements.

  • Performs clerical functions.

  • Establishes a good working relationship with providers, nursing staff, patients and co-workers.

    Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent ability to learn and apply knowledge completed for the on-the-job training provided by the Medical Laboratory Assistants and guided by the Lab Supervisor.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and certification for CPR preferred (Basic Life Saver, BLS).

  • Good interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Good organizational skills with superb attention to detail.

  • Good time management and prioritization skills for multiple duties.

    Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent.

  • Previous experience or education in a health-related field helpful.

  • Phlebotomy certification preferred.

    Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Prolonged periods of standing and walking to and from sample collection and while running tests.

  • Ability to move 30 to 40 pounds to stock supplies and support patients.

    Glendive Medical Center (GMC) conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without any regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    GMC promotes a drug and alcohol-free workplace. Offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing pre-employment screenings.