Purpose of the position
- The Laboratory Scientist will be expected to provide first-class services by applying skills and scientific knowledge to support accurate medical diagnosis and the wellbeing of our patients.
- In this role, you will perform a variety of laboratory tests and procedures to assist in diagnosing, monitoring, treating and preventing disease.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to successfully perform this job:
- Minimum qualification of Bachelor of Science Degree in Laboratory Science from an accredited University.
- Up-to-date complete registration and practicing licence
- Certification from the Association of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (AMLSCN)
- 1 - 4 years of experience in a medical laboratory, hospital or clinic.
- Relevant medical laboratory certification will be an added advantage.
- Completion of compulsory internship and national service (NYSC) or exemption.
Key Skills and Attributes:
- Hold Computer literacy
- Excellent Communication
- Working Under Pressure
- Humane, Empathetic and Supportive Bedside Manner
- Leadership and Teamwork
- Problem solving and Initiative
- Time Management and Organization
- Attention to Detail.
- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can become louder at times due to group discussions or activities.
- EHA Clinics is a tobacco-free environment.
What you’ll do
The Laboratory Scientist will support EHA Clinics Laboratory & Diagnostics department predominantly to:
- Collect and analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances to determine normal or abnormal findings.
- Operate sophisticated equipment and instruments to identify the results. Both technicians and technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians or other healthcare personnel order.
- Maintain quality results by running standards and controls, verifying equipment function through routine equipment maintenance and advanced troubleshooting; calibrating equipment utilizing approved testing procedures; monitoring quality control measures and protocols.
- Identify and communicate abnormal results by alerting supervisory personnel, the patient physician, or nurse.
- Identify the presence or quantity of drugs of abuse, therapeutic drugs, and toxic substances by operating toxicology instrumentation and performing manual methods for the performance of drug screens, blood alcohol levels, and carbon monoxide levels (Toxicology).
- Provide test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by operating chemistry equipment; performing hand chemistries (Chemistry).
- Provide test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by operating hematology, urinalysis, and coagulation equipment, performing manual methods of differentials (Hematology).
- Provide test results for patient diagnosis and treatment by operating equipment such as the gamma counter, spectrophotometer, densitometer, and through methods such as radioimmunoassay, enzyme immunoassay, and serological testing (Immunology).
- Provide physicians with information for the treatment of patient infection by performing technical procedures for the identification or susceptibility of bacteria, parasites, fungi, and mycobacteria (Microbiology).
- Ensure the patient of receiving compatible blood/blood components by completing blood typing, antibody screening, compatibility testing, and antibody identification procedures (Blood bank).
- Assure future retrieval of patient transfusion information by preparing patient packets and maintaining blood bank database (Blood bank).
- Organize work by matching computer orders with specimen labeling; sorting specimens; checking labeling; logging specimens; arranging reports for delivery, and keeping work surfaces clean and orderly.
- Use a Lab Information Management System for specimen tracking, results entry, and reporting.
- Contribute to a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers by following established standards and procedures, and complying with legal regulations.
- Maintain patient confidence by keeping laboratory information confidential.
- Serve and protect the Diagnostic firm by adhering to professional standards, laboratory policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and other pre-specified standards.
- Enhance laboratory services and laboratory reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
- Provide emotional support and measures to alleviate fear and anxiety.
- Assess patient and family readiness and identify learning needs.
- Lead/encourage multidisciplinary approach for patient’s discharge.
- Develop and implement the teaching plan utilising the patient education manual.
- Document patient and family education.
- Participate in voluntary community health activities to promote, maintain and restore health and prevent diseases.
- Adhere to Policies and Procedures.
- Adhere to EHA Clinics Code of Conduct as well as ethical standards of the field.
EHA Clinics requires all staff to keep their knowledge and skills up to date:
- S/he is expected to continue to learn throughout their career at EHA Clinics through continuing professional development (CPD).
- The professional body relating to specialist areas will have information on the type of CPD to be carried out and how much should be completed each year.
Key Areas of Note
- Ensure continuing education, training and development is undertaken to meet clinical governance guidelines for Continuing Professional Development and a Personal Development Plan.
- Keep up to date with relevant medical research, technology, and evidence-based medical practice by attending continuing education courses and professional meetings, reading journals, etc.
- Perform a variety of research and analysis tasks associated with the improvement of clinical care, medical diagnosis, and treatment where appropriate.
- Audit of clinical practice and review of relevant literature.
- Research unusual symptoms and treatment options, through consultation with physicians and other medical specialists.
- Provide literature reviews and the like; review, analyze and determine the significance of a variety of diagnostic test results.