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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Senior Laboratory Assistant - Microbiology *Sign-On Bonus $5,000* in Orange, California

We are looking for a Senior Laboratory Assistant for the Microbiology Department at St. Joseph Hospital Orange.

Location: Orange, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

Job Summary:

Under the direction and supervision of the Division Supervisor, the Sr Lab Assistant ensures accurate and timely drawing, receipt, centrifugation, and delivery of laboratory specimens to appropriate departments and reference labs. Staff duties may include specimen collection (Phlebotomy), receiving, accessioning, plating and set up (Processing, Microbiology), and loading specimens on instruments and basic instrument maintenance (Chemistry, Hematology).

Essential Functions:

  • Ensures daily operations are accomplished by ordering tests, receiving specimens, evaluating specimen integrity, labeling all tubes / aliquots accurately, centrifuging specimens, distributing to divisions, preparing samples for send-out testing and processing all add on / miscellaneous tests.

  • Performs accurate data entry on orders, charges, documentation of edits, comments, combining accounts, cancellations and timely specimen receipt, and distribution in lab.

  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize and complete priorities first within established turnaround times, then complete remaining work with flexibility to meet customer service needs.

  • Maintains quality assurance in specimens by responding to tube / translogic system in a timely manner along with handling and storage requirements. Performs daily quality control procedures and documents as appropriate.

  • Loads automated line/instruments for testing under guidance of Clinical Lab Scientist along with basic instrument maintenance that does not require clinical judgment. Performs pre-analytical specimen processing per department policies.

  • Demonstrates timely and respectful response to phone inquiries, providing accurate information and assistance in clarifying orders.

  • Performs capillary and venous specimen collections while demonstrating ability to properly identify patients and verify accuracy of orders.

  • Labels, records and verifies specimen collection data on all tubes / aliquots / paperwork / NBS’s accurately, during and after specimen collection.

  • Assist in inventory ordering, stocking, cleaning, and other general maintenance activities.

  • Assists with orientation, training and competency evaluations of staff and completes own re-certifications, competencies and licensure in a timely manner.


  • Ability to perform blood specimen collections on infants, children and adults.

  • Ability to perform basic computer keyboard data entry.

  • Ability to problem solve within scope of training.

  • Ability to interact with other healthcare staff members in a professional courteous manner and demonstrates good communication / telephone skills.

  • Ability to follow directions regarding assigned tasks, dealing with priority tasks first, then complete remaining tasks within the established time frames.

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and maintain a pace appropriate to the workload.

Minimum Position Requirements:

Experience: 1 year experience as a Phlebotomist or Lab Assistant performing blood specimen collections, specimen processing, centrifuging and handling send out specimens to other Laboratories, or experience in working in a laboratory



  • Current California State Certificate for a Certified Phlebotomy Technician l (CPT1).

  • American Heart Association CPR card.

Preferred Position Qualifications:


  • 2 years experience in blood specimen collections.

  • 2 years experience performing specimen processing, centrifuging and handling send out specimens to other laboratories, or working in a laboratory division.

Compassion. Dignity. Justice. Excellence. Integrity.

These timeless values form the heart and soul of St. Joseph Hospital. They are the prime reason that we attract and retain high-caliber employees who believe in the sanctity of their work in our faith-based setting.

As a result of this affinity, most of our employees have remained with us for at least five years. Over 40 percent of our new employees were either referred by friends or applied to work at St. Joseph based on our reputation. It is little wonder, then, that retention rate is significantly higher than the average for healthcare institutions in our community.

Clinical Excellence

When you take the latest in medical technology and place it in the hands of highly skilled clinicians, recognition is sure to follow. In July 2007, 2008 and 2009, St. Joseph Hospital was named one "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedic Care by U. S. News and World Report. This highly esteem recognition is testimony to our unique blend medical science and compassionate, values-based care.

A haven that feels like home.

St. Joseph Hospital offers a unique environment in which healthcare givers who share a kindred spirit can do important work and grow both spiritually and professionally. Here, values-based employees view their jobs not simply as careers but also as callings.

Care to get acquainted? Then we warmly invite you to explore the many career opportunities offered by St. Joseph Hospital!

St. Joseph Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Category: Phlebotomist & Lab Support

Req ID: R344092