In 1979, the Rhode Island Blood Center was established by the hospitals in Rhode Island as a private, not for profit agency to collect, test, and distribute blood products. Today, the Rhode Blood Center is a division of New York Blood Center and is among the nation's premium providers of blood products and services and an integral part of the Rhode Island community's health care system. As of December 2018, the Rhode Island Blood Center employs approximately 320 full- and part-time employees. Our employees are committed to the Blood Center's mission of providing a safe and adequate blood for patients within our community. We seek individuals who are caring and compassionate, who take pride in their work, and are looking for a rewarding experience. At the Rhode Island Blood Center, you not only have a job but also the opportunity to make a difference.
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This position is responsible for the execution of testing and quality control (QC) procedures following Standard Operating Procedures, as assigned. Testing includes routine donor testing in large batches, as well as component qualifications. This position is responsible for proper disposition of components based on test or QC results. This position also works with the Supervisor of Client Testing to ensure appropriate test menus are completed as ordered and reported.
• High complexity testing of donor blood samples with proper technique and documentation according to the procedures of the Rhode Island Blood Center, including computer and physical quarantine. Carrying out all procedures in a reasonable time frame as determined by supervisory personnel.
• Labeling of blood components including proper checking and documentation according to the procedures of the Rhode Island Blood Center Laboratory.
• Performing and documenting quality control procedures on a regular schedule.
• Successful participation in proficiency testing and annual competency assessment programs.
• Recognizing equipment malfunctions and evaluating need for adjustment for repairs. Notifying Supervisor in writing of any equipment malfunctions or unacceptable quality control results, as established for each quality control procedure.
• Generating client reports for donor testing.
• Preparing samples for outside testing.
This position is a Second Shift position. Five 8 hour shifts or Four 10 hour shifts.
MLT, BB, MT or equivalent, or SBB (ASCP) certification. Must meet requirements for Testing Personnel for a Highly Complex Laboratory as described in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988.
Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds. Must also be able to stand for long periods and sit, stand, walk and lift alternately throughout the duration of the shift.
Data entry skills preferred.
The proposed hourly wage for the Laboratory Tech I position is $27.66/hour. The proposed hourly wage for the Laboratory Tech II position is $30.80/hour to $31.11/hour. Offers made to an individual candidate will depend on a variety of factors, including experience, skills, and job-related education.