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Clin Lab Assistant
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
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Clinical Lab Assistant, General Laboratory

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Shifts Vary


With more than 30 specialties from Cardiology and Neurosurgery to Orthopedics and Vascular care, Methodist Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in East Tennessee to offer cutting-edge treatments and technologies that benefit people with life-threatening aneurysms, severely damaged knee, hip and shoulder joints, sudden heart failure, and non-healing wounds.

  • 301 licensed beds
  • 25 ICU beds
  • 8 step-down beds
  • 38 emergency suites
  • 2 cath labs
  • 1 electrophysiology lab
  • 8 LDRP suites
  • 205 active and courtesy physicians
  • 1,192 employees


Provides Phlebotomy services and performs EKG’s making positive patient identification prior to performing the procedure. Performs all functions in specimen processing aliquots specimens, positively matching the aliquot tube to the source. Receives specimens into the Laboratory positively identifying all specimens prior to labeling them. Trains all new employees to master skills in the Laboratory Assistant classification. Has completed training and been checked off on the appropriate criterion training checklist. Orders tests in the hospital information system.


Recruiter: Kathleen Rice || || 865-374-5391


  • Performs all accessioning and specimen processing functions.
  • Performs order entry and basic patient registration function.
  • Performs all basic phlebotomy functions for adults, children, and infants.
  • Performs EKG’s.
  • Performs testing functions under the direction of licensed laboratory personnel to the extent permitted under state law.
  • Assures accuracy of patient, specimen, and order information.
  • Monitors supply levels and replenishes stock as necessary.
  • Works closely with co-workers and functions as a team member to provide quality and timely collections.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Departmental maintenance and other duties as assigned.
  • HEALTH/SAFETY/COMPETENCE: Cannot pose a direct threat to health or safety of self or others. Must provide safe, efficient, competent care to customers, responding appropriately in emergency situations. Must display good body mechanics when lifting, and understand chemical, biological, and electrical safety in the laboratory. Must be familiar with the concept of blood borne pathogens and wear or use the appropriate safety items that are provided while performing duties. Must demonstrate competency of the unit specific functions described in the performance continuum, skill lists and/or standards.



A high school diploma or its equivalent is required with course work to include English, typing, filing, and general office etiquette. Must be able to read with comprehension and write legibly. Must be proficient in the use of proper grammar. Must be familiar with hospital services and operation. Knowledge of general office practice is required. Must be able to operate copy machine, hospital phone system, and both the laboratory and hospital information systems in order to carry out assigned duties.  Familiarity with medical terminology and computer software is preferred.


Must possess knowledge obtained by formal education, previous experience, or on-the-job training of proper collection techniques including proper tubes, anticoagulants or preservatives for the procurement of patients' blood specimens. Must have effective communication skills and have or acquire the necessary computer skills to perform assigned duties.  Must demonstrate critical thinking skills when assessing patients and determine when assistance is needed to insure quality patient care.   For staff involved in the care of age-specific groups, knowledge of the bio-psychosocial needs of adult, geriatric and pediatric patients is essential.  Special knowledge is required in growth and development needs of pediatric/geriatric patients where applicable.



Previous phlebotomy experience preferred.



None is required.


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