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Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Advanced (CLS) - Lab - Sharp Memorial Hospital - Evening shift - Full-time

Job ID JR142556 Date posted 09/27/2023
San Diego, California
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Evening
  • Regular
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Sharp Laboratory Services is dedicated to excellence in providing quality care with each specimen drawn and test performed. At Sharp, we encourage a career of lifelong learning along with a healthy work-life balance.

Whether you’re newly licensed or a seasoned lab professional, there’s a place for you in one of our many lab settings. With full support from management and opportunities for career advancement, we empower our lab professionals to grow with us.

Success Profile

Wondering what qualities it takes to be a successful laboratory professional at Sharp? Here are some of the traits we're looking for.

  • Analytical
  • Logical
  • Focused
  • Efficient
  • Results driven
  • Collaborative

Job Details


Shift Start Time:


Shift End Time:


Additional Shift Information:

Full-time (1.0) Position. 8-hour evening shift with variable start times between 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

Weekend Requirements:

Every Other

On-Call Required:


Hourly Pay Range (Minimum - Midpoint - Maximum):

$49.377 - $63.712 - $78.048

The stated pay scale reflects the range that Sharp reasonably expects to pay for this position.  The actual pay rate and pay grade for this position will be dependent on a variety of factors, including an applicant’s years of experience, unique skills and abilities, education, alignment with similar internal candidates, marketplace factors, other requirements for the position, and employer business practices.

What You Will Do
Provides the technical knowledge, expertise and judgment required to support the Sharp HealthCare (SHC) mission and scope of laboratory services.

Required Qualifications

  • Education required for CA State CLS or CLS specialty
  • 3 Years Experience in a Clinical Laboratory as a CLS, including competency and expertise in one or more clinical departments
  • California Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Generalist license - CA Department of Public Health

Preferred Qualifications

  • ASCP Specialty certification preferred – SC, SH, SM, SBB, SCYM
  • 5 Years Experience in a Clinical Laboratory as a CLS
  • Blood Bank experience

Essential Functions

  • Analytical testing procedures
    Completes testing procedures using written policies, procedures and other appropriate resources; identifies issues in and submits necessary revisions to policies and procedures.
    Performs new procedures and policies within acceptable training time intervals; meets/exceeds department turnaround time goals.
    Documents activities and results consistently, thoroughly and legibly; proof reads and double checks work in assigned section to achieve zero defects and zero harm.
    Reviews operational reports for possible clerical and analytical errors and makes correction as necessary.
    Evaluates data for accuracy and verifies any questionable finding with thorough investigation and appropriate follow-through.
    Performs pre-analytical (patient reception, sample collection, processing) and analytical procedures and demonstrates assessment of testing factors with regard to patient age and population specific groups.
    Demonstrates emotional intelligence, critical thinking and logical decision making, especially under critical and stressful situations to reach acceptable resolutions.
    Acts as a key resource for employee/student training, development and competency assessment.
    Acts as a key operator for testing, validation, analyzers and technology.
    Performs additional duties to meet operational needs.
    Writes and revises policies and procedures as assigned.
  • Equipment management
    Utilizes equipment (including phone, copier, fax, printer, etc.), analyzers, products, and other tools per manufacturer's and training instructions and according to established procedures; facilitates issue resolution.
    Reports, documents and resolves or facilitates resolution of equipment/analyzers/tool/reagent issues and failures in a timely and efficient manner.
    Removes defective equipment/analyzers from use, documents problem, and notifies appropriate personnel for repair; verifies equipment/analyzers inspections are up-to-date. Follows through on problem resolution and validates equipment/analyzers performance post repair.
    Participates in analyzer and test methodology, evaluation, selection and validation, and provides input in decision-making processes.
    Demonstrates competency and efficient use of tool applications (IS, PC, other system/software) and equipment to produce the end product. Demonstrates advanced competency of current software applications, including troubleshooting middleware issues, validating Auto-verification criteria, and working with vendor and IT to resolve software issues.
    Performs required preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment/analyzers/tools, including comprehensive validation of accuracy, complete documentation of work orders/issues and scheduled review of data/logs/reports as required by CLIA, CA State, CAP and other regulatory agencies.
    Actively manages inventory and demonstrates ability to evaluate consumables (reagent/supply) inventory to prevent shortages; alerts ordering personnel and proactively resolves immediate issues/shortages. With lab leadership direction, works with vendors to make appropriate changes to standing orders to meet business needs.
  • Leadership
    Facilitates and collaborates with team members and lab leadership in achieving established priorities, goals, projects and initiatives within specified time frame.
    Assists in preparing and maintaining CAP, JCAHO, CA State, AABB, FDA and other accreditation and regulatory agency standards and regulations.
    Adjusts for changes in workload and shifting staff and skill mix; makes recommendations for staff utilization.
    Proactively initiates communication and works cooperatively with others to successfully complete work assignments.
    Develops and implements initiative with generating process improvement ideas and projects and engaging staff.
    Takes initiative in the identification, resolution and evaluation of work processes and workflow issues.
    Identifies high priority potential crises before significant impact to patient care is evident.
    Act as technical expert, leader and problem-solver for staff in and outside of the department.
    Transfers knowledge and mentors coworkers to improve performance and skills to provide optimal patient centered care.
  • Quality assurance
    Coordinates and completes processes to meet standards established to maintain quality testing, including collaboration and engagement in continuous improvement of processes.
    Represent laboratory department in entity or system committees, taskforces, or workgroups as necessary.
    Communicates clearly using Closed Loop and SBAR.
    Supervises work activities performed by Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Lab Technicians, Certified Phlebotomy Technicians and Laboratory Assistants and promotes accountability, mutual respect and teamwork.
    Completes and assesses QC performance, proficiency testing, test validation/calibration/linearity with indicated corrective action and resolution as needed, including assigned scheduled review.
    Has knowledge of and reviews and monitors compliance of quality assurance indicators; works with the laboratory team to meet/exceed the established thresholds. Maintains expected goals and implements action plans as needed.
    Completes, validates and monitors daily position tasks within expected timeframes to meet QA indicator goal expectations.
    Identifies errors and follows-through with investigation, correction, documentation, coaching and notification to appropriate caregiver and lab leadership.
    Demonstrates process of self-discovery, including knowledge of strengths and weaknesses and views deficiencies as opportunities for growth; sets goals for self-improvement and develops others by sharing relevant information.
    Performs shift lead duties as assigned.
    Solicits and receives feedback well, and provides thoughtful feedback to others.
    Performs technical oversight for assigned section/process/system, including regulatory and safety compliance.
    Prepares/presents/maintains reports, records and work-related information to lead. May perform statistical analysis on quality control and quality assurance. May serve as go-to-person for maintaining current instrumentation.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class

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Our leadership team promotes wellness, reward and recognition, flexible scheduling and work-life balance.

We have empowered our team to create innovative ways of providing patient-centered care, such as our unique drive-thru phlebotomy service and incorporating aromatherapy and hand massage into our practice to create a healing environment for our patients. These innovative services have received numerous awards from our organization and Planetree.

Career Path

The mission of the Laboratory Education program is to educate laboratorians in accordance with the highest professional standards; provide them with skills and knowledge enabling them to provide excellence in patient care; and stimulate and promote lifelong learning.

This education is offered to clinical laboratory scientists and phlebotomists to help them enhance their skills while earning CEUs. Training courses and seminars are offered throughout the year on laboratory topics such as phlebotomy, safety, microbiology, hematology, chemistry and pathology.


  • Medical, vision
    dental and more

    Our flexible benefits include a choice of two HMO medical plans (both of which include vision), two PPO dental choices, flexible spending accounts, accident insurance, long-term disability insurance and life insurance.

  • Generous vacation
    holiday and sick leave

    We offer one of the most generous plans among health care systems in San Diego, and new Sharp employees start with 25 days of paid time off in just the first year.

  • Wellness

    We focus on your overall well-being by giving you tools to improve both yourself and your life — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and environmentally. Our focus is on balanced health and wellness to help you reach your health goals and enjoy life along the way.

  • Employee assistance

    At Sharp, we understand that personal problems occasionally arise and you may need to seek outside professional advice. We’re here to help. Our employee assistance program helps employees develop and maintain a lifestyle that supports good health and productivity.

  • Retirement

    We’re proud to offer two retirement plans to match your needs. The Sharp$aver 401(a) plan matches your after-tax contributions and the 403(b) plan offers a long-term savings plan for pre-tax and Roth contributions with available loan and withdrawal provisions.

  • Educational opportunities
    and tuition reimbursement

    We support and encourage the growth and development of our employees through educational courses for credit in institutions of higher learning, continuing education programs (conferences, workshops, seminars) and specialty certification examinations.

  • Discount programs,
    perks and other benefits

    Our employees are eligible to participate in several group voluntary benefit plans — including group legal, college savings, critical illness insurance, group auto and home insurance and pet insurance.

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