Catholic Health Initiatives Lab Assistant - Phlebotomy - FT 1.0 (12:30p-9p) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Lab Assistant - Phlebotomy - FT 1.0 (12:30p-9p)



May work in various laboratory departments to collect blood specimens from hospital patients, work with microbiology or anatomic pathology specimens, or work independently at remote Patient Service Centers. Creates patient encounters, orders laboratory tests, and prepares specimens for testing. Assists technical personnel in sample log-in, testing workflow, and specimen tracking, as appropriate for patient age including neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric adults.


  • Accepts specimens and requisitions from external and internal customers utilizing excellent customer service skills.

  • Identifies patients/specimens using two unique patient identifiers and accurately labels specimen containers.

  • Correctly registers specimens and logs into Laboratory Information System (LIS) appropriate to department where testing is to be performed as needed, or evaluates specimen adequacy and acceptability and logs into LIS.

  • Performs specimen processing as needed. For example, proper identification, aliquoting, plate streaking, preparing slides, special handling, and required documentation.

  • Follows established procedures and policies including infection control and bloodborne pathogens.

  • Handles chemicals according to established safety protocols.

  • Meets defined workload productivity standards. Supports and utilizes LEAN principles.

  • Works proficiently with laboratory information systems and personal computers.

  • Follows established procedures and policies to obtain optimal test turn-around-times.

  • Participates in teaching peers.

  • Handles incoming and outgoing telephone calls utilizing good customer service skills and knowledge of the laboratory.

  • Follows up on and documents out of range temperatures.

Additional Functions As Needed:

Phlebotomy -

  • Accurately and efficiently performs venipunctures, and finger sticks ensuring collection of proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.

  • Prepares specimens for testing.

Microbiology –

  • Performs limited testing under supervision of technical staff.

  • Performs instrument maintenance according to established protocols.

Histology –

  • Assists in gross room.

  • Prepares area and assists pathologists for frozen section testing.

  • Distribution/filing of slides and blocks.

  • Assist in preparation of cancer conference presentations.

  • Distribution/filing of slides and blocks.

  • Assist with pathology quality assurance tracking.

Reference Lab -

  • Accurately and efficiently performs venipunctures, heel sticks and finger sticks ensuring collection of proper specimens for testing and ensuring patient safety.

  • May drive to patient service centers to perform phlebotomy services as needed.



  • High school diploma or GED required.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within 3 months of hire.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory experience preferred.

  • Computer skills required .

  • For Reference Lab: valid Iowa driver’s license required. Must meet Mercy’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and be at least 18 years of age.

Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health


Daily Schedule 12:30pm - 9:00pm

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Every Fourth

Req ID: 2018-R0177347

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.