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Laboratory Specialist

Memorial Health

Memorial Health

Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2023

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Decatur, Illinois


Conducts wide variety of laboratory tests for diagnosis of disease and wellness.

Required Skills

Essential Functions and Job Duties

  • Conducts waived, simple and moderately complex tests according to standards.  Performs phlebotomy, as needed, at acceptable level.  Maintains up-to-date knowledge of laboratory procedures in assigned areas, which may include:
    • Chemistry
    • Microbiology/Serology
    • Blood Bank
    • Hematology
  • Collects and prepares samples for analysis; performs prescribed procedures; reports accurate tests results.
  • Organizes and prioritizes workload; meets turn-around time.
  • After orientation, operates, calibrates, conducts performance checks, and maintains clinical laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Conducts established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagent, media and products; evaluates results; implements corrective action when indicated.
  • Communicates and interacts with fellow employees; refers problems to appropriate personnel.  Keeps supervisor informed of unusual data or results.
  • Attends mandatory seminars; participates in other continuing education.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

  • Must be able to organize work and to set priorities.  Must be able to communicate effectively with personnel and with patients.  Job duties require rigid clerical accuracy in the identification and reporting of numbers, names and results.  Must be a professional capable of varied work which requires consistent exercise of discretion, good independent judgment, and reasoning ability.

General Skill Requirements

In addition to the Essential Functions and Qualifications listed above, to perform the job successfully an individual must also possess the following General Skill Requirements.

  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Accepts criticism and feedback; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; ability to work with frustrating situations; work under pressure and on an irregular schedule such as unscheduled overtime, unanticipated changes in work pace; Works with numerous distractions.
  • Attendance and Punctuality – Schedules time off in advance; Begins working on time; Keeps absences within guidelines; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Keeps others adequately informed; Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relations; Exhibits tact and consideration; Displays positive outlook and pleasant manner; Offers assistance and support to co-workers; Works cooperatively in group situations; Works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; Keeps abreast of current developments; Requires minimal supervision; Displays understanding of how job relates to others; Uses resources effectively.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions; ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Problem solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Resolves problems in early stages; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Displays commitment to excellence; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly; Achieves established goals.
  • Concentration – Maintains attention to detail over extended period of time; continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Supervision – ability to perform work independently or with minimal supervision; ability to assign and/or review work; train and/or evaluate other employees.

Required Experience

Education and/or Other Requirements

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology from an accredited university or college preferred, or must be enrolled in college and completing last semester of Bachelors of Science Degree. If not enrolled in college, must have at least 1 year of Laboratory experience.

Environmental Factors

  • Frequent to continuous exposure to unpleasant/irritating substances.  Exposure to hazardous and/or potentially injurious elements or conditions is considerable.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must be able to work any shift and/or weekend.  Considerable physical exertion, including continuous (70 to 100%) walking, standing, bending, reaching and pushing/pulling of average to heavy loads (26 to 60 pounds).  Mobility between nursing units is essential to perform phlebotomy and Blood Bank duties.

Mental Demands

  • Must have absolute integrity in the accurate performance and reporting of results.  Must exercise discretion, good independent judgment and reasoning ability.  Must be able to work under stress caused by turn-around tim