Vanderbilt University Medical Center Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 , 2nd Shift - VUMC Diagnostic Core Laboratories in Nashville, Tennessee

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Unit Summary

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been rated the #1 Hospital in Nashville and the state of Tennessee by the US News & World Report. VUMC’s Diagnostic Laboratories - consisting of Laboratory Client Services (LCS), Clinical Pathology Services (CPS), Diagnostic Molecular & Genetics Services (DMGS), and Anatomic Pathology Services (APS) - have state-of-the-art automation and exceptional employees to meet the demands of accurately and timely performance of tests, while providing our patients and their families with enhanced and exceptional care. VUMC is rated in the Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals with advanced LIS systems and technologies.

Vanderbilt’s Diagnostic Laboratories support adult and pediatric care for inpatient and outpatient settings. Our fast-paced, team oriented culture gives you the opportunity to contribute to breakthroughs with healthcare advancements. We support your career growth with a comprehensive medical laboratory science program and a established Professional Advancement Ladder (PAL).

Your Role:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is seeking to hire a Medical Laboratory Scientist II, who will report to a Team Leader in the VUMC Diagnostic Core and Chemistry Laboratories, and who will have overall diagnostic bench-work responsibilities with supporting patient testing in the following cross-training disciplines - Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Toxicology, Body Fluids, Esoteric, Serology, and Urinalysis testing, all which are essential in supporting Vanderbilt’s Clinical Pathology Services. VUMC’s diagnostic Core laboratory employees work with highly sophisticated automated specimen processing systems and LIS, in a academic hospital setting.

The Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 Performs routine clinical pathology testing appropriate to cytogenetic laboratory services under occasional guidance. The MLS II is responsible to accurately record results and assure timely delivery of results. The MLS II has the authority, responsibility and accountability for the accurate performance of laboratory test methodologies. These tests are used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the evaluation of the patient's response to treatment. The MLS II applies clinical knowledge to achieve accurate clinical test results which leads to quality patient care outcomes. For more information regarding the physical requirements and environmental conditions for this job, please click here at .


  • Providespatient-focused care in a clinical setting through the accurateperformance of routine and complex tests through the pre-analytic,analytic and post-analytic stages.

  • Performsqualitative and quantitative analytical procedures, including reagentpreparation and appropriate quality control, according to requiredprotocols, with precision and accuracy in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Demonstratesknowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments and theirinterrelationships as well as physiological conditions affecting testresults.

  • Theresponsibilities listed are a general overview of the position andadditional duties may be assigned.


DIAGNOSTIC TESTING (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate diagnostic testing in practical applications of moderate difficulty.

DATA ANALYSIS - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate data analysis in practical data analysis applications of moderate difficulty. Navigates within established technology environments to locate, validate, extract, and format data for data analysis. Able to modify and run queries and standard reports from data tools and provide to users. Can identify data values and data sources. Is familiar with data modeling. Is able to interview business customers to elicit data requirements and understand the relationships between data items.

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate the ability to maintain equipment, products, or systems in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Assures that parts inventory is sufficient.

QUALITY ASSURANCE - (NOVICE): - Has provided continuous analysis and evaluation of assignment work processes, constantly striving for improvement in the way tasks and activities are accomplished by questioning their value to the process and contributing creative solutions. Has participated in the process of establishing, communicating and monitoring standards for quality and excellence. Demonstrates the ability to actually work on and improve a current business process, product or service.

MENTORING & COACHING - (NOVICE): - Constructively trains and mentors others by providing positive direction and feedback. Has provided constructive suggestions to improve a situation. Knows how to remove roadblocks to success and avoids judgments at all times. Makes a concerted effort to pass on experiences and job information that can be learned easily.


  • OrganizationalImpact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how outputwould affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team withoccasional guidance.

  • ProblemSolving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems usingtechnical experience and judgment.

  • Breadthof Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within aprofessional area.

  • TeamInteraction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.



  • -Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm indeveloping self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge innew areas.

  • -Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with keycolleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities toexpand and strengthen relationships.

  • -Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one'sown communication style to suit different situations and audiences.


  • -Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and futureneeds of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better addressthem.

  • -Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles;Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and developconcrete solutions.

  • -Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support andcoaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.


  • -Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogueabout quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.

  • -Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences bylooking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems andidentifies ways to resolve them.

  • -Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects ofproviding a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to preventsafety hazards from occurring.


  • -Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusingon and driving critical issues to closure.

  • -Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmentalwork to effectively manage resources for a department/area.

  • -Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of theinformation or data to identify and elevate opportunities.


  • -Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities frommultiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventionalapproaches.

  • -Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning newtechnologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.

  • -Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems asopportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead ofemphasizing negative elements.




  • MLS or CLS Certification withASCP or AMT and eligibility to obtain Medical Technologist (MT) Licensure in the state of Tennessee

  • Diagnostic laboratory exposure withhigh volume automated specimen handling systems, as part of the qualitative andquantitative analysis of human specimens

  • Attention to detail, ability towork well under pressure with tight turnaround times, and ability to adapt in adiverse, team-based culture


  • Successfulcompletion of CAHEA or NAACLS accredited Medical Technology program or BSfrom accredited institution with major in biological, chemical, physicalor clinical laboratory science and ASCP technologist generalist orcategorical certification or equivalent certification; or equivalenteducation and experience per CLIA and TN Medical Laboratory Board(1200-06-01-.22) for personnel performing high complexity testing withabnormal specimens

  • DiagnosticLaboratory Quality Control evaluation, instrument maintenance, and chemistryanalyzers troubleshooting

Position Shift:

Monday-Friday 2 nd Shift, 3pm-11:30pm CST, every 3 rd weekend rotations

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 HealthCare Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( BillWilkerson Center at ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked amongthe nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascularhospitals in the U.S.

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 GreatestHospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital SafetyScore

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees formedical research in the US

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only grouphonored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "MostWired" medical systems in the US

Download the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Facts 2016-2017 at to learn more about our services and facilities.


Job Clinical Labs/Pathology

Organization: Core Lab - 2nd Shift 201455

Title: Medical Laboratory Scientist 2 , 2nd Shift - VUMC Diagnostic Core Laboratories

Location: TN-Nashville-The Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)

Requisition ID: 1804692

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