Lab Assistant

Job ID
Employment Type
Clinical Laboratory Services
Hours / Pay Period
Mercy Hospital Bakersfield
Standard Hours
working every other weekend some weekdays hours varied due to need of lab
Work Schedule
8 Hour


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospitals have a history of caring for our community that goes back more than 100 years. We provide a broad range of medical and surgical services including minimally invasive and outpatient options. Our family of services includes the area's only inpatient oncology unit, the Orthopedic, Spine, and Hand Center, Family Birth Center, the Lactation Support Center and retail store, and many others. Mercy Hospital Downtown is a 194-bed facility located in downtown Bakersfield. Mercy Hospital Southwest is a 78-bed facility and the only hospital located in the rapidly growing area west of Highway 99. Mercy Hospital is a member of Dignity Health and is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1910.  Learn more at


Position Summary:


Under the direction of the Supervisor , the Laboratory Assistant is responsible for collecting, receiving and processing blood specimens; receiving and processing specimens for bacterial culture. Duties include: receiving and processing blood samples; centrifugation and loading barcoded specimens onto automated analyzers that are interfaced to the LIS; preparing aliquots and handling of reference lab specimens; performing waived and moderate complexity testing under direct supervision. Additional duties include clerical and telephone communication in support of the Laboratories functions.




Minimum Requirements:

  • CA CPT-2 LICENSE and Heartsaver, required
  • Education level necessary to obtain required licensure and certifications.
  • CPI class will be completed within 90 days of hire and every other year thereafter



Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 1 year of clinical laboratory experience in an acute hospital, preferred.
  • Basic laboratory bench practice skills.
  • Working knowledge of medical terminology

  • General typing/computer skills.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to perform all phlebotomy functions including venous, capillary and arterial punctures on adult, pediatric and neonates populations.
  • Ability to adapt to work load demands and remain calm and function efficiently during difficult or emergency situations.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.


This position is represented by SEIU United Healthcare Workers.



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