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IRL Manager - Lexington, KY USA

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Kentucky Blood Center is looking for a Reference Laboratory Manager for their Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (AABB IRL), see below and this link: http://kybloodcenter.org/about-us/careers/

Successful candidate will be a proactive professional responsible for the oversight and management of the reference laboratory (AABB IRL). Responsibilities will include the development of short- and long-term plans; budget preparation and monitoring; oversight of compliance with staff training, processes, and procedures; workload of reference laboratory including staff supervision, employee evaluation, and other standard management functions. 

Qualified applicants must have a four-year degree, MT(ASCP)SBB, with a minimum of three years management experience preferred. Proof of education/certifications required during the interview process. Must have a working knowledge of industry regulations including FDA, AABB Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories and AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services.

Must be proficient with MS Office products; have proven data analysis skills; be highly organized, reliable, and have outstanding interpersonal skills. Strong written and oral communication skills, a do-what-it-takes work ethic, and a team player attitude are required.

 

Benefits: Health/Dental/Vision/Life/Short Term Disability/Long Term Disability/Cancer Insurance/Accident Insurance/Flexible Spending Accounts/Health Savings Accounts/Paid Time Off/Paid Holidays/Employee Assistance Program/403(b) Retirement Savings Plan/Pension Plan

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Nowhere, in the above advertisement, does it say that the candidate must have any detailed knowledge of blood group antigens and antibodies (except the degree required - but this requirement, I presume, does not just apply to IR laboratories).

Sadly, this is true now around the world.

It is all management and saving money, rather than having a detailed knowledge of the background to the science.

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Good point Malcolm, and you are correct in that it is implied the candidate must have detailed blood bank knowledge with the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) degree requirement.  I would find it extremely difficult to pass the SBB exam without this knowledge

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7 minutes ago, jmm8427 said:

Good point Malcolm, and you are correct in that it is implied the candidate must have detailed blood bank knowledge with the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) degree requirement.  I would find it extremely difficult to pass the SBB exam without this knowledge

Agreed jmm8427, but my point really was that, as far as I have seen from other job positions advertised on this site, the SBB exam is required for many of them.  However, I would have thought, from my own experience of having run one of the NHSBT Reference Laboratories for many years, that an greater in-depth knowledge of blood groups and blood group antibodies than that of the average person within the world of transfusion science, is a sine qua non, not least because the whole raison d'etre of a Reference Laboratory is to determine the specificity of an antibody or a mixture of antibodies, and/or to determine antigenic specificity, when the hospital laboratory is, at best, unsure.

I agree that there is a level within an organisation where a thorough knowledge of management, etc is of paramount importance, but I would have thought that, for someone who is going to be in charge of a Reference Laboratory, there is, of course, a need for managerial knowledge, but also for a much deeper than normal knowledge of blood group antigens and antibodies.

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I totally agree!  And, from personal experience, finding the people with this deeper knowledge of blood groups is getting harder and harder to find...  Are you looking for a position in KY by any chance? :D 

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