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CommonSpirit Health Lab Assistant in Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Lab Assistant

MercyOne Central Iowa ClinicsPleasant Hill, Iowa

Requisition ID 2022-245192 Employment Type Part Time Department Family Practice Clinic Hours/Pay Period 40 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Varies Remote No Category Laboratory


MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping individuals live their best life. With 420 care locations, our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the state of Iowa and beyond. MercyOne’s Central Iowa Region includes medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines.

As our Lab Assistant at MercyOne, you’ll help solve mysteries as to what’s ailing a patient and get us one step closer to successfully treating that illness or injury. Using your expertise and our technology, you will collect, prepare and then examine specimens in the lab to help determine the results of whatever test is being performed. Is this patient anemic? Are they pregnant? Has the cancer returned? Test their blood, urine or tissue and find out!

You’ll build trust in all your interactions through your professionalism and work ethic. You are very knowledgeable in all areas of your role but always eager to learn more. You keep impeccable records, especially when labeling and distributing samples. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to you. You keep your work area clean and perform all quality control checks according to your lab supervisor’s guidelines. Most of all, you understand how vital your role is in the diagnosing and treating of our patients and you’re eager to help us succeed in making them better.


The Lab Assistant performs research activities and other tasks as necessary in a laboratory environment.

  • Collect or receive samples of fluids or tissues. Determine if the quality and quantity are sufficient for testing.

  • Use the lab equipment or chemicals to prepare the samples for testing.

  • Perform the required tests on the samples. Keep accurate records. Label the specimens appropriately and send them to other departments as needed.

  • Clean and maintain the lab equipment and the lab area throughout each shift.

  • Run periodic quality control procedures on the equipment, under your supervisor’s guidance.

  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

  • Be respectful, kind and helpful to your colleagues as we work together to create a productive lab environment.

We invite you to join MercyOne Des Moines today and experience it with us!


  • 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.

Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to

a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status,

ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected

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CommonSpirit Health™ will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

External hires must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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