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Apheresis Specialist - Leukopaks

Company: American Red Cross
Location: Dedham
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:

_*WHY CHOOSE US?*_As one of the nations premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. At the American Red Cross, you will enjoy a collaborative work culture committed to the diversity of our people, programs, and services. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity. Work where your career is a force for good._*WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (Job Overview): *_Provide clinical apheresis procedures in American Red Cross facilities. These procedures include Leukopaks and whole blood collections and may include after-hours, weekends, and holidays.Demonstrate excellence in customer service and public relations to promote a positive professional image of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. Works independently with attention to detail and possesses the necessary knowledge of all aspects of daily operations._*WHERE YOUR CAREER IS A FORCE FOR GOOD*_ (Key Responsibilities):* Perform all phases of apheresis procedures and whole blood collections ensuring safe and appropriate care of the donor.* Report donor status relative to apheresis, prior to and during procedures, including blood test results* Demonstrate knowledge and compliance with all ARC departmental and organizational standard operating procedures, policies, practices, and regulations.* Explain, procedures to donors and obtain consent to perform the procedure.* Represent the American Red Cross to the community and internal customers by establishing and promoting a positive organizational and professional image.* Complete necessary training and demonstrate competency to perform each job function.* Assemble, restock, perform quality control, and maintain supplies and equipment in a state of readiness to maintain a clean, safe, and efficient work environment.* If appropriate, operate American Red Cross vehicles in compliance with all applicable regulations.* Perform other duties as necessary.*Standard Schedule*: Variable 1st shift. Looking for staff interested in working weekends and we can negotiate the 2 days off during the weekdays and some evenings. However, training will be Monday- Friday until sign-off._*WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED (Minimum Qualifications):*_* Phlebotomy experience required.* A minimum of one year of experience in medical/nursing is a plus.* Current CPR certification.* Good vein selection and venipuncture skills are essential.* Good verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively discuss procedures and medical issues with patients, families, and physicians.* Previous apheresis or dialysis experience is preferred.* Customer service experience, effective verbal communication, and public relations skills are preferred.* A current valid driver's license and a good driving record are required._*What is Leukopaks:*_Leukapheresis is the collection of leukocytes also known as white blood cells or immune cells. A donor reclines in a chair and blood is drawn through a vein in one arm. An apheresis machine removes white blood cells from the superfluous biofluids, separates them based on density and collects them in a collection bag known as a leukopak. The remaining red blood cells and platelets are then returned to the same donor through a vein in their other arm. (The white blood cells that have been removed will be replaced quickly.) The white blood cells collected are frequently referred to as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and contain B cells, T cells, stem/progenitor cells and dendritic cells. Leukapheresis allows for a concentrated, pure method to obtain PBMCs from a single individual donor.Leukopaks are used when a large number of PBMCs are needed from an individual donor, such as drug screening (immuno-oncology and non-oncology), cell therapy (research and development) and gene therapy. Sourcing healthy donor PBMCs allows for the use of single donor cell populations with greater viability and less inter- and intra-assay variability, as well as to develop well-characterized methods of production for autologous therapies (cell therapies where a patients own cells are modified for treatment). For these cell therapy developments, large numbers of PBMCs sourced from a single donor are important for creating relevant biological assays, as well as for quality control testing. In these cases, healthy donors are matched to patients in terms of demographic criteria, such as age and gender, and physiological criteria like HLA type, which can provide valuable insights in the progress of the patients own autologous cell therapy._*Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day by delivering lifesaving treatments and be on the forefront of cancer research!*__*BENEFITS FOR YOU:*_We take care of you, while you take care of others. As a mission-based organization, we believe our team needs great support to do great work. Our comprehensive benefits help you in balancing home and work. With our resources and perks, you have amazing possibilities at the American Red Cross to advance the learn.* Medical, Dental Vision plans* Health Spending Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts* PTO: Starting at 15 days a year; based on FLSA status and tenure* Holidays: 11 paid holidays comprised of six core holidays and five floating holidays* 401K with 5% match* Paid Family Leave* Employee Assistance* Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term* Service Awards and recognition_*Commitment to Your Health & Safety-COVID-19:*_The American Red Cross requires all new hires be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This means that all individuals working for the organization must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of their employment OR have begun the vaccination process prior to their start date. Upon being offered a position, individuals will be required to submit proof of vaccination. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, you may qualify for an exemption. If seeking an exemption, you will be required to submit documentation and your request must be approved prior to hire._*The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.*_NRSJob Type: Full-timeBenefits:* 401(k)* 401(k) matching* Dental insurance* Disability insurance* Employee assistance program* Family leave* Flexible spending account* Health insurance* Health savings account* Life insurance* Loan forgiveness* Opportunities for advancement* Paid time off* Paid training* Parental leave* Vision insurance* Wellness programSchedule:* Day shift* Every weekendTravel requirement:* No travelEducation:* High school or equivalent (Required)Experience:* medical/nursing/phlebotomy: 1 year (Preferred)License/Certification:* CPR Certification (Preferred)* LPN (Preferred)* Driver's License (Required)Work Location: In personby Jobble

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