Histotechnologist Job Description Sample
The role of the Histotechnologist is to perform all of the specialized procedures performed in the Histopathology lab. These technologists perform IHC and DIF procedures, Enzyme Histochemistry, grossing of small biopsies, and are involved in laboratory education.
1.Embeds and properly orients surgical, autopsy and cytology cell block tissue for microtomy.
2.Cuts routine tissue specimens according to defined protocols.
3.Performs routine and special staining of microscopic tissue sections.
4.Assists the Pathologist with OR frozen section cases
5.Depending on campus location may:
Independently perform Immunoperoxidase staining, microtomy of FFPE tissue. Independently perform Direct Immunofluorescent staining, including flash freezing and cutting, of fresh biopsies. Procedures use both manual techniques and complex equipment.
Prepare fresh tissue biopsies for enzyme histochemical procedures using cryotechniques. Performs and troubleshoots all enzyme histochemical procedures.
Under the supervision of the pathologist performs grossing of small biopsies.
Assists in teaching in the Histotechnologist school to include: Laboratory Demonstrations, Lectures, preparation for laboratory assignments.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that incumbents may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
A. Education / Training:
Minimum Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences or equivalent
Preferred attendance of an accredited NAACLS Histotechnology program
B. Work Experience:
C. Certification, Licensure, Registration:
Histotechnologist (ASCP) certification or certification eligible. Must pass exam within one year of hire.
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Receive, accession, process, embed, cut,stain,mount and label surgical specimens for examination by the pathologist
1.1. Prepares gross surgical specimens for Pathology Assistant or Pathologist
1.2. Prepares surgical specimens using a variety of technical procedures including embedding, sectioning, staining, cover slipping and labeling.
1.3. Prepares reagents and stains using predetermined procedures
1.4. Reviews and periodically discards specimens following stated requirements????
2.1. Maintains accurate records of incoming and outgoing specimens and slides.
2.2. Monitors internal supplies inventory and orders from Stockroom, as needed.
2.3. Assists supervisor in fulfilling staffing needs, work methods, and performance standards in Histology
2.4. Performs any other duties related to the department, as may be indicated by the Supervisor or Pathologist
3.1. Investigates and documents problems with unacceptable specimens
3.2. Accurately performs and evaluates QC results according to CAP guidelines before releasing patient test results.
3.3. Appropriately notifies a supervisor of discrepant QC results
4.1. Follows established quidelines for troubleshooting instrument, reagent or specimen problems
4.2. Documents problem and steps taken in troubleshooting process
4.3. Follows appropriate downtime procedures
4.4. Immediately notifies supervisor or designee when unable to resolve a problem
5.1. Complies with established laboratory and hospital policies for universal precautions and safety
5.2. Complies with established safety policies for chemical handling, storage and disposal
5.3. Operates assigned equipment and performs all procedures in a safe manner as instructed
5.4. Ensure a safe work environment by complying with established procedures
6.1. Participates in staff meetings, helps promote effective working relationships
6.2. Maintains open communication using appropriate chain of command
6.3. Interacts professionally with all members of the hospital staff
6.4. Willingness to help co-worker and/or other lab sections if needed
7.1. Uses Patient/Family center values/Conducts all work activities with respect to the rights and wishes of patients, visitors and patients families
7.2. Uses appropriate phone etiquette, answers the phone within three rings if possible
7.3. Tries to resolve customer requests at the initial phone call before transfering to another section
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last five years. Completion of NAACLS accredited program waived with current HTL(ASCP) certification.\u000b\u000bOR Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), AND one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology laboratory.
Three years of Histology experience preferred
ASCP certification preferred.
Clear written and verbal communication skills required. Diplomacy, tact, and a calm positive attitude required. Good judgment in performance of work.
Excellence, Teamwork, Leadership and Innovation. These are the values that define UConn Health, and we are looking for team members that share these same values. Our top rated organization is looking to add a full time Histotechnologist to our growing team in located in Farmington. If you have a background in this field, we want to hear from you.
This position will be in Mohs and Dermpath and will be responsible for providing information for diagnosis and treatment of disease by independently performing histopathological tests as well as maintenance tasks and quality controls and quality assurances in compliance with regulatory and UCHC's standards.
COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS OFFERED:
Industry-leadinghealth insurance options and affordability
Generous vacation and sick-time plans
12 Paid Holidays per year
Multi-channel retirement options (pension and match options)
Tuition waiver and reimbursement for employees and qualified family members
Quick commute accessfrom I-84, Rte 9 and surrounding areas
State of the art facility and campus environments
Progressive leadership and educational development programs available
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Lead/ supervise other laboratory staff of lower rank as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Responsible for the preparation of diagnostic slides by fixation and processing of tissue blocks, embedding, microtomy, hematoxylin and eosin staining as well as special staining techniques; immunoperoxidase and immunofluorescence techniques, muscle and nerve biopsy techniques, estrogen receptor assays; attain knowledge of the laboratory computer system to record results and report diagnostic and therapeutic findings; maintains technical and diagnostic accuracy in the technical areas of the laboratory; maintains neat and accurate records of test results; prepares reagents standards and controls as needed; observes all hospital and laboratory policies and safety practices and maintains a safe, clean, and prepared work area; performs and documents quality control procedures and instrument preventive maintenance; notifies supervisor and/or Director of significant and critical test results or abnormal findings in a timely manner; performs duties according to schedule to maintain appropriate workflow and timely completion; participates in the overall quality control program of the laboratory; ensures compliance with all regulatory and UCHC standards; assist with the training of residents, medical students and fellows; assist with laboratory inventory; other related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITY:
Must possess excellent technical and theoretical ability in clinical histology; demonstrates ability to work effectively within clinical inter-relationships and other diverse groups; demonstrates the ability to distinguish result of various test and to acknowledge the accuracy of those results; considerable knowledge of laboratory instrumentation including computers; knowledge of clinical laboratory procedures including safety practices; knowledge of scientific methods; considerable interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills; ability to work quickly and accurately under stressful conditions.
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING:
General Experience: Certification by the Board of Registry, American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a Histologic Technician (HT) and six (6) years full time acceptable experience in histopathology.
SUBSTITUTION: Board Registry (ASCP) certification as a Histology Technologist (HTL) and two (2) years of full time acceptable experience in histopathology.
Bachelor's degree in a related field, and two (2) years of full time acceptable experience in histopathology.
Successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechologist or Histologic Technician program and six (6) years of experience.
ASCP Board registry Certification must be obtained within one year of employment.
Incumbents in this class are exposed to disagreeable odors, infectious materials, radioactive, toxic and other hazardous substances. Work requires visual strain due to prolonged/extended close examination of specimens and use of microscopy (light or fluorescent). Prolonged periods of standing and walking. Ability to lift objects weighing 25 lbs.
Incumbents in this class must not be colorblind.
SCHEDULE: 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday, work between the hours of 7am - 5:30pm. Hours require flexibility.
FULL TIME EQUIVALENT MINIMUM SALARY: $65,811
Why UConn Health
UConn Health is a vibrant, integrated academic medical center that is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care. A commitment to human health and well-being has been of utmost importance to UConn Health since the founding of the University of Connecticut schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine in 1961. Based on a strong foundation of groundbreaking research, first-rate education, and quality clinical care, we have expanded our medical missions over the decades. In just over 50 years, UConn Health has evolved to encompass more research endeavors, to provide more ways to access our superior care, and to innovate both practical medicine and our methods of educating the practitioners of tomorrow.
UConn Health is an affirmative action employer, in addition to an EEO and M/F/V/PWD/PV employer.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at www.ethics.state.ct.us
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA's HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.
With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state's first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region's neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the area's only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.
Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.
Performs a variety of Technical Procedures in Histology.
Able to perform department clerical duties with accuracy and efficiency. Responsible for the production of routine and special Histology Tests, Stains and slides.
Responsible for producing high quality microscopic slides.
Responsible for following all quality and regulatory standards in performing tasks.
Responsible for maintaining effective communication between coworkers and management.
Actively participates in staff meeting as scheduled.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external customers.
Exercises good judgment in conflict resolution.
Responsible for maintaining the necessary levels of confidentiality.
Other duties as assigned.
ASCP certification or eligible preferred.
AS or BS degree in related sciences preferred.
Minimum of 2 years experience that demonstrates the knowledge and expertise necessary.
Working knowledge of all Histology procedures-Embedding, Microtomy, Tissue Processing, Fixation, Decalcification, Routine and Special Staining, and Immunohistochemistry.
Familiar with all equipment in the Histology Laboratiory.
Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments or refers to appropriate sources for repairs.
Good communication skills.
Able to embed 75 blocks an hour.
Able to cut 50 slides an hour.
Able to perform H&E stain with consistent results.
Able to perform all special stains and IHC procedures without unnecessary repeats.
Able to cut and stain frozen section in 5 minutes.
Able to perform all cytology slide preparation work.
Able to order pathology specimens accurately and efficiently.
Able to provide quick, accurate customer service.
Able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately.
Able to adjust to changing workload.
General#Summary of Position: Performs routine and complex histology procedures used in pathology diagnosis. Education: Bachelor#s degree in Chemical, Physical, Biological, Clinical Laboratory Science or ASCP registry as HT or HTL is required. #Experience: #Minimum 12 months of previous job experience. #License/Certification/Registration: ASCP certification as HT or HTL is required.
Performs routine and complex histology procedures used in pathology diagnosis.
Bachelor's degree in Chemical, Physical, Biological, Clinical Laboratory Science or ASCP registry as HT or HTL is required.
Minimum 12 months of previous job experience.
On The Job Experience
Approximately three to six months to gain familiarity with the Hospital environment, department routines and procedures, and the full range of job duties.
ASCP certification as HT or HTL is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
PROBLEM SOLVING: Job requires a relatively high level of problem-solving to find solutions to difficult human, technical, clinical or administrative problems.
INTERNAL CONTACTS: Internal contacts necessary to effectively explain and interpret information for others inside the Hospital.
INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT: Work is occasionally performed according to existing procedures and instructions but often requires analysis of problems and development of solutions. This involves determining appropriate methods and task sequences.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Applies principles of educational methodology in teaching histotechnician trainees, new employees, medical technology students and residents as scheduled. Provides direction in proper preparation of tissue studies. Coordinates technician work schedules.
Accessions surgical specimen. Evaluates and cuts surgical specimen of certain defined types for histology processing. Performs computer operations involving specimen accessioning, slide preparation and quality control.
Evaluates and solves histology specimen problems and follows procedures for rejection of specimens.
Participates in the development of new histology procedures and in improving histology techniques. Evaluates new techniques, instruments and procedures as required.
Evaluates normal and abnormal tissue types. Embeds and orients tissue specimen for microscopic evaluation. Identifies and resolves problems in the automated tissue processing cycle.
Prepares reagents. Prepares paraffin sections on routine and difficult cases and solves related problems. Assists histotechnicians with difficult sectioning cases.
Performs and assesses the quality of routine hematoxylin and eosin staining and special stains on surgical and autopsy slides. Troubleshoots staining procedures and implements corrective action as necessary.
Performs and documents daily quality control and corrective action initiated when quality control results exceed tolerance limits.
Assists in the collection and preparation of kidney and heart biopsies and frozen sections. Provides direction in the preparation of decalcified bone tissue.
Performs preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments. Maintains appropriate records.
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You Will Be Responsible For:
Perform routine and non-routine activities involved in the preparation of slides for microscopic evaluation by pathologist(s), according to policies and procedures.
Ensure proper accessioning and labeling of all tissue samples.
Process paperwork associated with accessioning and reporting.
May perform gross tissue examination (high complexity testing) if meets personnel qualifications set forth by the 1988 CLIA CFR 493.1489 and the corporate Minimum Qualifications for Personnel Performing Gross Tissue Examinations SOP.
Ensure proper tissue processing.
Embed processed tissue in paraffin.
Perform microtomy of embedded tissue.
Prepare slides for routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining.
Perform cover slipping of stained slides either manually or automated.
Prepare solutions and reagents for special stain procedures.
Obtain and validate control tissue used in special stains.
Perform all special stain procedures.
May prepare solutions and reagents for IHC procedures.
May obtain and validate control material used in IHC procedures.
May perform IHC testing.
Perform filing of finished blocks and slides.
Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
Provide training and guidance to Histotechnicians/Histotechnologists, students and lab aides.
Adhere to laboratory's quality control policies and documents all quality control activities; the ability to recognize outliers and correct them.
What You Will Need:
2-5 years Histology experience required.
AA or AS degree or equivalent training and experience.
Active Florida Licensed Histotechnologist
Demonstrates knowledge of and can perform IHC testing.
Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC) obtained through ASCP is preferred.
Computer proficiency required.
The position also involves effective communication and interpersonal skills
Under the immediate supervision of the Histology Supervisor, the Histotechnologist performs clinical testing in one or more of the following areas of the laboratory: Embedding, Microtomy, Special Staining, Immunohistochemistry and Cytology non-Gyn. A Histotechnologist obtains or receives specimens, performs a variety of standardized tests including advanced and specialized tests using techniques and equipment found in the histology laboratory, understands method principle, performs quality control and performs preventative maintenance.
This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.
Under the general supervision of a laboratory manager and in accordance with established policies and procedures prepares specimens of human body tissue and body fluids for microscopic evaluation by a pathologist in order to provide diagnostic information on diseases from surgical and post-mortem tissue specimens. Processes and prepares specimens for routine and some non-routine procedures.
Performs routine and non-routine specimen preparation in accordance with established policies and procedures. Prepares specimens for microscopic evaluation and analysis by placing in tissue processor embedding in paraffin blocks sectioning with a rotary microtome mounting onto glass slides and staining with the proper chemical solutions.
Coverslips and labels all slides prepared. Delivers slides as instructed.
Identifies and selects techniques to most effectively process and prepare unusual or delicate specimens or to perform special staining or �rush� procedures as requested by manager or Pathologist.
Assists manager in monitoring and maintaining laboratory�s Quality Control standards. Performs gross and microscopic examination of prepared histologic slides checking orientation and angle of specimen staining quality and diagnostic value prior to release for diagnostic evaluation by Pathologist.
Identifies unsatisfactory slides determines cause and takes corrective action as indicated. Obtains and evaluates control materials utilizing histologic technique and microscopic examination.
Following established policies and procedures inputs protocols to operate tissue processor making adjustments as necessary to meet special processing requirements. Troubleshoots corrects malfunctions or makes arrangements for servicing as appropriate.
Evaluates effects of tissue processing system shutdown on tissue samples utilizing knowledge of time required to adequately fix varying sizes and types of tissue specimens. Determines and implements most effective and timely alternative for specimen processing accordingly.
May participate in evaluation of new products reagents procedures and the like as requested by manager.
May perform duties including preparing frozen sections; preparing chemical dyes and solutions; decalcifying bone specimens; processing bone marrow specimens; maintaining control logs and other related duties as assigned.
Associates degree in Applied Science or equivalent education and experience as defined by CLIA standards.
National certification (or eligible) in Histology by ASCP or equivalent.
Knowledge of histochemistry and of the various techniques and procedures for preparing and processing tissue specimens for microscopic evaluation.
Analytical ability to troubleshoot instrumentation and quality control problems; to evaluate new procedures; to identify techniques to meet special case requirements etc.
Ability to manipulate and mount microscopic tissues and sections onto slides and to operate rotary microme.
Ability to perform gross and microscopic examinations of histological slides for quality control purposes.
Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with Pathologists.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.
Experience in a clinical histology laboratory demonstrating familiarity with a wide range of histologic specimens and procedures normally acquired through clinical training.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Works in a laboratory environment where there is exposure to odors infectious materials toxins highly flammable solvents and solutions and other hazardous substances.
Subject to cuts on hands from microtome knives.
Works with tissues and specimens capable of transmitting disease but chances of illness occurring are minimal when established work and safety procedures are followed.
May experience visual fatigue from cutting paraffin blocks of specimens.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None
Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Shift 1
Tuesday to Saturday 7:00am - 3:30pm
In this role you will:
Embed, cut, stain and coverslip specimens
Set up specimens and their paperwork for grossing
Maintain the tissue processor, embedding centers, microtomes, stainers and coverslipper
Ensure specimen integrity by adhering to the laboratory's procedure for specimen handling and processing
Adhere to departmental policies and procedures to include departmental programs, quality control, quality assurance, and safety
All you need is:
- New York State License (Medical Technologist, Medical Lab Technician or Histotechnologist)
- Bachelors or Associates Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Technology or related degree, preferred
- ASCP, preferred
Scheduled Weekly Hours:
1st Shift (United States of America)
Sunrise Medical Laboratories, Inc.
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When you join Sunrise Medical Labs, you are well supported by everyone — from colleagues and management alike. We have a warm, welcoming culture which is laid back, but professional. Our management staff is attentive and helpful and coworkers enjoy working together. Here, you are not a number, you are a vital part of our workplace community. And, if you're motivated to standout, we'll give you every opportunity to succeed and grow.
We'll give you:
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A free ride to and from the train station
Fun events throughout the year
Fitness Friday & on-site gym
A day off on your birthday
Free lab services for you and your dependents
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Performs histological and microscopy related procedures of a routine and specialized nature including, tissue processing, sectioning, histological staining, and immunohistochemistry.
Responsibilities Performs histological procedures and policies in the laboratory. Identifies source and nature of test problems and makes appropriate recommendation as to course of action.
Performs specimen accessioning, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, frozen section techniques, special stains and immunohistochemistry staining techniques. Applies scientific method in problem solving and assists in the evaluation of new methods and techniques. Assures that quality control criteria are met and adheres to established laboratory policies in handling hazardous substances.
Records necessary documentation to comply with various agency and hospital regulations. Performs required instrument maintenance at the prescribed time and logs appropriately. Performs minor trouble-shooting on instrumentation.
Instructs and trains rotating residents, students, physicians and new members of the anatomic pathology laboratory staff in laboratory testing procedures as needed. Assures a clean work area and technical clean-up at the end of each shift. Assists in maintaining sufficient supplies at each work station.
Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others. Assist with confocal microscopy operations and instruments maintenance. Undertake projects and tasks that are related to the microscopy operations.
Provide basic training on the operation of the microscopes to scientists, faculty and staff. Other job functions as assigned. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in science field or certification equivalent.
Demonstrated experience in routine tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, frozen section techniques, special stains and immunohistochemistry staining techniques. Demonstrated experience with optics or microscopy. Computer skills desirable. HT/HTL certification preferred or certification eligible
Day Shift: Hours per schedule
Weekend & Holiday Rotation: Per schedule
Pay Grade: 11
This position works under the direct supervision of the histology section head assisting with coordinating the completion of the daily workload in histology. Responsibilities include CoPath data entry, routine and special testing on biological specimens, immunohistochemistry procedures, assistance to the pathologists in the gross examination room as necessary, preparation of biologic specimens for send out to consultation laboratories, and equipment maintenance, as well as any duties deemed necessary by the histology section head.
(25%)* Embeds tissues flat and centered with accurate orientation in proper size molds in a timely fashion to facilitate required turn around times.
(25%)* Cuts sections as 3-5 microns and orients sections properly on the slides.
(25%)* Performs routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining, special stains, and limited immunohistochemistry procedures (see #16 for expanded immunohistochemistry) according to approved departmental guidelines.
(25%)* Performs frozen sections procedures within the required time frame while preserving tissue for paraffin embedding.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Must be able to recognize and troubleshoot problems with staining, both routine H&E and special stains, and all histology equipment and instrumentation and notify the section head of unresolved issues.
Follows standard operation procedures with the department and facility wide policies.
Maintain filing systems for pathology slides and blocks.
Prepares special reagents and chemical solutions.
Prepares biological specimens to be sent out to reference laboratories for additional testing.
Maintain send out records for these specimens.
Maintains work area, equipment and supplies on a daily basis.
Performs and documents preventative maintenance on equipment according to departmental policy.
Follows safety policy and protocol for MidMichigan Medical Center.
Complies with chemical hygiene plan.
Maintains professional competence by attending histological conferences and meetings, reading current literature and attending laboratory in-service meetings.
Provides guidance to others as required to ensure the accomplishment of daily workload.
Performs CoPath data entry.
May be called to perform as the Anatomic Pathology Safety Officer.
One Histotechnologist will be assigned to complete immunohistochemistry duties.
Performs IHC procedures both automated and manual if necessary.
Find and test tissue for acceptable control blocks for each procedure.
Order and develop new procedures by repeated testing and conferring with the pathologist and histology section head.
Completes all the testing and documentation necessary to offer immunohisochemistry tests on tissue specimens.
This position will also perform and monitor existing immunohistochemistry procedures, as well as procuring testing and documenting all control material, and maintain all instrumentation and reagents and documentation associated with immunohistochemistry procedures.
Monitors and adjusts pH of buffers.
Participates in CAP Quality Improvement Surveys (HQIP) and CAP required Proficiency Testing for Her 2 New procedures.
Maintain the MSDS and Spec sheets associated with immunohistochemistry.
Assists the section head of histology in keeping the immunohistochemistry procedure manual current.
Reviews maintenance and runs logs for error codes and responds as necessary.
MidMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and employees need to demonstrate competency in Microsoft® Windows.
An employee may be required to participate in further learning opportunities offered by MidMichigan Health.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Histology Technician
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS:
The histotechnologist performing the main immunohistochemistry duties must have a minimum of 2 years experience performing immunohistochemistry procedures
Basic knowledge of specific histology equipment including operation and maintenance.
Ability to interpret and follow procedure manuals, maintains supplies and utilize computer skills for data entry and information retrieval.
Ability to work as a team member, communicate effectively, adapt to changes in workflow, provide continuity in technique, recognize limitations and request assistance if needed.
Mandatory tuberculosis (TB) testing must be done annually according to MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety Health Administration) standards.
Mandatory Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training must also be completed annually according to the Exposure Control Plan.
Physical/Mental Requirements and Working Conditions
Exposure to stressful situations, including those involving public contact, as well as, trauma, grief and death.
Able to wear personal protective equipment that includes latex materials or appropriate substitute if required for your position.
Is able to move freely about facility with or without an assisted device and must be able to perform the functions of the job as outlined in the job description.
Overall vision and hearing is necessary with or without assisted device(s).
Frequently required to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time. May require frequent postural changes such as stooping, kneeling or crouching.
Some exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material. Must follow MidMichigan Health bloodborne pathogen and TB testing as required.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others, work independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability to stay awake.
Overall dexterity is required including handling, reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling. May require repetition of these movements on a regular to frequent basis.
Physical Demand Level: Light. Must be able to occasionally (0-33% of the workday) lift or carry 11-20 lbs., frequently (34-66% of the workday) 10 lbs. and or Walk/Stand/Push/Pull of Arm/Leg controls.
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