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Performs a comprehensive range of routine and special laboratory analyses on patient specimens in both routine and emergency situations. Such analyses incorporate a thorough knowledge of test principles and techniques permitting the proper evaluation of a specimen for processing, selection of the correct analytical technique, interpretation of data, and verification and communication of results. Responsible for all technical aspects in the Histology and Cytology clinical sections, regulatory compliance and personnel scheduling. In conjunction with the medical director and pathology manager, responsible for investigating, validating and implementing new technologies.
Responsibilities: 1. Prepares Tissue Specimens for Processing 1.1. Adheres to the procedure manual for proper handling of specimens and quality results 1.2. Cooperates with office personnel to ensure reports and slides are being distributed in a timely fashion 1.3. Verifies program for tissue processors and makes changes as needed 1.4. Removes processed tissue from tissue processor and embeds specimens in hot paraffin using the proper orientation for the tissue 1.5. Consistently cuts paraffin blocks 4 or 5 microns and mount tissue on glass slides. Skilled in adjusting cutting angle of blade. 1.6. Stain, coverslip, and label glass slides. Skilled in the use and can toubleshoot the automated stainers. 1.7. Process decal specimens. Ensure proper decalcification 1.8. Perform special stains and immunostains with excellent quality 1.9. Communicates with pathologist to ensure procedure to be used is in compliance with request 1.10. Enters ordered stains and controls into CoPath computer system 1.11. Displays ability to modify and/or change staining procedures as necessary. Updates procedures and relates all changes to the Histology medical director for approval. 1.12. Makes up solutions used in performing routine and special stains 1.13. Maintains solutions on tissue processors and automated stainers. Makes adjustments to programs as necessary. 1.14. Obtains and test specimens to be used as positive controls for various special stains performed 2. Continuous Quality Improvement 2.1. Displays ability to identify and correct any mislabeled blocks/slides 2.2. Verifies labeling of slides prior to review by a pathologist 2.3. Corrects any and all labeling discrepancies. Notifies prosector and/or histotechnician 2.4. Documents labeling errors within quality module of CoPathPlus computer system 2.5. Monitors quality of immunohistochemistry slides 2.6. Documents problems with quality of slide preparation. Documents review of slides with histotechnician 2.7. Adjust reagents/processing times on tissue processors to enhance quality of slide preparation 2.8. Differentiates and resolves technical, instrument, physiologic causes of problems or unexpected results 2.9. Performs and interprets standard, complex, and specialized tests 2.10. Gives direction and guidance to technical support personnel. 3. Equipment Maintenance/Purchase 3.1. Ensures maintenance of logs for routine maintenance on automatic slide stainers, microtomes, embedding stations, and other equipment used Histology 3.2. Ensures proper cleaning, solution changes and programming for the automated stainers and tissue processors 3.3. Familiar with service contract agreements and schedules preventive maintenance as appropriate 3.4. Ensures that records are maintained of temperatures for water baths, ovens, paraffin dispenser, paraffin pitcher, refrigerators, and embedding station 3.5. Adheres to prescribed safety practices and procedures 3.6. Researches and demo any new equipment purchased for the Histology department. Validate test results. Participates in the selection of new equipment. 4. Leadership Responsibilities 4.1. Communicates Hospital/Departmental/Section information via regularly scheduled staff meetings 4.2. Maintains staffing scheduled hours so that appropriate coverage is provided. Ensures section remains within bugeted hours 4.3. Works with Histology medical director to develop and validate new staining techniques 4.4. Works with Histology medical director to improve quality of slide preparation 4.5. Communicates with and educates staff of changes in procedures effectively 4.6. Reviews and revises procedure manuals regularly and as needed 4.7. Conducts proficiency testing of Histology personel as per required standards 4.8. Assists Pathology Manager with the completion of performance reviews in a timely and fair fashion 4.9. Communicates changes in operation to office personnel and cytology personnel in a timely and effective fashion 4.10. Copperates effectively with office manager and cytotechnologist to enhance quality and efficiency of operation 4.11. Is familiar with and ensures compliance with JCAHO and CAP standards as they relate to the Histology and Cytology sections 4.12. Ensures compliance with procedures and policies for glassware washing 4.13. Trains new employees on all aspects of the histology section 4.14. Maintains appropriate inventory of Histology and Cytology supplies. Monitors/revises any standing orders 4.15. Ensures orderly operation of the cutting room, accessioning area and the cytology preparation areas. 5. Computer 5.1. Understands the Histology module of the CoPathPlus computer system and ensures that all staff can correctly compile and check logs, print labels, enter special stains and controls and verify work 5.2. Understands specimen acquistion and accession and ensures appropriate policies and procedures are followed 5.3. Ensures collection of workload via CoPathPlus computer 5.4. Provides appropriate information to the CoPathPlus system manager to ensure that all Histology dictionaries are correct and remain updated. 5.5. Participates in evaluation/testing of histology function related to software and hardware enhancements/migrations. 6. Immunohistochemistry 6.1. Performs immunostaining with excellent quality results 6.2. Reviews quality of all immunostains performed withing the section to ensure proper staining results 6.3. Troubleshoots factors contributing to less than adequate staining qualities 6.4. Communicates with Histology medical director to add new antibodies to the menu, validate staining results, review staining quality, etc 6.5. Enters immunostains ordered into the autostainers and copath 6.6. Displays ability to modify and/or change staining procedures as necessary. Relates all changes to the Histology medical director for approval and updates procedure manual 6.7. Makes up reagents and dilutes antibodies used in the immunostain process. Makes up pH buffer and records pH in log 6.8. Maintains solution on the automated immunostainer. 6.9. Obtains and test specimens to be used as positive controls for the various antibodies used. 7. Continuing Medical Education 7.1. Takes initiative to update knowledge of and skills in new procedures, equipment, methods, tools, techniques, etc 7.2. Is mindful of department budget and workload when planning to attend conferneces,seminars, educational sessions and other activities which may update skills 7.3. Plans and carries out activities to update skills in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, prioritizing based on current job needs 7.4. Remains practical in attempting to apply updated skills to department's current routine 7.5. Participates in assisting the clinical section to reorganize and maintain a healthy working environment for fellow employees 7.6. Maintains current required certification, licenses and skill level 8. Code of Conduct Expectations 8.1. Consistently demonstrates behaviors that promote outstanding customer service 8.2. Promote positive teamwork, take ownership, demonstrate care and concern and is a problem solver. 8.3. Consistently greates all patients, visitors, medical staff and fellow employees with respect and in a courteous manner. 8.4. Consistently maintains the confidentiality of all Personal Health Information. Refrain from obtaining or attempting to obtain information for which they have not received access authorization 8.5. Adjusts work schedule and adapts vacation plans willingly, to meet departmental needs 8.6. Carries out assigned tasks in an efficient manner, uses time well, and seeks additional work to utilize free time 8.7. Willingly carries out additional assignments as required 8.8. Recognizes the scope of responsibilities and functions within the limitation of the job description and organization structure 8.9. Responds in a positive manner to constructive criticism 8.10. Good team worker. Exemplifies optimal cooperation and positive attitude towards co-workers and others 8.11. Demonstrates high degree of dependability and reliability under a variety of working conditions 8.12. Displays honesty and sincerity in providing feedback to management concerning ideas for improved organization efficiency and better patient care 8.13. Is able to work independently with a high degree of self motivation, requiring minimal supervision 8.14. Maintains and adheres to departmental and hospital policies and procedures regarding patient/department/medical staff, etc
A baccalaureate degree in an approved major (e.g. biology, chemistry) and one year of experience in a histopathology lab with HT certification required. Completion of a formal histotechnology (4 year) educational program ASCP Certification (HTL) preferred.
At least 3 years experience as a histotechnologist with some supervisory responsibilities. A minimum of five (5) years experience as a Histotechnologist in a hosital-based laboratory required. Management experience preferred.
HTL(ASCP) certification required.
Technical, communication, and organizational skills required, as well as excellent attention to detail and very good hand-eye coordination. Must have a working comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests. Comprehends and follows procedural guidelines. Recognizes unexpected results and takes appropriate action.
Attention to detail is essential for successful job performance in order to maintain the correct patient identification throughout the highly manual process. Patient, specimen, part and block information is transferred from cassette to block and then block to slide. Any error in labeling could potentially result in an incorrect patient diagnosis.
The position requires independent thought and analysis. The quality of any given stain is dependent on consistent and accurate temperatures, dilutions, timing, etc as well as the performance of the automated portions of the procedures. The ability of the pathologist to make some diagnoses is directly related to the quality of the stains. Responsibilities of this position include review and evaluation of all stains produced in the department. Inadequate staining quality must not only be detected, but also corrected by understanding the theory and principles behind the staining method.
Ability to do extended amounts of time sitting at a microtome or using a computer terminal. Repetitive arm rotary action required. Sensory exposure to various organic solvents must be tolerated.