The Histology Technologist is responsible for preparation of specimens for the pathologist. All methods of practice shall conform to written established lab standard operating procedures and be carried out to the highest achievable level of technical competence in a manner demonstrating concern and consideration.
The Histology Technologist surgical pathology slides for diagnosis, frozen sections, special stain, immunohistochemistry procedures (IHC) stains, histology equipment in a safe manner and is responsible for slide and block files. The Histology Technologist responsible for preventative maintenance, troubleshooting of equipment, QA and QC records, temperature and equipment charts, safety procedures, training, exposure and waste management.
Examines slides under microscope to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements. Studies slides under microscope to detect deviations from expected results and reports abnormalities for further study. Prepares chemicals and stains for performing tests. Uses all chemicals following safety procedures, maintains accurate and adequate inventory of reagents and supplies. Tracks utilization and expiration dates.
The Histology Technologist aassumes responsibility for keeping the work area clean, neat, organized and completes thorough cleaning at the end of work period.
This position supports organizational goals by providing quality customer service, participating in performance improvement efforts and demonstrating a commitment to team work and cooperation.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree and completion of an accredited histology technology program or meets FDA qualifications for CLIA (1988 Clinical Lab Improvement Amendments) standards for all laboratory and high complexity testing.
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: HTL ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) required from 18 months of hire or transfer. Certification must be maintained if not grandfathered from the Board of Registry (BOR) and rrequires participation in 12 CEUs annually.
EXPERIENCE: Prior experience preferred, but not required. Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire; incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and then skill will be required for this position within 30-60 days from date of hire.
Demonstrates the ability to perform the department specific competencies as listed on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.
Strict compliance with laboratory Fraud and Abuse policies and requirements is an employment condition.
Must have the ability to distinguish colors.
Potential for exposure to the hazards and risk of the hospital environment, including exposure to infectious disease, blood-borne pathogens, hazardous substances, and potential injury.
This position demands increased amounts of standing, bending and manual manipulation, as well as some light lifting up to 20lbs.
The department specific Assessment and Evaluation Tool lists the essential functions of this position.
Core competencies will be assessed primarily to the following patient population(s) served (with the exception of newborns): All diagnoses/conditions of patients admitted to the hospital.
This position reports to the Laboratory Manager/Supervisor.
The above statement reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.