- Purpose of Job
- Process, embed, cut, and stain tissue sections in preparation for pathologist microscopic examination by following section policies and procedures.
- Job Requirements
- Completion of an approved histotechnician or histotechnologist program
- 1 years' experience preferred.
- National certification as a histotechnician (HT.ASCP) American Society for Clinical Pathology required.
- Computer skills required.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Light Work - Exerting up to 35 pounds of force.
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Not Related:
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Electrical Shock/Static
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Occasionally (34%-66%): - Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Frequent (67%-100%):
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) Blood or Body Fluid (BBF)
- Note: Safety Officer can assist with identification of job hazards
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
Perform duties of a histologist to assist in daily workload by performing assigned tasks.
- Routine H & E and special stains meet quality standards by feedback from the pathologists.
- Accurately perform and evaluate staining quality of patient tissue slides.
- No occurrence when a block is exhausted unless directed by a pathologist to do so.
- No unacceptable quality of slide preparation.
- Accurately perform, evaluate appropriateness and report tests/analyses requested on patient specimens.
- Uses organization and prioritization skills in achieving workload demands.
- Quality control is completed and documented 100% of the time.
- Compliant per PPE guidelines 100% of the time.
- Routine maintenance is completed and documented 100% of the time.
- Achieves section/organization quality goals.
- Assist with completion of quality control and quality assurance activities.
- Identify problems and initiate immediate follow-up as necessary with the Technical Coordinator, Section Leader, or Medical Director(s) to ensure accurate, timely laboratory services by using critical thinking skills and decisive judgment.
- Accommodates patient and laboratory needs by professionally responding to requests for flexibility in duties, schedules, and staffing.
Develop, implement, and document orientation, training, and education to ensure employee competence, provide excellent services and meet accreditation requirements by effective verbal or written communication.
- Assists in training new and existing staff to including the review and completion of orientation checklists and skill/training checklists.
- Organizational and departmental competencies are completed 100% of the time.
- Communicates process/procedural changes in a timely manner and educates staff on the need for change.
- All training documentation is completed 100% of the time.
- Evidence that new procedures and procedure revisions are read and understood.
Perform titrations on all existing immunohistochemical reagents by following all laboratory policies, procedures, and standard references
- Immunohistochemical stains meet quality benchmarks and standards by feedback from the pathologists.
- All titrations are accurate and stain adequately.
- Adequate numbers of controls are prepared.
Assist in preparation for and participate in inspections, proficiency testing, and properly maintain records to fulfill the requirements of the accrediting agencies (i.e. College of American Pathologists (CAP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) by following the provided protocol. Prepare for and participate in inspections, proficiency testing, Quality Assurance activities, properly maintain records, prepare and update section policies and procedures to fulfill the requirements of the accrediting agencies (i.e. CAP, JCAHO) by following the provided protocol.
- College of American Pathologists (CAP) inspection will meet the standards as delineated in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations by review of inspection results.
- Assist with correcting all CAP deficiencies with the deadline by review of inspection results.
- Proficiency testing is completed as assigned and submitted by the deadline.
- Assists in completion of CAP checklist responses in preparation for on-site or self-inspection as assigned.
- Assists in review/revision of procedure manuals as assigned.
- Assists technical coordinator or section leader with problem resolution and follow up reports for proficiency tests as requested.
- Assists with the completion of quality control and quality assurance activities.
Maintain and encourage open communication internally and externally to coordinate activities and provide quality laboratory services utilizing appropriate techniques. Participate as a team member to facilitate the efficiency and effectiveness of the section utilizing interpersonal skills in communication, cooperation, and assisting coworkers in all areas.
- Words and actions are congruent with organizational values.
- Phone calls are acted upon promptly and handled in a professional manner per the customer service protocol as directly observed.
- Employee brings issues of concern directly to the appropriate supervisor's attention as directly observed.
- Appropriate communication skills.
- Seek root causes of problems without seeking blame.
- Accommodates patient and laboratory needs by responding professionally to request of flexibility in duties, schedules, and staffing as directly observed and by coworker feedback.
Essential Functions II
Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
- Required annual Continuing Education hours.
- Registrations are kept active.
Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
- Understands and performs role in emergency situations( emergency code system, internal/external disasters).
- Can articulate confidentiality/HIPAA requirements for job and department.
- General safety-can locate pull station, fire extinguisher, and fire exits in the department.
- Participates in selection of new employees by being a member of the interview team.
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