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The Histotechnician reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.
A Histotechnician performs routine histology procedures resulting in stained slides for microscopic review and diagnosis by the pathologist.
- Communication with pathologists, residents, and coordinators regarding specimen problems.
- Participate in the laboratory occurrence management program.
- Performs cassette-log reconciliation.
- Initiates appropriate programs on conventional and microwave tissue processors.
- Recognizes, resolves, and documents standard processor alarms.
- Embeds biopsy, routine surgical, and autopsy tissues per SOP.
- Recognizes adequacy of processing.
- Identifies and orients tissues correctly.
- Documents tracking and quality issues on embedding log.
- Performs and documents routine paraffin block reconciliation. Prioritizes blocks based on established guidelines.
- Operates microtome per SOP.
- Determines appropriate block orientation and alignment, knife angles, and settings to obtain representative sections.
- Recognizes acceptable vs. unacceptable sections
- Evaluates instances in which specific tissue might require a deviation from standard procedures to insure diagnostic sections are produced.
- Documents blocks cut in laboratory information system.
- Operates automated instrumentation to stain and coverslip microscopic slides.
- Performs manual methods during instrument down times.
- Recognizes, resolves, and documents unacceptable staining and cover slipping results or instrument failure.
- Labels slides, collates with paperwork, and submits to appropriate pathologist or resident.
- Documents appropriate tracking information.
- Performs special staining techniques using automated instrumentation and manual methods.
- Identifies appropriate positive or negative controls.
- Evaluates stains microscopically for acceptable results.
- Identifies and corrects staining deficiencies.
- Documents stains and quality issues.
- Maintains specimen integrity and accurate legible specimen identification throughout all technical and clerical processes.
- Records all documentation consistently and legibly.
- Maintains manual and electronic records for easy retrieval of data as necessary.
- Investigates, escalates, and documents any discrepancies or unresolved issues appropriately.
- Prioritizes technical workload based on assignment or established priorities, responds effectively to changes in workflow adjusting work to incorporate STAT requests or fluctuations in work volume.
- Exercises independent judgment in the performance of technical responsibilities.
- Practices the proficient and safe use of all equipment necessary for the completion of all duties and responsibilities within defined turn-around times.
- Performs required Quality System responsibilities including initiating Quality Investigation Reports.
- Cleans, disinfects, performs, and documents routine equipment and instrument per SOP.
- Reports equipment or instrument malfunctions appropriately.
- Maintains a clean and safe work environment to ensure efficient workflow and compliance with all regulatory requirements.
- Cleans and disinfects laboratory areas per SOP.
- Performs minor spill cleanup per SOP when necessary.
- Monitors laboratory inventory to ensure supply levels are appropriate and adequate.
- Notifies coordinator promptly of any supply issues.
- Fosters department and laboratory teamwork through effective communication.
- Participates in Safety and Infection Control activities.
- Follows all required safety procedures, assumes a proactive role in laboratory safety.
- Takes initiative for personal development by attending teleconferences, educational sessions, and required meetings.
- Some assignments involve long periods of standing or sitting.
- Some assignments involve lifting or pushing carts up to 50lbs.
- Some assignments involve walking to other hospital and clinic buildings.
- May be required to properly handle and dispose of hazardous materials.
- Personal protective equipment is provided by the laboratory and is worn in the department due to exposure to biohazardous or chemically hazardous materials.
- HT (ASCP) certification or HT (ASCP) eligible.
- High school diploma.
- Computer experience with keyboard proficiency.
- Ability to maintain accurate and legible documentation.
- Familiarity with medical terminology.
- HTL (ASCP) certification or HT (ASCP) eligible.
- B.S. degree in the biological, life sciences, medical laboratory technology, or other related field.
- Prior work experience in laboratory support or health related experience.
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