The Histology Technician performs all histologic work in the anatomic pathology section of the Laboratory. Prepares surgical specimens for examination by the pathologists. Keeps exact records of all specimens received. Maintains slide and paraffin block files for frequent references. Works closely with the pathologists. Maintains all instruments related to Histology.
- Associates in Science degree and completion on an accredited Histology Program OR
- Have earned an Associates degree AND have 3 month on the job training in Histology Technicians Essential Functions (see 1a-K listed below) prior to working unsupervised with patient specimens WITH Completion of accredited Histology Program within 5 years of hire.
- Minimum of 1 years’ experience as a histology technician preferred.
- Histologic Technician-HT certification (ASCP or equivalent) preferred.
- Assists pathologists by preparing surgical specimens for processing. Uses computer to assign and accession numbers for specimen identification.
- Uses Cerner AP information system daily to record the number of blocks slides, surgical specimens, and frozen sections done on every case.
- Changes reagents and stains according to manufacturer guidelines. Records this information in the appropriate log book.
- Places specimens in capsules for processing. Loads cassettes into the tissue processor for fixing, dehydrating, clearing, and paraffin impregnation.
- Removes capsules from tissue processor for embedding of specimens in paraffin blocks. Embeds tissues in properly identified blocks. Cuts sections from paraffin blocks to proper thickness. Mounts sections on slides and stains according to established protocol to define essential features.
- Prints surgical slide labels using AP information system and attaches them to correlating surgical slides. Checks slides to determine stain quality, coverslips them and refers them to the pathologist for diagnostic interpretation and reporting.
- Prepares solutions for use in special stains and procedures according to established procedure. Performs special stains when requested by the pathologist. Performs IHC stains when requested.
- Assists pathologist with frozen sections, cutting tissue on cryostat as requested. Stains and coverslips frozen section slides. Documents turnaround time for each frozen section specimen.
- Properly processes and sends specimens needing to be sent to outside reference laboratories.
- Adheres to the departmental procedure manuals. Assists in periodic review of the manual and make necessary revisions.
- Follows established safety procedures according to OSHA standards and departmental policy. Maintains cleanliness of department and working area at all times.
Standards of Behavior:
- Attitude - Provides highest quality service and meeting customers' needs with utmost kindness, care, compassion, courtesy, empathy, respect and friendliness. Always acknowledges and serves customers with a friendly, open smile and direct eye contact.
- Appearance - Takes pride in personal appearance, the facility and its surroundings.
- Commitment to Coworkers - Recognizes we are linked to one another by a common purpose; serving our patients and our community, that we are team members with our physicians and co-workers, and that we each deserve respect and support.
- Communication - Listens attentively to our customers to fully understand needs. Pays close attention to both verbal and non-verbal communication. Is committed to exceeding customers' expectations and providing more than what is expected.
- Customer Waiting - Provides prompt service, keeps customers informed regarding the time in which the service will be performed and makes customers comfortable while they are waiting.
- Privacy – Maintains customer privacy and confidentiality
- Responsiveness - Acknowledges every approaching patient or family member. Responds in a way that demonstrates the care, courtesy and respect our customers deserve.
- Safety Awareness - Ensures an accident-free environment. Establishes, promotes and monitors a proactive innovative approach to enhance hospital and patient safety. Adheres to and ensures compliance with Joint commission Patient Safety Goals and hospital safety policies.
- Sense of Ownership - Demonstrates a sense of ownership in their job, takes pride in what they do, and how they do it. Accepts responsibility for and is in control of the job that needs to be done
- Team Member is accountable for areas of responsibility meeting regulatory requirements including but not limited to maintaining annual TB testing, completing annual mandatories (ALC and competency), and maintaining current registration/certification/licensures as appropriate to position requirements.