Histology Technician 2 – Part Time – Inova Health System – Fairfax, VA

Inova Health System

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Job Type
Part-time

Full Job Description

Communicates to maintain team knowledge, demonstrates knowledge of regulatory standards in order to satisfy compliance requirements, and participates in professional growth opportunities to enhance personal, team, and department development. Consistently cuts high quality slides for routine and special staining procedures. Orients and embeds pathology specimens to ensure optimal sectioning. Perform routine and special staining, coverslips and appropriately labels slides, and reviews stain quality microscopically. Performs all clerical and computer tasks necessary to support the quality operation of the department. Maintains positive patient identification through out process. Process, prepare, and stain Cytology specimens to ensure quality results and accurate diagnosis by the cytologists/pathologists. Utilizes a microtome to section paraffin blocks and consistently produces high quality slides for routine, special staining and immunochemistry procedures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Meets any continuing education requirements.
    • Uses time to departmental advantage: is flexible; adapts; multitasks.
    • Performs additional duties as assigned.
    • Stays informed: attends meetings or reads minutes; signs off on changes, in a timely manner; reads e-mail; reads/watches informational memos/articles/videos.
    • Oversees laboratory operations for specified periods of time.
    • Proactively assists and crosstrains by sharing knowledge.
    • Trains new employees.
    • Resolves problems or communicates unresolved problems to the staff/management.
  • Maintains coworker confidentiality.
    • Follows regulatory agency guidelines (CAP, JCAHO, Medicare, OSHA, state, FDA).
    • Communicates unresolved problems to the staff/management. (at all times)
    • Follows site specific SOPs, manuals, and instructions. (at all times)
    • Successfully completes specific/job related continuing education units annually outside of mandatory Healthstream courses (at all times)
  • Correctly positions blocks in the microtome and rough face to the appropriate depth to ensure the section on the slide is of the entire tissue surface.
    • Position blades at the correct angle and routinely change blades to ensure sections are free of tears, lines, folds and cellular distortion.
    • Maintains a clean water bath and cleans water surface between sections to ensure sections are free of floaters and cross contamination.
    • Follows staining protocols to ensure tissue sections are cut at the appropriate thickness or micrometer.
    • Verifies block and slide ID match with the same surgical number.
    • Demonstrates the ability to train and instruct trainee HT, HT I and HT II on correct embedding techniques. (as needed)
    • Ensures that blocks are not over or under filled with embedding medium and free of air bubbles.
    • Ensures that the tissue is embedded according to SOP.
    • Quality blocks are produced to ensure quality slides are made.
  • Any discrepancies or concern, SOP for Quality Assurance is followed. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Maintains an adequate margin of embedding medium surrounding all sides of the tissue. ( minimum of 2mm)
    • Communicates STAT cases, discrepancies, and assist with continuous workflow by providing work to the table to be cut and per SOP. (at all times)
    • Follows handling instructions on cassette or specimen gross log to ensure proper tissue orientation.
    • No cross contamination. (at all times)
    • Recognizes and identifies different gross tissues structures to ensure proper orientation.
  • Embeds 45-50 quality cassettes per hour. (at all time)
    • Instructs HT I and II on proper embedding techniques and resolves problems.
    • Demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge with expertise in routine embedding and expertise in embedding difficult and tiny tissue orientation.
    • Recognizes and identifies different gross tissues structures to ensure proper orientation. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Produce uniformly stained slides with consistent stain intensity, according to established procedures.
  • Review special stains and immunohistochemical stains microscopically to ensure positive results, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Labels slides accurately, matching slides to correct protocol, and reviews and records stain quality, according to established procedures.
    • Communicates STAT cases, discrepancies, and assist with continuous workflow by providing work to assistants and per SOP. (at all times)
    • Accurately process requests for special stains and immunohistochemical stains, prepares reagents needed to perform stain, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Perform special stains and immunohistochemical stains, using correct controls to check for positive results, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
    • Coverslip stained slides quickly and uniformly, ensuring that they are clean, neat, and free of artifacts, according to established procedures. (no more than 6 variances/yr.)
    • Identifies staining irregularities in routine work, special stains, immunohistochemical stains and QC slides.
    • Troubleshoot and recover irregular slides. (at all times)
    • After certification, assist in Digital Pathology, register cases, scan slides, print QA reports, identify staining issues, etc. (as needed)
    • Performs all clerical and computer tasks necessary to support the quality operation of the department.
    • Handle slides, blocks, and tissues (to include filling, retrieval, and disposal) in a timely and accurate manner, according to established procedures.
    • Has read, fully understands and follows the policies and procedures for histology, and special stains. (at all times)
  • Organize periodic QA materials for pathology peer review, in a timely manner, according to established procedures.
    • Understands the TAT goals for set for the department and uses that information to help prioritize the work. (at all times)
    • Accession specimens, order procedures, enter level charges, and generate slide labels quickly and accurately in the L.I.S., according to established procedures.
    • Has read, fully understand and follows the Chemical Hygiene Plan and PPE worksheet. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Maintain accurate documentation, including computerized documentation if applicable, in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.
    • Such as variance forms, process specimen logs, equipment maintenance logs, etc. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Process send outs accurately and completely, according to established procedures.
    • Participates in CAP preparedness, self inspection, and review checklist (as needed)
    • Process specimens in appropriate fixatives, to include special handling requirements for fresh tissues, according to established procedures.
    • Order supplies to maintain adequate inventory levels at all times, according to established procedures.
    • Understand principles and procedures of specimen processing in order to prepare the best cytological preparation, in an independent manner, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
  • Maintain optimal technical quality in preparation of specimens for cell blocks and staining of slides, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Cuts 30-35 quality slides per hour. (at all times)
    • Verifies block and slide ID match with the same surgical number.
    • No mis-patient identification. ONE BLOCK ONE SLIDE WORKFLOW. (at all times)
    • Obtain sections for recuts, special stains and immunohistochemical stains, selecting the appropriate controls, mounting, dry time, deparrifinization, etc. as needed. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Routinely tackles complex protocols, producing quality slides such as hirchsprung, liver, kidney cases. (no more than 2 occurrences)

Additional Requirements

Education

  • (After December 14, 2015) , (Prior to December 14, 2015) , At least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), or an associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), AND one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology (clinical, veterinary, industry or research) laboratory in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the last ten years., High school, OR , Successful completion of a N/AACLS accredited Histotechnician program within the last five years prior to the date of application for examination..

Years of Experience

  • 2 years of experience

Certification

  • HT (ASCP) or eligible

Communicates to maintain team knowledge, demonstrates knowledge of regulatory standards in order to satisfy compliance requirements, and participates in professional growth opportunities to enhance personal, team, and department development. Consistently cuts high quality slides for routine and special staining procedures. Orients and embeds pathology specimens to ensure optimal sectioning. Perform routine and special staining, coverslips and appropriately labels slides, and reviews stain quality microscopically. Performs all clerical and computer tasks necessary to support the quality operation of the department. Maintains positive patient identification through out process. Process, prepare, and stain Cytology specimens to ensure quality results and accurate diagnosis by the cytologists/pathologists. Utilizes a microtome to section paraffin blocks and consistently produces high quality slides for routine, special staining and immunochemistry procedures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Meets any continuing education requirements.
    • Uses time to departmental advantage: is flexible; adapts; multitasks.
    • Performs additional duties as assigned.
    • Stays informed: attends meetings or reads minutes; signs off on changes, in a timely manner; reads e-mail; reads/watches informational memos/articles/videos.
    • Oversees laboratory operations for specified periods of time.
    • Proactively assists and crosstrains by sharing knowledge.
    • Trains new employees.
    • Resolves problems or communicates unresolved problems to the staff/management.
  • Maintains coworker confidentiality.
    • Follows regulatory agency guidelines (CAP, JCAHO, Medicare, OSHA, state, FDA).
    • Communicates unresolved problems to the staff/management. (at all times)
    • Follows site specific SOPs, manuals, and instructions. (at all times)
    • Successfully completes specific/job related continuing education units annually outside of mandatory Healthstream courses (at all times)
  • Correctly positions blocks in the microtome and rough face to the appropriate depth to ensure the section on the slide is of the entire tissue surface.
    • Position blades at the correct angle and routinely change blades to ensure sections are free of tears, lines, folds and cellular distortion.
    • Maintains a clean water bath and cleans water surface between sections to ensure sections are free of floaters and cross contamination.
    • Follows staining protocols to ensure tissue sections are cut at the appropriate thickness or micrometer.
    • Verifies block and slide ID match with the same surgical number.
    • Demonstrates the ability to train and instruct trainee HT, HT I and HT II on correct embedding techniques. (as needed)
    • Ensures that blocks are not over or under filled with embedding medium and free of air bubbles.
    • Ensures that the tissue is embedded according to SOP.
    • Quality blocks are produced to ensure quality slides are made.
  • Any discrepancies or concern, SOP for Quality Assurance is followed. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Maintains an adequate margin of embedding medium surrounding all sides of the tissue. ( minimum of 2mm)
    • Communicates STAT cases, discrepancies, and assist with continuous workflow by providing work to the table to be cut and per SOP. (at all times)
    • Follows handling instructions on cassette or specimen gross log to ensure proper tissue orientation.
    • No cross contamination. (at all times)
    • Recognizes and identifies different gross tissues structures to ensure proper orientation.
  • Embeds 45-50 quality cassettes per hour. (at all time)
    • Instructs HT I and II on proper embedding techniques and resolves problems.
    • Demonstrates depth and breadth of knowledge with expertise in routine embedding and expertise in embedding difficult and tiny tissue orientation.
    • Recognizes and identifies different gross tissues structures to ensure proper orientation. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Produce uniformly stained slides with consistent stain intensity, according to established procedures.
  • Review special stains and immunohistochemical stains microscopically to ensure positive results, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Labels slides accurately, matching slides to correct protocol, and reviews and records stain quality, according to established procedures.
    • Communicates STAT cases, discrepancies, and assist with continuous workflow by providing work to assistants and per SOP. (at all times)
    • Accurately process requests for special stains and immunohistochemical stains, prepares reagents needed to perform stain, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Perform special stains and immunohistochemical stains, using correct controls to check for positive results, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
    • Coverslip stained slides quickly and uniformly, ensuring that they are clean, neat, and free of artifacts, according to established procedures. (no more than 6 variances/yr.)
    • Identifies staining irregularities in routine work, special stains, immunohistochemical stains and QC slides.
    • Troubleshoot and recover irregular slides. (at all times)
    • After certification, assist in Digital Pathology, register cases, scan slides, print QA reports, identify staining issues, etc. (as needed)
    • Performs all clerical and computer tasks necessary to support the quality operation of the department.
    • Handle slides, blocks, and tissues (to include filling, retrieval, and disposal) in a timely and accurate manner, according to established procedures.
    • Has read, fully understands and follows the policies and procedures for histology, and special stains. (at all times)
  • Organize periodic QA materials for pathology peer review, in a timely manner, according to established procedures.
    • Understands the TAT goals for set for the department and uses that information to help prioritize the work. (at all times)
    • Accession specimens, order procedures, enter level charges, and generate slide labels quickly and accurately in the L.I.S., according to established procedures.
    • Has read, fully understand and follows the Chemical Hygiene Plan and PPE worksheet. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Maintain accurate documentation, including computerized documentation if applicable, in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations.
    • Such as variance forms, process specimen logs, equipment maintenance logs, etc. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Process send outs accurately and completely, according to established procedures.
    • Participates in CAP preparedness, self inspection, and review checklist (as needed)
    • Process specimens in appropriate fixatives, to include special handling requirements for fresh tissues, according to established procedures.
    • Order supplies to maintain adequate inventory levels at all times, according to established procedures.
    • Understand principles and procedures of specimen processing in order to prepare the best cytological preparation, in an independent manner, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
  • Maintain optimal technical quality in preparation of specimens for cell blocks and staining of slides, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 occurrences)
    • Cuts 30-35 quality slides per hour. (at all times)
    • Verifies block and slide ID match with the same surgical number.
    • No mis-patient identification. ONE BLOCK ONE SLIDE WORKFLOW. (at all times)
    • Obtain sections for recuts, special stains and immunohistochemical stains, selecting the appropriate controls, mounting, dry time, deparrifinization, etc. as needed. (no more than 1 occurrence)
    • Routinely tackles complex protocols, producing quality slides such as hirchsprung, liver, kidney cases. (no more than 2 occurrences)

Additional Requirements

Education

  • (After December 14, 2015) , (Prior to December 14, 2015) , At least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), or an associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), AND one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology (clinical, veterinary, industry or research) laboratory in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory* within the last ten years., High school, OR , Successful completion of a N/AACLS accredited Histotechnician program within the last five years prior to the date of application for examination..

Years of Experience

  • 2 years of experience

Certification

  • HT (ASCP) or eligible

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