Job Title: Histotechnician/ Histotechnologist
- Perferred ASCP certification. This is not a requirement to function effectively in fulfilling the duties and responsibility as a technician in histology.
- The technician, however, should have the appropriate training and possess a broad knowledge of the technical aspect of histology which includes but is not limited to section cutting, embedding, frozen section and special staining.
- The technician will follow the direction of the supervisor while taking initiative in performing and promoting quality and efficiency within the department.
- Interact responsibly with other clerical and technical staff, and other departments within the organization.
Midnight – 9:00 AM
Quantity of Work (40%)
- Embeds tissue correctly.
- Orientation is appropriate.
- Block size and placement of specimens are in compliance with department protocols.
- Requests to re-embed due to faulty original orientation are negligible. (10%)
- Microtomy skills permit persistent sectioning at 4-5 microns, with artifact free sections.
- Recuts on request blocks, to produce additional slides or “levels”, are performed without loss of tissue or compromise of specimen. (10%)
- Performs established staining procedures accurately and precisely.
- Follows all routine H&E and special staining protocols.
- Performs immunohistochemistry if allowed according to established procedures.
- Produces satisfactory positive and negative control slides for each test performed.
- Has no more than 3 test procedures found unsatisfactory documented and repeated. (Major errors sent out undetected. (10%)
- Clerical tasks are accurately performed and completed.
- Slides are correctly labeled and initialed with information accurately transformed to slides. Performs QC/QA documentation as required by current departmental practices.
- Upkeeps log book (no white out). (10%)
Quantity of Work (20%):
- Embeds a minimum of 50 large or 30 small or multiple blocks per hour of embedding time, sections a minimum of 35 blocks per hour.
- Increases speed without loss of quality. (5%)
- Meets deadlines.
- Organizes work load to meet established turn-around time.
- Prioritizes tasks according to established departmental practices.
- Expedites “Rush” specimens.
- Integrates slide availability with current courier schedules. (5%)
- Is flexible and versatile in responding to changing procedural requirements.
- Performs simultaneous procedures, and “batches” tests where appropriate.
- Rotates task assignments according to department needs.
- Willingly covers co-workers time off, adding extra duties to own schedule temporarily. (5%)
- Uses time effectively. Uses lag-times for recurring low priority tasks such as equipment maintenance, housekeeping, supply inventory and stocking, replenishes routine reagents, out-dates expired ones, and leaves test “set-ups” for the following user.
- Cares for equipment and own work area.
- Helps file slides and blocks and assists in clerical area. (5%)
Education and Cross-training Job Knowledge (20%):
- Regularly performs microscopic evaluation of routine and special procedures.
- Can recognize positive results, differentiate incorrectly performed work and make corrections. (5%)
- Demonstrates, by correct test performance, a complete understanding of all routine and special procedures in current use.
- Regularly reviews all procedure manuals, safety manuals, and equipment operator’s manual.
- Is able to operate all equipment in the department. (5%)
- Learns specialty areas of test performance, and cross trains whenever possible to increase versatility and provide additional skills within the department.
- Demonstrates an interest in remaining current in the field.
- Studies to broaden understanding and improve skills. (10%)
Judgement and Interaction (20%)
- Communicates effectively.
- Handles all exchange of information with courtesy and accuracy.
- Always reports any incomplete or misunderstanding of procedures to ensure continuity of production.
- Follows up any discrepancies or inconsistencies to resolution, reports findings and corrective action to supervisor.
- Solicits help if unable to resolve problems.
- Is able to receive instructions and constructive criticism with tact and concern. (5%)
- Complies with all department and organization rules and regulations.
- Reports to work as scheduled, on time and ready to begin tasks.
- Reliably records arrival and departure times in the time clock system.
- Schedules time-off in advance whenever possible.
- Uses sick time according to its intended use.
- Is willing to reschedule work hours or remain late to meet department needs.
- Abides by laboratory dress codes and complies by all fire, safety and infection control practices. (5%)
- Works well with co-workers and supervisors.
- Interacts well with pathologists and administrative personnel.
- Consistently strives to be an effective productive member of the department.
- Demonstrates by all conversation and behavior, a positive image of our laboratory, as a caring quality oriented organization. (10%)
Education & Training:
- High school diploma or GED
- HT (ASCP) or equivalent experience and training
- At least I year of experience or new graduate.
- Occasional walking, standing, bending and reaching when filing, photocopying, etc.
- Light lifting of under 50 pounds on an infrequent basis.
- CAUTION: There is a moderate potential for skin, eye, mucous membrane, non-intact skin or parenteral contact with potentially infectious materials or chemicals which may be result from the performance of an employee’s regular duties.