Employment Type: Full-Time
Under general supervision and following established procedures, prepares specimens of tissue for microscopic evaluation by a physician in order to provide information on the functioning of tissues and organs and other information relative to the cause and progress of the disease. Prepares dyes and chemical solutions, processes frozen sections, and performs other related duties as required.
- Obtains surgical specimens and orientates them on a supporting medium according to a special diagram obtained from the physician.
- Places the specimen in a cryostat and cuts extremely thin sections and mounts sections on glass slides.
- Stains the microscopic slide and covers with a resin and cover glass for protection and preservation of the tissue specimen.
- Maintains files on slides by the patient's chemosurgery or biopsy number, name, medical record number, diagnosis, and the location of patient's slide in the file.
- Decalcifies bone specimens and processes bone marrow specimens.
- Responsible for the maintenance and orderly condition of assigned equipment, instrument, and work area.
- Performs other related duties as required
- Vision Near Acuity: Ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less.
- Depth Perception: Ability to judge distance and space relationships.
- Accommodation: Ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.
- Colour Vision: Ability to distinguish and identify different colors necessary
to perform job functions.
- Must meet or exceed core customer service responsibilities, standards and behaviors as outlined in the HFHS Customer Service policy (Communication, Understanding, Sensitivity, Teamwork, Ownership, Motivation, Excellence, Respect)
- Must possess the following personal qualities:
- be self-directed;
- be flexible and committed to the team concept;
- demonstrate teamwork, initiative, and willingness to learn;
- possess interpersonal skills and communication skills;
- be willing to instruct others; and be open to new learning experiences.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
- Regularly exposed to infection from disease-bearing specimens, organs and tissues.
Regular exposure to electrical equipment, chemicals, odors, changing temperatures,
and frequent interruptions.
- May handle absentee replacement on short notice.
- May require prolonged standing, walking, and the ability to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.
Eye and face protection, gown, lab coat, apron, mask, non-sterile medical gloves and
utility gloves as required by task or duties.
- Completion of accredited bachelor's degree program in chemical, physical, biological science, medical technology or clinical laboratory science.
- Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Histotechnologist, preferred.
- At least one (1) year of supervised training in a clinical laboratory in histologic techniques to perform tissue staining procedures and the processing of bone marrow specimens preferred
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