Coordination and performance of all aspects of histologic preparation for clinical and research tissues. Performs the clinical pathology, diagnostic cytology service functions, including attending Interventional bronchoscopic procedures in the Minimally Invasive Diagnostic Center (MIDC), and performs the digital imaging service for clinical cases applications.
1. Follows process steps as outlined in standard operating procedures.
2. Obtains clinical samples and performs administrative functions, which includes the accessioning of patient samples, billing patient insurance, entering information into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Affinity system.
3. Responsible for appropriate and meticulous handling, fixation, processing, cutting and staining of tissue specimens for diagnostic and research applications.
4. Cuts routine paraffin sections at 4 to 5 µm a minimum rate of 12 slides of six levels per hour.
5. Embeds histology specimens in a professional manner at a minimum rate of 45 samples per hour.
6. Stores, prepares, and appropriately uses toxic chemicals, as well as carcinogenic chemicals and stains. Ensures personal and facility safety by strict adherence to facility standard procedures and policies.
7. Responsible for digital scanning of slides with the Aperio ScanScope. Accurately documents patient materials and saves images to the appropriate files in a timely manner.
8. Works closely with the histology staff to ensure timely delivery of critical samples. Appropriate daily filing, storage, return of all samples, finished histology slides and paraffin blocks as appropriate.
9. Assists with onsite cytology as needed.
10. Responsible for maintenance, routine care, and troubleshooting of lab equipment.
1. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
2. Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
3. Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
5. Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
6. Initiative: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility
1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures.
7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.
High school graduate or equivalent required. BS or BA preferred.
One (1) to four (4) years of progressive advanced technical experience in all facets of histopathology required. Additional experience in cytology, immunohistochemistry, and digital imaging preferred.
Special Training, Certification or Licensure
American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP); Histologic Technician (HT); and/or Histotechnologist (HTL) required.