The Histology Technician/Technologist will perform the various tasks required for receiving, processing, and preparing patient tissue specimens for microscopic examination and analysis by the Pathologist. This may include logging, batching, and cutting, mounting and staining procedures. Tissue specimens received from surgical or diagnostic cases are sorted, logged, and prioritized according to the standards required.
Upon receiving written or verbal orders from physicians or their designees, the Histology Technician/Technologist will coordinate daily workflow of tasks and activities in the surgical pathology area with regard to routine procedures, special procedures, and the surgery schedule.
1. Retrieves specimens from Dr’s offices or delivery outdoor boxes
2. Receives specimens for surgery centers when delivered to the Laboratory
3. Sorts specimens according to priority and insurances
4. Assist grossing and set machines for Tissue Processing
5. Embedding, cutting tissue sections, and staining of slides
6. Prepares solutions, stains, and reagents in accordance with standards written procedures
7. Operates and maintains all histology area lab equipment and quality control book up to date
8. Records patients information in the computer system
9. Performs and monitors inventory of supplies, equipment, and reagents used, and places orders for replacements as required
10. Performs other duties as requested by supervisors
11. Performs with a minimum of errors- works neatly and with accuracy regardless of volume of work
12. Shows willingness to assist other laboratory personnel when requested
13. Shows willingness to assist other laboratory personnel as workload permits without being requested to do so
14. Encourages other lab personnel towards professional growth and development by sharing information
15. Keeps current with changes in laboratory procedures
16. Daily assignments are completed within eight – hour shifts
17. Able to determine priorities when organizing daily assignments
18. Seeks assistance when necessary from Histology Technologist or
19. Maintains good interpersonal relationships with co-workers and with people in general
20. Promotes an environment in which the laboratory staff can work together cooperatively toward objectives
21. Capable of performing a variety of tasks within the scope of job duties
22. Accepts accountability for actions
23. Assumes responsibility for own behavior
24. Accepts responsibility for an becomes available for overtime when workload requires
25. Accepts responsibility for and becomes available to work a different shift when workload or conditions warrant it
1. Must be a Registered Histology Technician/Technologist (ASCP) or be eligible for such registration or have a high school education and a minimum of two (2) years experience as a Histology Technician/Histologist or have a minimum of one years training under the direction of a registered Histology Technologist.
2. Spatial ability is required to perceive three-dimensional and geometric relationships when cutting paraffin blocks and making embedding molds.
3. Finger dexterity required to manipulate the micro-thin tissue sections and to mount onto microscope slides
4. Color discrimination required to verify diagnostic quality of staining processes in order that essential features of tissue sections can be properly defined.
Laboratory / Pathology : Histology Technician/Technologist
Medium – generally not lifting more than 50 lbs. maximum with frequent lifting and / or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.