Overview To be part of our organization, every employee should
understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and
live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered,
respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as
individuals and professionals, every day.
Working in a Pathology laboratory environment, processing
Histology specimens. Maintain a working knowledge of intermediate
chemistry, mathematics, physics, anatomy and biology to aid in
troubleshooting all aspects of the position. Close concentration
and attention to detail are required. Must have experience to
properly evaluate and orient all types of tissue and cytology
specimens. Maintain expertise with the microtomes, processors,
stainers and manual protocols in order to produce a high quality
product within turnaround time guidelines. Excellent organizational
and technical skills required, with multi-tasking a priority.
* 1. DAILY OPERATION: Receive and process all surgical specimens
submitted to the Histology department of Pathology. Render them
suitable for microscopic examination by each attending Pathologist.
Utilization of the computer terminal to access information and
document activities is mandatory. * 2. SPECIMEN EMBEDDING: Embeds
all specimens according to established protocols. Follows work list
to ensure that all material is present and handled appropriately.
Performs all necessary QC, maintenance and documentation
activities. * 3. SPECIMEN CUTTING, COVERSLIPPING &
LABELING: Prepares all slides in accordance with established
protocols. Operates microtome, water bath, automatic stainer, and
coverslipping area performing all necessary QC, maintenance and
documentation. Labels all slides appropriately. * 4. ROUTINE
& SPECIAL STAINING: Prepares and checks appropriate stains.
Expertise in general routine H&E staining. Sets up
appropriate special techniques, microwaving and solution
preparation. Performs and records all maintenance, QC and
documentation activities. * 5. IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY: Prepares and
checks appropriate stains. Operates the Immunohistochemistry
instruments, performing necessary QC, maintenance and
documentation. Sets up appropriate special procedures when
protocols specify. Performs and records all QC and proficiency
testing. * 6. AP INFORMATION SYSTEM:Utilizes the APIS to execute
histology clerical and computer functions, promoting good
communications within the laboratory and throughout the hospital.
Demonstrates and maintains a working knowledge of clerical
in-patient and out-patient procedures to register patients, obtain
reports, access work lists and retrieve results as needed. * 7.
MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT: Appropriately operates and maintains other
departmental equipment including the Reagent recycler, Microwave
tissue processor, Analytical Balance, the Microwave Oven and
conventional oven. * 8. Promotes the Greenwich Hospital Service
Excellence program and maintains confidentiality in all aspects of
Four (4) years of college, B.S. Degree, ASCP Histotechnologist
Prior Histology Lab experience preferred.
None required; ASCP HT certification preferred
Maintain a working knowledge of all aspects of Histology to aid
in troubleshooting problems in any area of the section. Intense
concentration and attention to detail are required with minimal
tolerance for errors. Works under stressful conditions with high
time pressure, strong interpersonal skills required. Must have good
working knowledge of the AP computer system as general computer
use. Takes an active role in overseeing the operation of the
section in the absence of the manager.
Lifting of medium weight objects. Close machine work and the use
of sharp knives and instruments. Intense concentration and
attention to detail, average laboratory conditions; exposure to
formaldehyde, caustic agents and other hazardous solvents.