Histology Technician
Job Ref # 31976
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Location: Baytown, TX
Category: Laboratory

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F


Job Summary

10/2008

JOB SUMMARY
Performs all tests which necessitate knowledge of routine histological techniques and demonstrates competency in the use of all routine histology-related equipment.   Recognize and documents factors which directly affect daily histological procedures and results.  Uses and monitors quality control programs and performs simple maintenance on routine histology-related instruments. Follows mandatory safety procedures and practices as outlined by accreditating agencies.  Manages time efficiently; performs other duties as assigned.

PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
None

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
        
EF  1.  Demonstrates knowledge and technical competency in the following histological techniques: accurate and timely preparation of cryosections; (orientation and freezing of tissue samples submitted for frozen sectioning and the proper microtomy of such tissue). Prepares optimally stained slides for special stains. Assists in collection of material from fine needle aspiration and bone biopsy procedures. Demonstrates competency in the use of all equipment and instruments related to procedures (cryostats and special stains) and follows established operating procedures and schedules for such equipment.
          
EF  2.Maintains documentation of work performed by initialing slides, tech sheets, and other AP records and documents work performed in histology by compiling and initialing daily log sheets and accessioning into the Laboratory Information System.

EF3. Performs, evaluates and documents routine equipment maintenance and QC on all routine histology related equipment.  Reports all problems to Laboratory Management.

EF   4. Responsible for inventory control in histology and frozen section areas. Maintains the inventory of onsite slide storage and tissue disposition.

EF5. Recognizes problem occurrences, identifies causes, and takes corrective action to solve basic problems. 

EF   6.  Readily assists in development and/or implementation of new and revised procedures and is receptive to change.

EF   7.  Generally works well with others making contributions to the work effort as a whole. Facilitates problem resolution.  Communication to promote both efforts is clear and professional.

EF 8. Demonstrates the components of the ICARE values statement and complies with business practices standards for performance.

EF  9.   Demonstrates high standards in providing customer service/patient satisfaction.

EF 10.  Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.

EF 11.  Manages time efficiently while on duty including the performance of other duties as    assigned.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Successful completion of an accredited Histotechnician program, or combination of an Associate degree and experience as defined by American Society of Clinical Pathology as eligibility for the HT(ASCP) exam.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
No experience required.


CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
Must meet the legibility requirements and/or be certified as a Histological Technician HT(ASCP).


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Must be able to perform all routine and some specialized histological procedures and meet productivity standards in a high volume laboratory.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.



Company Profile

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

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