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Histotechnician

Company: MyMichigan Health
Location: Midland
Posted on: August 4, 2022

Job Description:

Summary This position works under the direct supervision of the histology section head assisting with coordinating the completion of the daily workload in histology. Responsibilities include CoPath data entry, routine and special testing on biological specimens, immunohistochemistry procedures, assistance to the pathologists in the gross examination room as necessary, preparation of biologic specimens for send out to consultation laboratories, and equipment maintenance, as well as any duties deemed necessary by the histology section head.

(25%)* Embeds tissues flat and centered with accurate orientation in proper size molds in a timely fashion to facilitate required turn around times. (25%)* Cuts sections as 3-5 microns and orients sections properly on the slides. (25%)* Performs routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining, special stains, and limited immunohistochemistry procedures (see #16 for expanded immunohistochemistry) according to approved departmental guidelines. (25%)* Performs frozen sections procedures within the required time frame while preserving tissue for paraffin embedding. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Must be able to recognize and troubleshoot problems with staining, both routine H&E and special stains, and all histology equipment and instrumentation and notify the section head of unresolved issues. Follows standard operation procedures with the department and facility wide policies. Maintain filing systems for pathology slides and blocks. Prepares special reagents and chemical solutions. Prepares biological specimens to be sent out to reference laboratories for additional testing. Maintain send out records for these specimens. Maintains work area, equipment and supplies on a daily basis. Performs and documents preventative maintenance on equipment according to departmental policy. Follows safety policy and protocol for MidMichigan Medical Center. Complies with chemical hygiene plan. Maintains professional competence by attending histological conferences and meetings, reading current literature and attending laboratory in-service meetings. Provides guidance to others as required to ensure the accomplishment of daily workload. Performs CoPath data entry. May be called to perform as the Anatomic Pathology Safety Officer. One Histotechnologist will be assigned to complete immunohistochemistry duties. Performs IHC procedures both automated and manual if necessary. Find and test tissue for acceptable control blocks for each procedure. Order and develop new procedures by repeated testing and conferring with the pathologist and histology section head. Completes all the testing and documentation necessary to offer immunohisochemistry tests on tissue specimens. This position will also perform and monitor existing immunohistochemistry procedures, as well as procuring testing and documenting all control material, and maintain all instrumentation and reagents and documentation associated with immunohistochemistry procedures. Monitors and adjusts pH of buffers. Participates in CAP Quality Improvement Surveys (HQIP) and CAP required Proficiency Testing for Her 2 New procedures. Maintain the MSDS and Spec sheets associated with immunohistochemistry. Assists the section head of histology in keeping the immunohistochemistry procedure manual current. Reviews maintenance and runs logs for error codes and responds as necessary. MidMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and employees need to demonstrate competency in Microsoft Windows. An employee may be required to participate in further learning opportunities offered by MidMichigan Health. EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS: High School Diploma or GED Required The histotechnologist performing the main immunohistochemistry duties must have a minimum of 2 years experience performing immunohistochemistry procedures or be IHC registered by the A.S.C.P. preferred. Registered or registry eligible, as a Histotechnologist (HT or HTL) or equivalent within 6 months of hire by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Certification will remain valid for a period of three years. In order to maintain certification, must complete the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) every three years. Basic knowledge of specific histology equipment including operation and maintenance. Ability to interpret and follow procedure manuals, maintains supplies and utilize computer skills for data entry and information retrieval. Ability to work as a team member, communicate effectively, adapt to changes in workflow, provide continuity in technique, recognize limitations and request assistance if needed. Mandatory tuberculosis (TB) testing must be done annually according to MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety Health Administration) standards. Mandatory Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training must also be completed annually according to the Exposure Control Plan. PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to stressful situations, including those involving public contact, as well as, trauma, grief and death. Able to wear personal protective equipment that includes latex materials or appropriate substitute if required for your position. Is able to move freely about facility with or without an assisted device and must be able to perform the functions of the job as outlined in the job description. Overall vision and hearing is necessary with or without assisted device(s). Frequently required to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time. May require frequent postural changes such as stooping, kneeling or crouching. Some exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material. Must follow MidMichigan Health bloodborne pathogen and TB testing as required. Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others, work independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability to stay awake. Overall dexterity is required including handling, reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling. May require repetition of these movements on a regular to frequent basis. Physical Demand Level: Light. Must be able to occasionally (0-33% of the workday) lift or carry 11-20 lbs., frequently (34-66% of the workday) 10 lbs. and or Walk/Stand/Push/Pull of Arm/Leg controls.

Keywords: MyMichigan Health, Midland , Histotechnician, Other , Midland, Michigan

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