EVMS

Histology Technician

Position Number
1059420
Department
Dermatology
Category
Clinical
Compensation Max
USD $23.82/Hr.
Compensation Min
USD $18.32/Hr.
US-VA-Norfolk

Overview

The primary responsibility of this position is to perform MOHS laboratory tests including preparation and processing of human tissue for microscopic review using a Cryostat and proper Histotechnology techniques.  This work includes making judgments as needed for different tissue types, embed and section samples, examine sections of embedded tissue under microscope to ensure data integrity, stain and cover slips for physician's analysis.  Other duties include but are not limited to properly logging tissues samples for testing, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting as needed, and keep the laboratory clean and orderly ensuring a safe work environment and highest quality of work performance and efficiency of work flow. There are times when the technician may participate with surgical cases, patient scheduling, and other duties associated with the clinical section of the Mohs Clinic.

 

This position is a full-time position.

Responsibilities

Technical/Lab Responsibilities

  • Prepares sections of human tissue for microscopic examination, using principles and knowledge of histology technique, under the supervision of the surgeon.
  • Performs required quality control procedures for compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Sterilizes instruments using autoclave and proper aseptic technique.
  • Cares for, maintains and documents required maintenance on laboratory equipment, instruments, and accessories in accordance with CLIA regulations.
  • Responsible for preparing the reagents for the automatic stainer and following all safety precautions when using chemicals and reagents demonstrating knowledge of CLIA and OSHA standards.
  • Properly disposes of contaminated waste using Universal Precautions, CLIA, and OSHA regulations.
  • Cleans, stocks and inventories the laboratory area, ordering supplies and equipment as necessary through Procure.
  • Ensures that all equipment, instruments, and accessories are available daily for scheduled procedures. Reports any irregularities to Office Manager.
  • Responsible for maintaining the tumor log, and tracking biopsy results for outside laboratories.
  • Daily laboratory setup and close down procedures including cleaning the cryostat.
  • Updates laboratory protocols and manuals yearly or as policies change.

 

Patient Care/Clinical Responsibilities

  • Assist with greeting and escorting patients to procedure room, verifying patient information using standard procedures to ensure safety, Review patient chart to ensure all information/contents are current and prepare paper work for patients’ current visit.
  • Prepare procedure room for patients’ visit based on service/procedure. Responsible for surgical tray preparation, and preparing patient for procedure.
  • Taking patient photos of the skin cancers throughout their visit and uploading photos to the patient chart at the end of each day.
  • Assist surgeon during procedure, properly identifying patient prior to specimen collection, ensuring accuracy for all requisitions and verify all specimens are labeled and logged correctly.
  • Clean, stock and prepare room, maintain inventory of medical supplies, order necessary items through procure as needed.
  • Provide assistance with phones and clerical duties as deemed necessary by office manager to ensure operational efficiency.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Office Manager, and Surgeon.

 

Qualifications

Associate degree and 3 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Minimum of 1 year MOHS experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Graduate of a school of Histotechnology preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of routine and complex histological laboratory procedures, techniques, and instruments required.

ASCP eligible (non-certified tech’s will receive a 5% increase if they become certified). Current BLS Certification.

Location : Location

US-VA-Norfolk

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