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Histotechnologist (HTL) - Per Diem, Variable Shifts

Company: Catholic Medical Center
Location: Manchester
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

Be the primary technical resource for histology and participate in the performance of routine and specialized technical histology functions as needed to provide high quality microscopic slides of tissue for the detection of disease, to include immunohistochemistry procedures and procurement and processing of pathology specimen material.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direct supervision of the Pathology Supervisor, in accordance with department policies and procedures established by CMC, the incumbent performs the following functions:

Essential Functions

* Be a resource to histology personnel and participate in the performance of histology procedures including, but not limited to, processing tissue samples, microtomy, cryomicrotomy, and immunohistochemical techniques on surgical, autopsy and research materials.
* Participate in the establishment of histology procedures and protocols including but not limited to: gross examination, histology processing, embedding, microtomy, special stains, immunohistochemistry (IHC), case consultation, block and slide storage, quality assurance and quality improvement.
* Receive, process, embed, cut, stain and coverslip surgical and autopsy tissues for microscopic examination by the Pathologist.
* Perform special staining as requested following procedures as outlined by the Histology Procedure Manual.
* Embed tissue specimens in paraffin blocks, identifying normal tissue components and abnormal lesions, and exercising independent judgment in the orientation of specimens in paraffin blocks.
* Cut tissue sections from paraffin blocks, recognizing variation in tissue specimen components that will affect cutting, and modifies technique for each type of tissue.
* Perform specialized selective techniques required for diagnostic purposes, including bone decalcification, muscle and kidney biopsies and frozen tissue sectioning techniques.
* Perform routine H & E staining of tissue slides, modifying techniques and stains to ensure proper staining.
* Perform immunoperoxidase procedures on frozen sections and paraffin sections.
* Provide technical assistance, instruction and consultation to staff members for the resolution of technical problems.
* Train new histology personnel as required.
* Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of microtomy equipment, rapid tissue processing equipment, embedding equipment, stainer/coverslipping equipment and Immunohistochemistry equipment.
* Track IHC antibody usage and establish procedures for maintaining stock, concentrated antibody solutions and dilution procedures for working antibody uses.
* Troubleshoot and resolve problems with histology and grossing room equipment.
* Monitor quality control of tissue section cutting, staining, IHC and document the results.
* Utilize SoftPath computer systems for receiving, accessioning, monitoring quality control and tracking specimens.
* Maintain instruments, reagents and documentation for Quality Assurance.
* Coordinate the preparation of reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
* Perform and/or monitor all high complexity testing involving immunohistochemical staining operations.
* WORK SCHEDULE:


* Generally Monday-Friday but may require weekend work as determined by specimen reporting requirements and the ability to work to cover special situations or as the need arises
* QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:


* Bachelor's degree and HTL (ASCP) certification required; OR has met the minimal education and experience requirements as outlined by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and has HTL (ASCP) certification.
* Experience:


* Minimum of one (1) year full-time experience as a certified Histotechnologist (HTL) in a clinical laboratory setting preferred.
* Licensure/Certification


* HTL(ASCP) or HTL(ASCP)CM Certification required within one year from date of hire.
* HTL(ASCP)CM MUST be valid and renewed upon expiration to retain employment.
* Standard of Business Conduct

Individuals are required to refrain from participating in any activities that could be construed as fraud and abuse. Requires the ability to follow Catholic Medical Center's Standards of Business Conduct in any instance where you feel there is suspicion of fraud or abuse, or a violation of the law. The Standards of Business Conduct requires that suspicion or knowledge of any person(s) in violation of the Code be reported to the Corporate Compliance Officer. The extent to which you comply with the requirements contained within the Code will be a factor in evaluating your overall job performance.

Keywords: Catholic Medical Center, Manchester , Histotechnologist (HTL) - Per Diem, Variable Shifts, Other , Manchester, New Hampshire

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