Histopathology Technician I - Dermatology

Baltimore, Maryland, us
Company: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Category: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
Published on 2021-07-30 10:04:08

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the lead technician and/or Histology Supervisor, prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination by a pathologist.

Education:

Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Allied Health, Biology, or a related field. 

Must include at least 60 semester hours of academic credit from an accredited college /university, with a combination of 12 semester hours of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both)

Required Work Experience:  

A minimum of 1 year related laboratory experience or healthcare setting is required. Without a two or four year college degree, a minimum 2 years’ of clinical laboratory work experience is required.

Promotion to this level may be achieved through the advancement program for Histo Prep Techs with a combined 1 year of lab experience that includes at least 6 months JHH laboratory, and meeting the education requirement. Employee may have no active discipline.

  • Interpersonal skills (verbal and written); must be able to interact with pathologists, clinicians, histotechs/prep techs, PA’s, and other staff related to specimen description and instructions. 
  • Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination; demonstrated ability to use small/sharp instruments, manual and automated equipment for accurate and quality preparation of tissue specimens. 
  • Staff should be able to demonstrate work related knowledge of medical terminology within introductory/assessment period. 
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently and prioritize work per standard operating procedure

  • Skills to maintain cooperative working relationships within a confined work area. 
  • Ability to pay attention to detail. 
  • Completes required quality assurance documentation.

    Maintains tissue processors following established procedures.

    Embeds and organizes paraffin blocks following established procedures.

  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Work requires knowledge of histochemistry, microscopy, processing techniques, preparation of specimens, medical terminology, and chemistry at a level normally acquired through college coursework or NAACLS program. An understanding of metric system is required. 
  • Under supervision and following established standard operation procedures: 

    Loading and unloading of tissue processors

    Embedding and organizing paraffin blocks,

    Microtomy at appropriate thickness,

    Staining of routine slides with hematoxylin and eosin (manually and automated),

    Performing slide block match for quality control recognizing discrepancies and recommending corrective action,

    Operation of automatic coverslippers (manual technique as well),

    Use of metric balances, water baths, ovens, computers, printers and other related equipment according to lab & hospital safety procedures.

    Capable of performing preventative maintenance on microtomes, automatic stainers, tissue processors, coverslipper and other equipment as specified. Computer competency with typing of at least 30 WPM. 

  • This is close precision work requiring attention to detail.

  • Must have strong verbal, written interpersonal skills.

  • Must have the ability to read and interpret directions, both oral and written.

  • Organize and prioritize own work and follow through on assignments.

  • Can work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory. 

  • Visual acuity and the ability to distinguish fine gradation of colors, including differentiating of red and green.
  • Manual dexterity in both hands, with above average eye and hand coordination.
  • Able to grasp and manipulate small instruments and delicate equipment.
  • Work requires repetitive motion and repetitive activities. 
  • Lifting typically not in excess of 50 lbs for no more than 20 feet.
  • Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

    Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are drug-free workplace employers.

    We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors and staff members. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a tobacco-free at work policy. Employees must refrain from using any tobacco products during their work shifts — including while at lunch or on breaks, and whether they are on or off campus.

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