St. Luke's Hospital Histology Technician in DULUTH, Minnesota
The Histology Technician works with the Histology Technical Specialist as a resource for advanced technical knowledge. Responsible for the performance of repetitive high volume tests in a modern anatomic pathology lab; identify direct causes of problems (technical or instrumental) and make the corrections using present guidelines; monitor quality control procedures within predetermined parameters. Performs immunocytochemical stains on cytologic and histologic specimens and evaluates quality and adequacy of each test. Acts as a resource in the department to help solve quality and technical problems.
Education: Successful completion of an Associates Degree in Histotechnology.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: ASCP Certification as Histo-Technician (HT) within twelve (12) months of hire. Those hired without valid certification are encouraged to take the first available examination after their date of hire and pass this certifying exam within three (3) consecutive administrations of the exam within twelve (12) months.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to perform preparations of microscopic slides to be examined by a pathologist as stated in the St. Luke's Histology Slide Preparation Procedures including, but not limited to: embedding, microtomy, H&E staining, special staining, immunohistochemistry staining, frozen sectioning and cover-slipping. Must have the ability to pay attention to detail, have strong organization skills and use rigid accuracy in the identification of specimens. Exercises professional discretion and confidentiality with patient information. Must have the ability to operate various histology equipment types and troubleshoot functionality issues. Ability to maintain respectful working relationships with other team members and customers is essential.
READING - Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
WRITING - Intermediate: Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, or procedures.
SPEAKING - Basic: Ability to speak simple sentences.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Basic Skills: Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.
REASONING ABILITY - Intermediate Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
Stand - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Walk - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 – 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 – 5.5 hours)
Stoop, Squat, Kneel, or Crouch - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Up to 10 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 – 5.5 hours)
Up to 35 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Typical Noise Level - Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
Color vision. Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases. Exposed to reagents used in laboratory testing; may be exposed to/occasionally exposed to unpleasant patient elements. Exposed to hazards from electrical and mechanical equipment.