Histo Prep Tech
Posted on Jan 18, 2019 by The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD
Work Shift: Night Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: Yes
Date Posted: Nov. 23, 2018
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Works in the Histopathology laboratory and grosses medical biopsy specimens for microscopic examination by a pathologist. Will assist in preparing various staining solutions. Operate automated slide/cassette etchers, automated stainers, automated coverslipper and perform paraffin embedding. Performs HistoWeb functions; preventive maintenance; QC functions to detect errors; uses safe infection control procedures, filing of blocks and slides.
Full-time, Night Shift
12:00 am - 8:30 am
Weekend Work Required
Work Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital - East Baltimore Campus
Pay Grade: CC
- High school diploma with successful completion high school courses in biology, chemistry and math.
- 3-6 months in a laboratory environment, surgical pathology experience preferred.
Interpersonal skills (verbal and written); must be able to interact with pathologists, clinicians, histotechs, and other staff related to specimen description and instructions. Manual dexterity with good hand-eye coordination. 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. Computer competency of at least 30 wpm. Telephone, fax, database tracking of materials.
Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. May sit or stand for prolonged periods (4 hours at a time or greater). Is often required to walk; including locations throughout the large campus to retrieve specimens or material, pushing a cart. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, touch, feel, bending at waist, and typing. May reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch.
Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Must be able to read hand written medical notations and/or laboratory requisitions. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color - differentiating red and green, bands or structure and closely examine specimens. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to work with small instruments, glass slides, and delicate equipment.
Clinical laboratory environment - Exposure to flammable liquids, chemicals, toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.
May transport equipment and supplies push pull up to 150 pounds from one area to another. May be required to lift up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides.
In some areas work space is confined; therefore mobility may be difficult.
Staff are required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Hospital Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
Must be detail oriented, organized, and accurate. Attention to detail is critical to the performance of this job as it directly affects patient diagnoses.
Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday
assignment. Overtime or shift in schedule possible when authorized/needed to meet business/workflow & staffing needs and insure patient care is maintained.
Required attendance; in the event of a declared emergency staff are required to report to work and/or remain on-duty.
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