Histotechnician

  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

American Pathology Partners (AP2) is a premier provider of anatomic pathology and related specialized testing services. We serve physicians and their patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings that include physician offices, surgery centers, and hospitals, operating out of three laboratory facilities in Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina.

We specialize in women's health testing, surgical pathology, dermatopathology, gastrointestinal pathology, urologic pathology, hematopathology, nephropathology, and molecular testing. What differentiates our laboratories is a sharp focus on the patient, our pathologist independence, definitive diagnoses, and unmatched service levels.

Our passion is the patient, and our mission simple: passionately delivering exceptional patient care and laboratory services through teamwork, innovation, and an intense focus on our customers.

Job Description

The Histotechnician is responsible for independently and proficiently performing histology laboratory techniques to ensure the quality, consistency, and efficiency of operations. This position requires experience in histology, but does not require ASCP certification.

This is a night shift position working Monday through Friday 12:00am to 8:30am

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Performs routine histology tasks independently with a focus on maintaining skills, knowledge and increasing experience. 
    • Safety – Follow laboratory safety requirements including hazardous waste regulations and disposal.
    • Processing – Working knowledge of tissue fixation and processing. 
    • Embedding – Embedding paraffin processed patient tissue in molds.
    • Microtomy – Producing high quality microscopic slides.
    • Quality Control – QC checks of histology slides prior to slide distribution.
    • Reagent preparation, storage and disposal of solutions.
    • Staining techniques – Manual and automated methods of H&E and special stains.
    • IHC – Basic operations.
  • Responsible for production of routine and special histology techniques.
  • Performs assigned bench responsibilities wholly.
  • Reviews and acts in accordance with current policies and procedures.
  • Assists in training team members when requested and scheduled by department management.

Other Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Participate in on-call schedule rotation.
  • Maintain integrity of patient specimens at all times, with a high level of accuracy.
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with team members, management and pathologists. 
  • Resolves conflict through finding common ground and obtaining cooperation with minimum disruption. Identifies problems and provides appropriate recommendations for solutions in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for following all quality and regulatory standards required in performing tasks.
  • Demonstrate initiative, dependability, cooperation and diplomacy in all situations.
  • Maintains a safe, clean work environment at all times (includes equipment, supply stock, files, records, counters, etc.) according to standards established.
  • Block and slide filing.
  • Helps prepare for accreditation inspections.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education & Experience
  • Three or more years' experience in a histology laboratory required.
  • College biology educational track with completion of 30 hours of science credit and completion of a college-level human anatomy and physiology course. (Or, training and documented proficiency in histology by an NACCLS program.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of biology, anatomy, and medical terminology.
  • Working knowledge of all histology procedures. 
  • Knowledge of handling chemical and bio-hazardous materials.
  • Possession of a solid understanding of operating and maintenance to all equipment in the histology laboratory and the ability to perform preventive and corrective maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments, or refer to appropriate sources for repairs. 
  • Computer skills: basic computer navigation and data entry skills.
  • Communication skills: communicate and collaborate both verbally and in writing. 
  • Interpersonal skills: effectively work with all levels of the organization. 
  • Must work independently or in small or large group settings. 
  • Must effectively identify and communicate to solve problems and issues.
  • Must maintain confidentiality in order to protect patient/client privacy and proprietary organizational information.  
  • Must maintain mental and physical focus required to perform tasks to established standards and deadlines (quality and quantity). 
  • Must learn new techniques and adhere to scheduled competency examinations. 

Work Environment

  • Laboratory environment
  • Incumbent receives safety training on handling and disposal of chemicals and bio-hazards, clean-up of spills, emergency evacuation routes, communication, and alarms. 
  • Exposure to chemicals including but not limited to alcohol, xylene, formalin, and bio-hazard materials. 
  • High pressure to meet deadlines impacting turn-around time and managing issues. 
  • Requires full-range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity. 
  • Requires eye/hand coordination.
  • Requires visual acuity and normal color perception. 
  • Requires moderate physical activity and the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time. 
  • Requires the ability to lift and to carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. 

Additional Information

Selected candidates will be required to submit to American Pathology Partners’ pre-employment screening process, including a background check, references, and drug screen. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the pre-employment screening process.

American Pathology Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this job.