Tech Lab Asst, Histology/40 hrs./M-F 8:30a-5p
Partners Healthcare System
 Newton, MA

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

FOR SURGICAL PATHOLOGY

  • Transports surgical specimens from the operating room, minor procedure room, and adult GI unit.
  • Sorts and prioritizes specimens according to protocol.
  • Assigns accession number to each case and maintains patient identification and specimen integrity throughout the process.
  • Assists Pathologists' Assistant and/or Pathologist by maintaining pathology worksheet, including margins, section codes, special stains, type of specimen, etc.
  • Labels cassettes, according to protocol, using automated cassette labeler and/or manually.
  • Researches pertinent clinical information for specific cases, as requested by pathologist or pathology assistant.
  • Assists pathologist in frozen section room, by performing rapid staining on frozen section and/or touch prep slides.
  • Organizes and discards surgical specimens according to policy.
  • Maintains grossing area and frozen section room, including preparing solutions, in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Maintains inventory of all supplies.
  • Cross trains in other roles as needed.
  • Operates and maintains the tissue processors.
  • Operates automated stainer.
  • Operates the automated coverslipper.
  • Matches paperwork to slides and passes slides to assigned pathologist, according to protocol.
  • Maintains slide files and surgical block files.
  • Answers the telephone and interacts with clients to answer questions and resolve issues.
  • Registers patients in the Epic registration system adhering to current procedures including strict patient identification standards.
  • Orders tests in the Anatomic Pathology information system.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PROBLEM SOLVING:

  • Follows all established departmental and laboratory policies, procedures, and protocols when performing all tasks.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy accompanied by flexibility to adapt to varying workloads must be applied each day.
  • Each problem is to be resolved in a professional and timely manner.
  • Any problem that cannot be resolved must be escalated to the next level (e.g. lead, technical specialist) for assistance.

ACCOUNTABILITY:

  • Performs all duties in a consistently professional manner.
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service skills, especially when resolving problems and/or issues.
  • Efficiently and effectively handles the workload and adapts pace to accommodate increases or decreases in volume.
  • Maintains specimen identification and integrity throughout all processes.
  • Reports any and all problems with specimen submission by using LISET and/or the Safety Reporting System.
  • Attends departmental, laboratory, and hospital meetings.
  • Completes all training, both in-person and on-line, in a timely manner.
  • Contributes to positive culture and team-oriented environment.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualified candidate will perform the essential requirements in at least one of the three areas listed above.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

High school diploma or equivalent, strong organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to solve problems, computer skills, and customer service skills are required. Prior laboratory experience preferred.