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Optum Histology Technician (Per Diem) in Seattle, Washington

The Lab department is seeking a Histology Technician to join their team on a per diem basis to work in a lab setting in Seattle, WA.


Per Diem; Variable Days; Variable Hours

The Histology Technician functions as an integral member of the team and is responsible for performing routine technical laboratory work in preparing tissue for microscopic studies for diagnostic or training purposes. The position is responsible for processing, embedding, cutting and staining of tissue blocks, accurate reporting of results, quality control, teaching, special projects, equipment maintenance and all other duties assigned by the Manager.

The Histology Technician is responsible for and not limited to:

  • Performs both routine and complex special procedures with the understanding of tissue structures, techniques, principles, theory and instrumentation.

  • Able to process, embed, cut and stain all types of tissue specimens received in the Histology Department.

  • Coverslip stained sections, verify that the staining shows adequate cellular distinction, label, and distribute to the pathologist responsible for reviewing the case.

  • Assures specimen labeling requirements are met and necessary clinical information is available as needed.

  • Demonstrates general knowledge of pathological and physiological conditions that affect test results and tissue staining.

  • Selects and maintains appropriate tissue blocks to serve as controls for Special Stains. Maintains all documentation that insures that all Special Stain control blocks have been adequately tested. Cuts and labels control slides for Histology, Special Stains and IHC.

  • Recognize and troubleshoot both routine and complex problems and assist other Histotechs and lab assistants with technical problems.

  • Monitor quality control results and take immediate and proper action when controls are unacceptable. Follow defined procedures with only supervisor or pathologist approved modifications or deviations.

  • Complete all instrument function verification, maintenance, and documents according to procedure in Histology area. Ensure that equipment defects and malfunctions are reported and repaired.

  • Maintains a neat, clean, and orderly work area. At the end of the day’s work; is responsible for the cleaning of his/her microtome, filing his/ her cut blocks and cleaning any soiled glassware.

  • Responsible for the proper handling and disposal of all biohazardous materials and chemically hazardous materials including the neutralization or recycling of chemicals before disposal or reuse.

  • Cuts slides for IHC testing or other send outs in conformance with procedures and submits them for analysis.

  • Takes on additional responsibility for training Laboratory personnel including Laboratory Assistants and other Histotechs in Histology procedures.

  • Maybe be asked to write/ update Operating Procedures.

  • Must be able to express himself/ herself effectively both in written and verbal communications.

  • Assists supervisory staff in monitoring workflow and insuring that work/ staining priorities are met for the department.

  • Always maintains a pleasant, courteous attitude when answering the telephone.

  • Regular attendance required

  • Remains flexible and works different shifts if necessary during staffing shortages or emergencies.

  • Participates in continuing education classes and courses. Highly encouraged to maintain membership in a professional Histology organization.

  • Always maintains a safe work environment and attends all safety training classes and conforms to all company safety guidelines and requirements.

  • Conforms to established and new procedures and policies instituted by the company.

  • Conforms to the Laboratory Dress code and wears appropriate name badge at all times.

  • Able to accept guidance and constructive criticism. Displays a mature and professional attitude, is honest, and has a strong sense of responsibility toward patients and clients.

  • Other related duties as assigned

Preferred Experience and Credentials:

  • An Associate or Bachelor’s degree and HT/HTL (ASCP) certification is required.

  • At least two years of experience in a histology setting is preferred.

Employees are required to screen for symptoms using an approved symptom screener prior to entering the work site each day, in order to keep our work sites safe. Employees must comply with any state and local masking orders. In addition, when in a worksite building, employees are expected to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be attained.

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