Certified Histotechnician - Long-Term Contract at NIH
Kelly Government Solutions at the NIH
January 3, 2018
Contract - Experienced
4 Year Degree
TASKS/SERVICES: The contractor shall: (1) Perform specimen processing and test performance of moderate to high complex tests. (2) Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens; adhere to laboratory’s quality control policies; document all quality control activities; perform instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance. (3) Accession tissue samples and review bone marrow specimens received via the Soft Path computer system in the department; review associated documentation and computer orders before accessioning to make sure those necessary elements are present for the acceptance of the specimen. (4) Detect problems and attempt to resolve any issue related to accessioning the specimen, including contacting a pathologist or healthcare provider for additional information. (5) Select appropriate histology techniques for preparing the patient samples according to the quality and quantity of the specimen and the patient’s clinical information. (6) Label forms and specimen containers with the assigned Soft Path number; select the correct processing protocol for each case; prepare the necessary number of cassettes with the patient identification number to assist the pathologist with grossing and processing of tissue specimens. (7) Process the processing of all specimens while controlling physical conditions and responding to time factors to verify that the physiological state of the specimens is maintained to ensure high quality microscopic examination. (8) Communicate and consult with pertinent medical personnel regarding collection procedures. (9) Register the specimen in the accessioning log book and interact with the Resident or Pathologists in the handling of the specimen. (10) Interact with residents in training on a constant basis to let them know about problems or handling of specimens based on their professional judgment (e.g., if specimens arrive without fixative); advise residents and pathologists on technical decisions such as proper fixative to use or when specimens need decalcification (11) Perform tissue processing using the automatic tissue processing system. (12) Perform routine maintenance on tissue processors; troubleshoot machine problems. (13) Use tissue embedding centers to embed human tissue sections according to the established procedure which require experience with the embedding center components, proper type of paraffin for processing and embedding and the ability to troubleshoot problems. (14) Serve as a technical specialist in the area of histopathology. (15) Provide histological preparations required for pathologists to discern the nature and extent of disease in bone marrow specimens that are from within NIH or those submitted from other hospitals for consultation in establishing or confirming a diagnosis. (16) Perform microtomy, cutting tissue sections in a range of 3 to 25 microns from paraffin blocks; preserve the high quality of the tissue section. (17) Use the different types of microtomes and troubleshooting techniques to avoid technical artifacts while cutting paraffin blocks and drying paraffin sections. (18) Master minor microtome repairs and maintain all instrument documentation, such as maintenance, temperature and changing reagents and solutions. (19) Accession and process patient materials submitted as part of the Consultation Service. (20) Perform routine Hematoxylin & Eosin staining manually or with automatic stainer. (21) Conduct daily changing and maintenance of staining solutions and running appropriate controls. (22) Perform or direct special stain techniques on tissue and cytological material utilizing proper control tissues and stains for demonstrating specific tissue/cellular constituents or pathogens. (23) Perform microscopic review of slides to verify interpretation of controls and expected staining results. (24) Identify cellular and non-cellular constituents of histological specimens and recognize cellular morphology as a result of procurement and preparation techniques (e.g., poor fixation, over staining, grossing errors, floaters). (25) Operate, program and troubleshoot automatic strainers; perform coverslipping using both manual and automatic coverslipping techniques (26) Play a critical role in performing and adhering to Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Quality Improvement (QC/QA/QI) policies and procedures. (27) Ensure compliance with Federal laws, regulations and guidelines, as well as State and agency requirements. (28) Instruct new resident pathology physicians who have had no laboratory experience in histopathology techniques, explaining proper blocking, fixation and decalcification techniques. (29) Teach histopathology theory, cellular morphology and specimen preparation to peers, new employee residents in the form of one-on-one microscopic sessions and demonstrations.
REQUIREMENTS: The contractor ideally would have: (1) Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline. (2) HT (ASCP) certification with three (3) of related experience. (3) Minimum of five (5) years of experience in histology and immunohistochemistry in addition to the previous requirement. (4) Experience with Ventana BenchMark ULTRA (5) Experience in working with the following equipment: Ventana BenchMark ULTRA and Ventana NexES Special Stainer. (6) Knowledge of dual staining, ISH. (7) Experience cutting bone marrow biopsies. (8) Ability to pass required cutting test. (9) Comply with all applicable federal and state government regulations regarding infectious disease control. (10) Ability to maintain accurate records of experimental methods and write preliminary drafts of reports. (11) Knowledge of proper laboratory disposal methods and safety procedures. (12) Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook). (13) Strong communications skills, both oral and written. (14) Excellent analytical, organizational, problem-solving, interpersonal and time management skills.
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