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Providence Histotechnician in Spokane, Washington


Providence is calling a Histotechnician (Lab Histopatholgy,Evening-shift, 1.0 FTE) to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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In this position you will:

  • Customer Service: Maintains and promotes positive, open and honest interpersonal relationships with customers (physicians, employees, visitors, patients, and other PSHMC publics). Provides high quality service to all customers; focuses on understanding customers’ needs and follows through. Demonstrates respect for the capabilities, different cultures and or personalities of co-workers and Medical Center publics within the mission/values of PSHMC

  • Communication: Promotes and demonstrates effective, open and honest written and verbal communication skills

  • Self Management: Demonstrates self-management behaviors, which reflect a positive image of PSHMC, following established policies and procedures and promote an efficient, cost effective work environment

  • Ownership /Stewardship and Accountability: Demonstrates good stewardship of resources by treating property of customers, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and co-workers with care and respect

  • Teamwork: Works cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of staff and other disciplines for problem solving without blaming

  • Flexibility: Demonstrates flexibility by readily adapting to different situations to complete work

  • Continuing Education: Maintains and keeps current skills and knowledge for the job through continued education programs.

  • Attends 10 hours of CEU per year. Documents all education activity on employee’s CE record

  • Initiates self-directed learning and/or work experiences designed to enhance strengths and improve areas of weakness in own performance

  • Teaching: Demonstrates procedures, instrumentation and techniques to train new staff.

  • Participates in new employee orientation or training in procedures of a histologists or laboratory assistant

  • Shares newly acquired knowledge by instructing co-workers, recommending procedural changes or presenting information in a manner acceptable to supervisor

  • Serves as a positive role model and mentor in promoting the laboratory profession

  • Laboratory Safety: Follows all safety guidelines outlined in the Laboratory Safety Manual and Departmental Procedures.

  • Performs and documents annual review of Laboratory Safety Policies

  • Read and initials all changes and updates to Safety policies and procedures

  • Never brings food or drink into the work area

  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment including lab coats, gloves, face protection and respiratory protection as appropriate

  • Remove personal protective equipment before leaving the work area, and never wears PPE anywhere that food or drink are consumed

  • Monitor safe work practices in their department. Identifies potential or actual safety hazard problems and takes immediate corrective action. Promptly reports all incidents to supervisor.

  • Practice established guidelines for decontamination of hazardous chemical and biological substances

  • Promptly reports all personal accidents and incidents by means of the Employee Incident Report form

  • Follows all safety guidelines during testing

  • Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement: Maintains ongoing and overall quality of the total testing process, relative to meeting patients and customers needs.

  • Identify quality of care problems and documents and reports through appropriate channels

  • Report equipment problems that may affect turn around time and availability of test results to nursing units and clients

  • Participate successfully in proficiency testing programs

  • Assist in data collection, short-term focused studies and on-going monitoring as needed

  • Identify recurring systems problems and/or opportunities to improve care or service. Evaluates options for resolving issues in a collaborative manner. Documents these activities on a Laboratory QI/CS report

  • Maintenance: Performs instrument/equipment and reagent/supply maintenance functions.

  • Perform and documents instrument/equipment function checks consistent with established policies and procedures

  • Monitor reagents/supplies and replenishes as needed

  • Communicate reagent/supply needs in a timely manner such that workflow continuity is maintained

  • Use reagents/supplies in a conscientious and cost-effective manner

  • Prepare staining solutions using standard and safe chemical handling procedures

  • Date and initials all reagent bottles and IHC reagents

  • Dispose of chemicals according to departmental and regulatory guidelines

  • Maintain competency with operation and maintenance of department instrumentation, especially microtomes, cryostats, and tissue processors

  • Clean and maintains microtomes, knife holders, embedding center and staining centers daily

  • Troubleshooting: Intervenes to correct problems encountered when an instrument/test methodology fails.

  • Apply appropriate criteria to evaluate instrument and/or test performance and recognizes malfunctions and questionable results

  • Evaluate, identify and acts promptly in requesting additional support. Calls vendor technical hotline and/or Clinical Engineering

  • Communicate and documents actions taken according to established policy in section logbook or equipment records

  • Utilize Instrument Down forms when tests will be delayed. Contacts Clients as appropriate

  • Maintain competency with programming and instrument functions to avoid unnecessary down times

  • Is aware of Lab Safe Medical Device Act and voluntary reporting to FDA

  • Computer functions: Utilizes computer according to Departmental guidelines

  • Print slide labels and assures accuracy of data prior to affixing to slide

  • Check gross description to clarify discrepancy in blocks or slides

  • Bill and credits patient accounts correctly for tests performed

  • Maintain competency in hospital communication system via Webmail

  • Maintain competency in monitoring personal time and attendance via the API system

  • Specimen Handling: Performs duties to assure proper sample handling

  • Embed tissues and biopsies with accurate placement to demonstrate proper orientation of tissue morphology

  • Maintains accuracy of specimen identification throughout processing, embedding, sectioning and staining

  • Place section from only one block on waterbath at a time

  • Produce artifact free sections

  • Assure thickness is appropriate for procedure

  • Perform specialized stains according to laboratory procedure

  • Assure controls are run with all special stains and checks microscopically for adequate staining

  • Notify the Pathologists of discrepancies noted between specimen type, orientation or volume, which might affect diagnosis or prognosis

  • Embed an average of 75 blocks per hour

  • Section on average 30 surgical blocks per hour

  • Assures that all time lines are met on slides and frozen sections

  • Seeks assistance from Pathologist on difficult samples

  • Work with the laboratory assistants in performing and staining Frozen Sections

  • Work with the laboratory assistant to coverslip, label, and distribute slides correctly

  • Verify blocks with slides prior to distribution of samples

  • Perform IHC stains accurately and on schedule

  • Perform pre and post-treatment of Immunohistochemistry stains accurately

  • Program and operates the IHC stainer correctly

  • Maintain competency on Special Procedures, such as muscle biopsies and renal bio

Shift: Full Time/Evenings

Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Associate's Degree (if registry taken after January 2005)

  • Computer experience

  • HT (ASCP) or HTL (ASCP) registration, if registry eligible, certification required within 3 months

Preferred qualifications for this position includes:

  • Associate's Degree (if registry taken prior January 2005)

  • Graduate of NAACLS accredited Histotechnician School

  • 1 year histology experience

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has a commanding presence in Spokane, Washington and is a beacon of hope and healing for patients throughout the region. We have over 600 beds and are chosen by people from across the state for the da Vinci surgical robotic for heart surgery and parents from all over the Inland Northwest who have children with life-threatening conditions know they’ll find the care and comfort they need at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

About the Team

Providence has been serving the Inland Northwest since 1886 when Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence founded Sacred Heart Medical Center. Today, Providence is the largest health care provider in Washington located in communities large and small across the state. In eastern Washington, Providence provides care throughout Spokane, Stevens and Walla Walla counties.

Our award-winning and comprehensive medical centers are known for outstanding programs in cancer, cardiology, neurosciences, orthopedics, women's services, emergency and trauma care, pediatrics and neonatal intensive care. Our not-for-profit network also provides a full spectrum of care with leading-edge diagnostics and treatment, outpatient health centers, physician groups and clinics, numerous outreach programs, and hospice and home care.

We are committed to the principle that every workforce member has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

We are committed to cultural diversity and equal employment for all individuals. It is our policy to recruit, hire, promote, compensate, transfer, train, retain, terminate, and make all other employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin (including certain language use restrictions), ancestry, disability (mental and physical including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, and military and veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status. We will also provide reasonable accommodation to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified caregiver or applicant for employment, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the operation of our business.

We are a community where all people, regardless of differences, are welcome, secure, and valued. We value respect, appreciation, collaboration, diversity, and a shared commitment to serving our communities. We expect that all workforce members in our community will act in ways which reflect a commitment to and accountability for, racial and social justice and equality in the workplace. As such, we will maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on any applicable legally protected status. We also expect that all workforce members will maintain a positive workplace free from any unacceptable conduct which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Requsition ID: 103996
Company: Providence Jobs
Job Category: Clinical Laboratory
Job Function: Clinical Care
Schedule: Full time
Shift: Evening
Career Track: Clinical Professional
Address: WA Spokane 101 W 8th Ave

Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.