As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
Nemours is seeking a Histotechnologist (CASUAL/PRN) to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.
Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children’s Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area’s only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children’s Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout the region.
This position is responsible for: Performing histology procedures, such as microtomy, embedding, frozen sections and staining, especially of surgical tissue.
This position will be on an as needed schedule to cover vacations and time off.
In a clinical laboratory environment, performs technical procedures in histology under the direction of the department supervisor and pathologists and in clinical situations requiring frequent interactions with pathologists about specimens and testing. Routinely assists pathologist in preparing tissue specimens for microscopic evaluation. Prepares stained and unstained slides from fixed and unfixed tissue; follows appropriate procedures for staining slides. Prepares trimmed tissues and frozen sections. Must be able to respond rapidly to urgent requests, such as preparation of frozen sections for patients under sedation in the operating room, including times when such requests occur at off hours, and the histotech is on-call for this support. Performs staining techniques as appropriate or assigned. Prepares tissues for histochemical evaluation. Photographs specimens as instructed.
Receives and logs patient specimens, following laboratory policies about specimen statusing, accessioning, etc. In this function, must be able to read and understand a variety of written material, such as tissue request forms and specimen requirement procedures. Must be able to check reagent lots and other identification numbers and to evaluate accuracy and completeness. Must identify errors in such identification numbers and written information and respond appropriately, initiating corrective action that may include notification of pathologist, nurse, physician, lab administrator or others.
Uses laboratory equipment following established procedures. Such equipment may include microscopes, centrifuges, stainers, embedding centers, tissue processors, cutting and weighing devices, and a variety of photographic (e.g., cameras, copy stand) and temperature-controlled equipment. Must follow safety procedures for all equipment. Must follow maintenance procedures for all equipment. Must record information as assigned, such as temperature, absorbance, etc. Must report any problems in appropriate fashion. Maintains laboratory records, kodachromes, slides and embedded tissues in a fashion that allows for rapid retrieval and safe storage for long periods of time.
Picks up and delivers specimens as required or assigned; for example, may make routine delivery trips between the laboratory and the operating room.
Maintains work area in a neat fashion, including disinfecting equipment, benchtop, etc., as required or assigned. Performs cleaning (e.g., of lab, storage areas, etc.) as assigned. Performs other tasks related to routine lab functions, such as retrieval of lab coats.
Enters charges for tests performed as assigned, whether through a computer or manually.
Disposes of biohazard waste, such as formalin, xylene and specimens, as assigned. Follows procedures for monitoring hazardous chemical exposure levels.
Follows all lab and hospital safety, infection control, OSHA and JCAHO safety policies. Must be able to perform functions using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and barrier protection, such as disposable gloves, lab coats, shields, goggles, benchtop shields, etc. As part of job duties, will frequently handle many chemicals in various forms; must be able to follow appropriate handling recommendations for these substances.
Reviews inventory of lab supplies; orders supplies as appropriate, taking into account cost-efficiency, test volume and work requirements. Checks expiration dates as required, and informs appropriate supervisor (if necessary) when problems develop that require intervention. Follows lab section inventory procedures (e.g., recording date received, condition when received, checking order forms, invoices, etc.) as assigned. Retrieves supplies and equipment from storage areas as assigned.
Participates in on-call program as assigned to provide coverage, including at "off hours" as necessary for patient care.
Tabulates workload statistics regularly (e.g., monthly) as assigned and submits these to laboratory administration, department supervisor, pathologist or others as assigned.
Reviews technical and administrative procedures as assigned; stays informed about section changes, procedure changes, etc. Reviews questions about procedures with pathology supervisor as needed, clarifying any questions.
Answers telephone as needed, recording accurate messages and conveying them as soon as possible.
Prepares materials for physicians to collect specimens in a variety of circumstances, including patient undergoing imaging studies during biopsy procedures.
Provides age- and developmentally appropriate care to infants, children, adolescents and adults.
Responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for quality assessment and improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate and consistent with the goals of the Nemours Foundation.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Associate's Degree required.
Minimum of six (6) months experience as a Histotechnologist required. Histotechnologist clinical rotation may be applied to the job-related experience at the discretion of the Director.
State of Florida Histology Technologist license required.
National certification as a Histotechnologist required.
CoPath experience preferred.
Must be flexible with schedule - this is an as needed position to cover vacations and time off.
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is a pediatric health system of hospitals and specialty clinics serving children and families throughout the Delaware Valley and Florida. Our dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day.