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.
Perform technical duties in histology lab.
The Histology laboratory at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is seeking an experienced, Certified Histology Technician. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, embedding, microscopy, frozen section preparation, automated staining, manual and special stains.
This position is full time, Monday through Friday with a rotating on-call schedule.
Associate's degree required
Certifiation as a Histology Technician required
1. In a busy, clinical laboratory environment, performs technical procedures in histology, under the direction of the Pathology 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. 2. 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 patient surgical cards, tissue request forms and specimen requirement procedures. Must be able to check reagent lots and other identification numbers and evaluate accuracy and completeness. Must iden-tify errors in such identification numbers and written information and respond appropriately, initiating corrective action which may include notification of pathologist, nurse, physician, lab administrator or others. 3. 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 which allows for rapid retrieval and safe storage for long periods of time. 4. Picks up and delivers specimens as required or assigned; for example, may make routine delivery trips between the laboratory and the operating room. 5. Maintains work area in a neat fashion, including disinfecting equipment, bench top, 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. 6. Enters charges for tests performed as assigned, whether through a computer or manually. 7. Disposes of biohazard waste, such as formalin, xylene, specimens, as assigned. Follow procedures for monitoring hazardous chemical exposure levels. 8. Follows all lab and hospital safety, infection control, and safety policies. Must be able to perform func-tions using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and barrier protection such as disposable gloves, lab coats, shields, goggles, bench top 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. 9. Reviews inventory of lab supplies; orders supplies as appropriate taking into account cost efficiency, test volume and work requirements. Checks expira¬tion dates as required, and informs appropriate supervisor (e.g., Pathology 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, equipment from storage areas as assigned. 10. Participates in on-call program as assigned to provide coverage, including at “off-hours” as necessary for patient care. 11. Tabulates workload or other statistics as assigned. 12. 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. 13. Answers telephone as needed, recording accurate messages and conveying them as soon as possible. 14. Greets patients, parents, vendor representatives, guests and other visitors courteously and professionally. Follows organizational customer service guidelines. 15. Trains others in duties as assigned (e.g., students, residents, etc.). 16. May assist pathologist in obtaining material from patients, as in assistance at kidney biopsy collection, or in assistance in obtaining tissue from deceased patients. Prepares materials for physicians to collect specimens in a variety of circumstances, including patient undergoing imaging studies during biopsy procedures. 17. Provides age and developmentally appropriate care to infants, children, adolescents and adults. 18. 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 organizational goals.
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 committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.