Fairview Health Services  Anatomic Pathology Technician in Twin Cities, Minnesota

JobTitle Anatomic Pathology Technician

Specialty Laboratory

Location University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank)

Department Labs - Cytogenetics

Hours per 2 weeks Casual

Shift Day

Date Posted 03/13/2018

Job Number 18-71500

Job Description:

This is a casual position, hours and schedule may vary to meet the needs of the departiment; Monday through Friday 20-40hrs/week, rotating weekends. Hours will vary from 7:30am-4pm, 9:30am-6:00pm, or 10:30am-7:00pm.

The Anatomic Pathology Technician (APT) performs all work processes necessary for the preparation or procurement of specimens used for high complexity testing as defined by CLIA'88 The APT possesses knowledge of the laboratory, performs routine and specialty procedures, recognizes problems, identifies basic causes, and makes corrections using established protocols. The APT processes data based on knowledge of technical and instrumental conditions affecting diagnostic test results and performs procedures within established parameters. The APT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. The APT works independently under general supervision.

  • Assists in procurement of specimens

  • Processes specimens including test setup

  • Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing/processing.

  • Verifies correct identification of specimens/tissue before testing/processing.

  • Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing/processing and procurement.

  • Understands the organizational structure of clinics in relation to the different hospital sites.

  • Communicates, in a professional manner, different collection/fixation instructions to professionals collecting specimens.

Follows established guidelines and procedures to accession/order enter specimens/tests into the computer system

  • Enters correct information required by the LIS computer system.

  • Verifies patient identification, demographics, ordering physician and tests ordered

  • Verifies billing

  • Errors in data entry minimal

Performs all work processes necessary for the production of specimens used for high complexity testing as defined by CLIA'88.

  • Demonstrates working knowledge of the pathology/clinical laboratory and performs routine and specialty procedures.

  • Assists pathologists, pathology assistants, residents, and technologists in specimen preparation, tissue grossing,and frozen sections.

  • Operates laboratory instrumentation and information systems according to written procedures.

  • Works independently under general supervision.

  • Completes specified maintenance on instruments according to written procedures

  • Documents maintenance of laboratory instruments and stains

  • Ordering and maintaining adequate laboratory supply volumes.

  • Maintains a clean and organized working environment

  • Accurately describes the appearance of the gross specimen or other specimens upon receipt

  • Accurately time/date stamp specimens upon receipt following departmental guidelines.

Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

  • Identifies basic causes of problems and makes corrections using established protocols

  • Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.

  • Obtains assistance from supervisor or others if unable to resolve issues

Evaluates diagnostic preparations for quality and initiates interventions as needed.

  • Microscopically reviews slides to insure that quality diagnostic preparations are produced.

  • Identifies unacceptable quality and initiates corrective action when parameters are out of compliance

  • Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.

  • Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.

Complies with Laboratory Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

  • Documents deviations and action taken.

  • Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.

  • Recognizes and communicates values that exceed the QC decision levels.

  • Reports unresolved QC trends to supervisor.

  • Complies with laboratory procedures needed for regulatory compliance.

Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.

Job Qualifications:

Associate degree, 24 credits college coursework with emphasis in biology & chemistry, and/or 2 years of applicable laboratory experience. Prefer BS degree or Medical Assistant degree.

Prefer at least 1 year of experience in a clinical or anatomic diagnostic laboratory.

Knowledge of anatomy. Evisceration and dissection skills. Medical terminology preferred. Demonstrates the ability to work under stress in a variety of situations. Ability to exercise independent judgment. Demonstrates manual dexterity. Basic computer and keyboarding skills.

About Fairview Health Services

Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is an award-winning, nonprofit health system providing exceptional care across the full spectrum of health care services. Joined by HealthEast in June 2017, Fairview is one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in the state, with 11 hospitals—including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital—serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota.

Its broad continuum also includes 56 primary care clinics, specialty clinics, senior living communities, retail and specialty pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management services, rehabilitation centers, counseling and home health care services, medical transportation, an integrated provider network and health insurer PreferredOne. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 affiliated providers embrace innovation to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.

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