Histology Technician

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Oct 08, 2019

Job Description

Description: Under direct supervision, prepares & processes tissue specimens for microscopic examination by a Pathologist. Duties include embedding, cutting, & staining a wide variety of tissue specimens.

Essential Functions:
- Laboratories: Mix ingredients & perform quality assurance procedures
- Prepare solutions, diagnostic test reagents, surgical tissue specimens, & tissue & bone sections
- Sort & chill tissue blocks
- Sort, number, & label specimens in specified sequence
- Embed tissue
- Examine media for physical defects
- Examine reagents for contamination, impurities or instability
- Maintain microtome blades
- Prepare frozen section slides & control slides
- Stain microscopic slides
- Store specimens in freezer
- Set up specimen tests & controls for interpretation
- Clean work area
- Dispose properly of laboratory specimens & waste material
- Wash laboratory glassware & instruments
- Read & assess control slides
- Perform special histochemical techniques & plastic techniques
- Records & Patient Information: Read & assess control slides
- Consult w/ pathologist concerning lab techniques
- Look up & report test results as requested
- Prepare lab worksheets
- File slides & tissue cards
- Maintain current records of all testing
- Record & maintain daily log & files of complete studies
- Record & maintain records of equipment usage, Quality Control Record sheets, & previous maintenance sheets
- Equipment & Instruments: Calibrate & adjust equipment in preparation for & during procedures
- Clean, lubricate & perform routine preventive maintenance
- Maintain equipment in good working order
- Materials & Supplies: Maintain & order supplies
- Properly dispose of waste materials
- Properly dispose of contaminated or biohazardous materials
- Maintain solutions, chemicals & automatic equipment
- Replenish supplies & equipment
- Administrative & Other: Serve as resource person to co-workers by answering procedural questions & assisting in problem solving
- Answer telephones & take messages
- Assumes other activities & responsibilities from time to time as directed
Basic Qualifications:
- Must possess recent experience with routine and special histopathological techniques
- ASCP certification or eligibility required
- Consistently demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers, and vendors


- Willing to cover hours from early morning to early evening.

- This is a on call position that will asked to cover vacations and sick calls

Primary Location: California,San Diego,San Diego Medical Center 4647 Zion Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 0 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OPEIU - Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Histology Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.