UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

HISTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN 2

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8381 (SEIU Local 925 Research Tech BU)

BASIC FUNCTION

Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic analysis; guide and instruct Histologic Technician I's, laboratory assistants and others.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, prepare tissue for microscopic analysis; assist medical staff in acquisition and examination of specimens; provide guidance to other staff.

TYPICAL WORK

Monitor and perform quality control of specimens; perform initial examination of prepared specimens; determine disposition of improperly handled specimens; identify problems, take corrective action, notify supervisor of action taken and monitor follow-up solutions;

Perform all histologic procedures pertaining to preparation of microscopic slides such as processing, embedding, microtomy, staining and coverslipping;

Perform animal fixations and tissue dissections;

Perform special stain techniques such as silver stain; modify and adapt new procedures; prepare reagents, dyes and solutions;

Conduct procedures for renal/cardiac pathology and muscle biopsy;

Examine and dictate gross description of selected tissue specimens;

Assist pathologist/resident in the gross examination of surgical specimens; interpret requests and determine appropriate techniques or procedures for various types of tissue specimens;

Assist physician/pathologist at patient bedside for collection and preparation of biopsies and aspirates; advise physician/pathologist as to specimen adequacy;

Distribute material to appropriate laboratories;

Instruct and orient pathology residents; provide procedural information to medical staff, physicians/pathologists, outside medical personnel and new employees;

Identify appropriate protocol for specimen distribution to and from hospital departments and other outside sources/inquiries;

Analyze and determine cause(s) of instrument malfunction, take corrective action and monitor follow-up; maintain quality control of instruments; evaluate new products and instruments to provide input in decision process;

Record complete patient information either manually or by computer; maintain comprehensive records of procedures;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Classified Non-Union

Certified as a Histologic Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) AND completion of a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) approved school course of study AND one year of experience in a clinical or research laboratory

OR

three years of experience in a clinical laboratory

OR

equivalent education/experience.

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Title and Class: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 3-3-89
Revise Minimum Qualifications: 4-6-90
New to SEIU: 10-15-03

CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05