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Histology Assistant 1

Central Lab 620716 Full Time 2832 Juniper Street, Fairfax, VA, 22031, US
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Job Description

Inova Laboratories is seeking a full-time Histology Assistant 1 to join our PSC Lab team. This role is scheduled for Tuesday - Saturday, 3:00pm-11:30 pm.


Inova Benefits and Perks:

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Coverage
  • Life Insurance, Short/Long Term Disability
  • NEW! 4 weeks PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
  • Retirement: Inova matches dollar for dollar the first 5% of your eligible pay that you contribute to the plan
  • Competitive salary: Pay based experience
  • Amazing Paid Time Off: Accrue PTO hours on your very first day of work
  • Supplemental Plans: Including Auto/Home Insurance discounts, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection 
  • Additional Benefits: Educational Assistance of up to $5,250/year, Student Loan Refinancing, Adoption Assistance, Child Care Centers, Scholarship Program, Free Parking, Exclusive savings opportunities to in-store events, theme parks, discounts, movie tickets and local offerings and so much more! 

Requirements for consideration:
Minimum Education:

  • High school diploma, GED, or documented foreign equivalent.

Job Responsibilities

  • Uses time to departmental advantage: is flexible; adapts; multitasks. (by direct observation, 3 variances/yr.)
    • Resolves problems or communicates unresolved problems to the staff/management. (by direct observation, 4 variances/yr.)
    • Maintains coworker confidentiality. (by direct observation, 2 variances/yr.)
  • Follows site specific SOPs, manuals, and instructions. (by direct observation, 4 variances/yr.)
    • Follows regulatory agency guidelines (CAP, JCAHO, Medicare, OSHA, state, FDA). (by direct observation, at all times)
    • Stays informed: attends meetings or reads minutes; signs off on changes, in a timely manner; reads e-mail; reads/watches informational memos/articles/videos. (by direct observation, 4 variances/yr.)
    • Meets any continuing education requirements. (by direct observation, "yes")
    • Performs additional duties as assigned. (by direct observation, 1 variance/yr.)
  • Maintain laboratory equipment in a clean and operational state, according to established procedures.
    • Demonstrates troubleshooting skills and corrective action skills with any instrument or specimen error.
    • Obtain and organize specimens correctly for further processing, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
    • Label cassettes accurately, according to established procedures. (no more than 5 variances/yr.)
    • Process specimens in appropriate fixatives or decalcification agents, to include special lymph node defatting procedures, and preparation of flow cytometry media, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 variances/yr.)
    • Maintain grossing stations and frozen section rooms in a clean and operational state, according to established procedures. (at all times)
  • Handle slides, blocks, and tissues (to include filing, retrieval, and disposal) in a timely and accurate manner, according to established procedures. (no more than 6 variances/yr.)
  • Organize periodic QA materials for pathology peer review, in a timely manner, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 variances/yr.)
    • Accession specimens, order procedures, enter level charges, and generate slide labels quickly and accurately in the L.I.S., according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
    • Order supplies to maintain adequate inventory levels at all times, according to established procedures. (no more than 3 variances/yr.)
    • Process send outs accurately and completely, according to established procedures. (at all times)
    • Perform cover-slip and appropriately label slides to aid in diagnostic evaluation.
    • Cover-slip stained slides quickly and uniformly ensuring they are clean, neat, and free of artifacts, according to established procedures. (no more than 6 variances/yr.)
    • Label slides accurately, matching slides to correct protocol, according to established procedures. (no more than 5 variances/yr.)
  • Prepare and maintain the morgue and autopsy areas, according to established procedures. (at all times)
    • Assist the pathologist with autopsies, to possibly include opening and closing of the body, according to established procedures and to the satisfaction of the pathologist. (no more than 2 variances/yr.)
    • Process, prepare, and stain cytology specimens to ensure quality results and accurate diagnosis by the cytologist/pathologist.
    • Assist with FNA and bone marrow specimen collection and slide preparation, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
    • Maintain optimal technical quality in preparation and staining of slides, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)
  • Perform necessary QA and clerical duties, according to established procedures. (no more than 2 variances/yr.)
  • Understand principles and procedures of specimen processing in order to prepare the best cytological preparation, in an independent manner, according to established procedures. (no more than 4 variances/yr.)