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Providence Health & Services Histology Technician II in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Histology Technician II for Full-Time Day Shift to Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA

We are seeking a Histology Technician II who will prepare human tissue specimens for diagnostic examination by fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy (cutting/mounting), routine/special staining; Performs routine instrument operations with working knowledge of maintenance and troubleshooting protocol; Evaluate routine/special stains for expected reactivity and quality of section; Maintain records of special stain control results and department statistics as required. If assigned, performs automated immunohistochemistry staining and assists with Quality Assurance activities including procedure development and written protocols.

In this position you will:

  • Histology:

  • Perform patient and department assessment; prioritize work and provides prompt and efficient service

  • Demonstrate competency in selected skills, including but not limited to:

  • Preparation of human tissue specimens for diagnostic examination including fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, routine and special staining

  • Performance of routine instrument operations with working knowledge of maintenance and troubleshooting protocol

  • Evaluation of routine and special stain slides for expected reactivity and quality of section

  • Verification/clarification (if appropriate), completion of pathologist special stain requests

  • Assisting with Quality Assurance activities and procedure writing if assigned

  • Maintaining records of results (special stains) and departmental statistics as required

  • Maintaining inventory and supplies

  • Preparation of reagents as appropriate

  • Immunohistochemistry (if assigned):

  • Complete routine staining runs on the Automated Immunohistochemistry instrument

  • Prepare slides for and completes cover-slipping of all stained slides

  • Verify intended reactivity of control slides

  • Maintain records of quality control and daily run reports

  • Implementation of new antibody protocol/new detection methodology including selection of appropriate tissue controls, antibody validation, and evaluation of stained slides for intended reactivity

  • Performance of routine automated instrument operations including maintenance and troubleshooting protocol

  • Preparing reagents, maintaining adequate inventory of supplies

  • Detection kit and antibody validation and daily run reports

  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional practice in regards to:

  • Attendance, punctuality, and confidentiality

  • Positive public relation image and working relationships

  • Obtaining necessary knowledge and skill needed to maintain competence

  • Completing all mandatory requirements, including annual safety films, CPR, infection control and annual physical

  • Participate in the development and attainment of team, department, & hospital goals including:

  • Attending and participating in division meetings

  • Volunteering or accepting assignment for projects

  • Mission, vision and team ground rules

  • May function as General Supervisor (if qualified under CLIA 88 regulations, section 493) if designated by the Medical Director, Pathology

  • Ensure compliance with licensing / accrediting standards. Is responsible for the following:

  • Preparation of human tissue specimens for diagnostic examination including fixation, processing by dehydration and clarifying, embedding of processed specimens into paraffin, cutting tissue sections using the microtome, mounting of tissue sections on appropriate microscope slides, routine hematoxylin and eosin staining and special staining as required by the pathologist. Coverslips, correlates with associated transcription and distributes prepared tissue slides for examination by pathologist

  • If assigned, performs automated immunohistochemical stains including verification of intended reactivity

  • Perform daily departmental QC, instrument and stain quality control, and preventive maintenance

  • If assigned, assist with Quality Assurance activities including documentation and completion of CAP SURVEYS, procedure development and written protocol

  • Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever routine systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance

  • Capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect tissue slide preparation or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify department supervisor or appropriate pathologist

  • Documents all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications

  • Maintain required records to meet licensing and accreditation requirements of all appropriate regulatory agencies

  • Stay up-to-date on current regulations and technical / clinical information:

  • Keep current with regulations related to his / her section of the laboratory and ensure compliance with them in a timely manner

  • Keep informed of current advances related to his / her specialty and communicate applicable information for the procedures of the section

  • Respond to actual / potential risk to patient / employee by taking action to correct, minimize, or prevent risk


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Associate's Degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours)

  • ASCP certification or eligible or graduate of approved School of Histology

  • 2 years clinical histology experience with a broad range of specimen types demonstrating competency in specimen preparatory techniques, including tissue processing, embedding, routine and special staining and microscopic analysis for quality and expected reactivity

  • Ability to deal effectively with many people across a broad range of cultural backgrounds and ages

  • Excellent human relations and oral / written communications skills

  • Proficient in P.C. software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point, Outlook, etc

  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and coordinate work

  • Ability to work effectively with many people at various levels of the organization

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and appropriately prioritize

  • Ability to clearly communicate with internal and external customers, including, but not limited to, patients, co-workers, management, physicians, and visitors

  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy in accordance to hospital policy

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 2 years college with academic credits with 12 semester hours in biological sciences

About the hospital you will serve :

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, is part of Providence Health & Services, an integrated, not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, medical clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities in the western United States. Founded in 1942, Providence Saint John’s Health Center enjoys a reputation for clinical excellence across many disciplines.

The 266-bed health center has a medical staff of more than 900 physicians, 1,800 employees and a host of volunteers who share a commitment to providing quality care for all.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Histology Technologist

Location: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 282854