The incumbent will have the responsibility of performing difficult specialized histological, histochemical, and immunohistochemical procedures, as well as developing, modifying, or adapting new staining methods or techniques, improving existing methods as necessary for routine histotechnology procedures. The technician will be responsible for troubleshooting issues with instruments and resolving problems. The Advanced Histopathology Technician at the GS-7 (Advanced level) level have a higher level of responsibility for technical oversight and are expected to carry out assigned tasks of considerable difficulty independently. This position require practical knowledge of the anatomic pathology laboratory practice in one or both area of histopathology and cytology. The duties and responsibilities of an Advanced Histopathology Technician include but are not limited to: Maintains knowledge of and complies with federal regulations associated with the Clinical Lab Improvement Act of 1988; Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all processing tasks of the histopathology technician occupation involving anatomic pathology, i.e., surgical pathology, autopsy pathology and cytopathology; surgical pathology, autopsy pathology and cytopathology; performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Ensures and maintains accurate patient identification through the chain of custody of the specimen. Prepares technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens by processing, embedding tissue, cutting, staining and cover slipping. Perform high quality special stains, including differential Quik, trichrome, PAS, AFB, GMS, etc., per established departmental protocols, or as ordered by the pathologist. Responsible for maintaining a clean organized work area; cleans and stalks grossly areas adequate daily, and preparation for pathologist, replaces chemicals removes placed in old specimens as necessary. Must follow guidelines established by the facility, OSHA, Joint Commission and CAP for safety, with storage and removal, use of PPE, etc. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The Anatomic Pathology supervisor outlines assignment parameters, deadlines and priorities and provides advice on how to proceed when unusual problems are encountered. The technician plans and carries out the procedures necessary to complete the work assignments; handles problems and corrects errors in accordance with established protocols or accepted laboratory practices. The technician exercises judgment in the execution of the work and solves most technical problems independently, keeping the supervisor informed of all technical problems and requesting assistance as needed. The supervisor reviews the work reports for the technical soundness and conformity to policy and established requirements. Customer Services: Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions, Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Age, Developmental, & Cultural Needs of Patients: The age of the patients served ranges from 18 to 100 years. Considers age of the patient when performing services as it relates to functional capacity/limitations, ability to understand and follow directions, provide objective self-assessment of past medical condition and treatment appropriate to the overall treatment goals and plans. The employee must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position including those necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and population of the patients served. he/she must have the knowledge of the human growth, development and aging process and understand the treatment needed by different age and population groups. Such groups include but are not limited to Female Veterans, Veterans, Veterans dealing with anxiety or grief, Suicidal Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Specific Service/of Conflict (WWII, Korea, Cold War, Gulf War, Peace Keeping Missions), OIF/OEF, Disabled Veterans. Security: Protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Protects the data from unregulated release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion. Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc. as set out in the computer access agreement. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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