Histology Technician / Histologist / Histology Tech / Histology Technologist

Houston, TX

Posted: 09/21/2023 Employment Type: Full-Time/Part-Time Industry: Health Care, Other Job Number: Houston 51 Pay Rate: 37.00

Job Description

Pulse Staffing 


Histology Technician / Histologist / Histology Tech / Histology Technologist 


Job Description 


Histology Technicians, are you looking for a staffing organization that can get you the assignments that you truly want? This is your chance to take advantage of an exciting career opportunity at Pulse Staffing! Established since 1988, we are the premium provider of the highest quality health care professionals to many of the top-rated hospitals and healthcare networks. By providing simple solutions to complex demands, we’ve developed lasting relationships, delivered consistent service, and gained the trust of some of the most prestigious medical facilities in Texas. 


Due to our unparalleled success, we are seeking energetic, compassionate, and experienced Histology Technicians to join our team and take advantage of local and travel assignments in the Texas area. We pride ourselves on building long-lasting relationships with our nurses that create a one-of-a-kind staffing experience. We continue to uphold our great reputation with exceptional customer service that produces unique and endless opportunities for our nurses.  


At Pulse Staffing, we look for staff who care for patients like family, not because it’s their job, but because it’s their calling. We offer per diem shifts, local contracts, travel contracts, and direct hire opportunities for positions in various clinical settings. Think you have what it takes? Contact us today! 


“What’s in it for you with us?” 


  • Competitive compensation
  • Completion bonus available for travel staff
  • A convenient work shift – for 13 weeks or PRN
  • Paid weekly
  • Parking Reimbursement
  • Virtual Hiring Process with Online Paperwork
  • We work with your schedule for interviewing time & location
  • The flexibility to speak with one of our Staffing Coordinators after-hours


Histology Technician / Histologist / Histology Tech / Histology Technologist / Pedi / Pediatrics / Healthcare / Medical Staffing / Professional Services 


Job Requirements 


The Histology Technician will perform the various tasks required for receiving, processing, and preparing patient tissue specimens for microscopic examination and analysis by the Pathologist. This may include logging, batching, and cutting, mounting, and staining procedures. Tissue specimens received from surgical, diagnostic, or autopsy cases are sorted, logged, and prioritized according to the standards required. Upon receiving written or verbal orders from physicians or their designees, the Histology Technician will coordinate daily workflow of tasks and activities in the surgical pathology area regarding routine procedures, special procedures, and the surgery schedule.


Histology Technician Duties: 


  • Retrieves specimens from the Surgery Department
  • Receives specimens for other cases when delivered to the Laboratory
  • Sorts specimens according to priority and difficulty of procedures and records in pathology log
  • Embeds specimens into blocks and fixes tissue in formalin
  • Operates instrumentation for tissue dehydration, section clearing, impregnation with paraffin, cutting tissue sections, and staining of slides
  • Prepares solutions, stains, and reagents in accordance with standards written procedures Operates and maintains all histology area lab equipment in proper state of readiness, cleanliness, and sharpens and hone microtome knives
  • Records number of tissue blocks verifying proper identification and label
  • Performs and monitors inventory of supplies, equipment, and reagents used, and places orders for replacements as required
  • Assists the Pathologist in gross examination of surgical specimens and in frozen section procedures
  • Is capable of performing all routine and special procedures which may include but is not limited to:
    • CAP workload recording
    • Operation of automotive strainers
    • Cytology fluid procedures
    • Cytospin 2 procedures
    • Cytology stains (non-gynecological smears)
    • Hypercenter operation
    • Hematoxylin and eosin stains
    • Deparaffinizing for special stains
    • Pathology report forms
    • Surgical pathology request forms
    • Stock solutions on hand
    • B-5 Fixative preparation
    • B-5 Fixation of lymph nodes or bone marrow
    • Slide request procedures
    • Removal of mercuric chloride ppts from B-5 fixative
    • Carbohydrate stains
    • Connective tissue and muscle fiber stains
    • Microorganism stains
    • Pigments and mineral stains
    • Nuclear and cytoplasmic stains
    • Lipid stains
    • Nerve tissue stains
    • Immunoperozidase stains
  • Performs other duties as requested by supervisors
  • Retrieves pathology data and delivers pathologist’s dictation tapes and surgical pathology requisitions to medical transcriptionist
  • Performs with a minimum of errors- works neatly and with accuracy regardless of volume of work
  • Shows willingness to assist other laboratory personnel when requested
  • Shows willingness to assist other laboratory personnel as workload permits without being requested to do so
  • Encourages other lab personnel towards professional growth and development by sharing information
  • Keeps current with changes in laboratory procedures
  • Daily assignments are completed within eight – hour shifts
  • Organizes work for effective utilization of time
  • Able to determine priorities when organizing daily assignments
  • Daily workload indicates good use of time
  • Seeks assistance when necessary from Histology Technologist or Lab Manager
  • Makes pertinent observations in regard to department needs and office suggestions
  • Shows ability to handle unexpected situations and is able to exercise independent thought and action
  • Shows ability to handle unexpected situations and is able to exercise independent thought and action
  • Is aware of need for cost containment
  • Utilizes supplies in non-wasteful manner
  • Observes confidentiality, both with patient information and co-workers
  • Maintains good interpersonal relationships with co-workers and with people in general
  • Promotes an environment in which the laboratory staff can work together cooperatively toward objectives
  • Capable of performing a variety of tasks within the scope of job duties
  • Accepts accountability for actions
  • Assumes responsibility for own behavior
  • Able to recognize the importance of hospital policy
  • Accepts and follows hospital policy
  • Can be counted on to carry out instructions and fulfill job responsibilities
  • Can be counted on to report to work as scheduled
  • Accepts responsibility for and becomes available for overtime when workload requires
  • Accepts responsibility for and becomes available to work a different shift when workload or conditions warrant it



Histology Technician Responsibilities: 


Validates specimen identification and appropriateness of sample type and size and prioritizes workload according to handling protocols defined in section manuals within the established turnaround times.

  • Processes specimens using the tissue processor and knows the correct order of solutions and programs for each type of processing.
    • Embeds tissues and sections at least 30 blocks/hour on the microtome to the correct thickness; makes the correct number of sections and slides for each specimen or block type. No more than one documented complaint from a pathologist related to poor quality.
    • Performs routine staining procedures, AFB, MSN, Gram, and Oro, on mounted tissue sections or body fluid preparations for the demonstration of specific tissue elements or microorganisms according to section procedures. Prioritizes and multitasks staining procedures to provide more timely, productive processing.
    • Coverslips at a minimal rate of 3 slides/min; labels and distributes slides for interpretation by the pathologist in a timely manner.
    • Assists with liver biopsies, fine needle aspirations, and retrieves fresh specimens in the main lab, cryostat lab, NGI suite, CT suite, and Electron Microscopy.
    • Performs inquiry functions (technical, specimen number, and result) and troubleshoots problems



  • Required Registered HT (ASCP) or
  • Required Registered HTL (ASCP)


Specific qualifications for Histology Technician role include: 


  • Minimum 2-5 years of Histology Technician experience
  • 2 years of Pediatric experience
  • able to process, embed, and section paraffin blocks and frozen tissue
  • able to perform Special Stains using an automated stainer and by hand
  • Current and valid BLS certification
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, high-risk environment
  • Must meet Pulse Staffing’s hiring criteria



Histology Technician / Histologist / Histology Tech / Histology Technologist / Pedi / Pediatrics / Healthcare / Medical Staffing / Professional Services 


Join us at the heart of healthcare and enjoy a rewarding career! 

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