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Providence Health & Services Histotechnician 3 (SIGN ON BONUS) in Portland, Oregon


Providence is looking a Histotechnician 3 (1.0 FTE, NIGHT SHIFT) to Providence Portland Office Park Portland in Portland, OR.

Sign on Bonus and Relocation Assistance Offered! Hours for this role are 3am-11:30am

We are seeking a Histotechnician who will contribute a valuable service aiding pathologists in providing patient diagnoses. Information gained through microscopic evaluation of tissue slides prepared by histology technicians allows a pathologist to either identify or dismiss disease. The preparatory steps taken to ensure a quality diagnosis are key to this relationship. Under general supervision, the Histotechnician 3 prepares microscopic tissue slides for diagnostic and/or research purposes; performs tissue stains to assist in diagnosis; handles specimen accessioning; and maintains laboratory and equipment. Knowledge of the basic pathologic conditions, skills in the use of precision equipment, and performance of special stains are required for accurately demonstrating the morphology of tissue specimens. All laboratory employees are expected to possess an understanding of the Providence Health and Services, and Oregon Regional Laboratory Services goals and strategies; including the Regional Laboratory Quality Policy. Each Laboratory employee is expected to perform all duties in a manner that promotes the team concept and reflects the Providence Health and Services mission, philosophy, and core values of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence and integrity. To advance, an employee must attain increased education, skills, knowledge and abilities and must demonstrate an ability to assume the increased responsibilities and accountabilities of the next stage as designated in this Job Category Description and on the Job Title Specification Sheet.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Process incoming samples for microscopic examination and diagnosis by the pathologists.

  • Prepare special stains, enzyme histochemical and immunofluorescent procedures and other techniques to aid or facilitate diagnoses on tissue specimens.

  • Process specimen accessioning to include all manual and computerized data entry.

  • Prepare and maintain all necessary reagents, including stains, alcohols, and paraffin according to proper specifications

  • Perform embedding, microtome sectioning of paraffin sections and autopsy tissues.

  • Demonstrate proper use and LIS maintenance of records for tissue samples, containers, cassettes as well as blocks and slides.

  • Perform cryotomy of frozen tissues.

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of special procedures for specimen handling.

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of quality assurance processes.

  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of equipment use and maintenance.

  • Demonstrate positive guidance in working with others to identify, analyze and resolve technical and procedural problems.

  • Demonstrate enhanced verbal communication skills by providing succinct situation summaries of evolving issues.

  • Practice stewardship in ordering reagents, equipment and supplies.

  • Demonstrate knowledge for implementation of applicable regulatory requirements.

  • Demonstrate strong troubleshooting skills with equipment and H&E staining process.


Required qualification in this position include:

  • Histology Technician (HT) or American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification with High School Diploma/GED: plus 8 years industry experience at an equivalent high volume or acute care laboratory performing high complexity testing


  • HT (ASCP) certification from accredited training program, or on-the- job training (OJT): plus 7 years industry experience at an equivalent high volume or acute care laboratory performing high complexity testing.

Preferred qualification in this position include:

  • Associate's degree in Algebra, Chemistry and Biological

  • Bachelor's degree in Algebra, Chemistry and Biological

  • Six (6) years of Histotech experience (**) AND Associate Degree AND successful completion of an accredited HT training program AND Certification (HT, HTL) from a government agency or nationally recognized professional organization (eg. ASCP, NCA, etc.).

  • Five (5) years of Histotech experience (**) AND Bachelor degree AND successful completion of an accredited HT training program AND Certification (HT, HTL) from a government agency or nationally recognized professional organization (eg. ASCP, NCA, etc.).

  • Histotech experience from an equivalent high volume or acute care laboratory performing high complexity testing

Soft Skills in this position include:

  • Team oriented great work ethic (focused on the work)

  • Thrives in a high volume environment

  • Experienced with a wide range of tissue types/sizes and cutting/embedding protocols

  • Familiar with using a LIS system (Cerner Millennium AB&T preferred)

  • Able to cut and/or embed for extended periods of time

  • Adaptable to current protocols and procedures

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

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Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. 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: Night

Job Category: Histology Technologist

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 251543