Within the defined scope of practice and in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, accreditation requirements and certification standards, prepare and perform microscopic examination of slides of vaginal and cervical smears, reporting results to the pathologist and ordering physician; insures all required information and documentation are accurately, timely and correctly submitted. Adheres to the professional standards of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
1. Prepares, through fixing and staining, exfoliated cells from pap smears. Identifies specimens unsatisfactory for examination, and notifies the pathologist and the ordering physician.
2. Provides microscopic examination of prepared smears, determining whether the slides are negative or positive for malignant cells as well as degree of abnormality in the specimens that show abnormal cell structure (i.e., atypical-no repeat, atypical-follow up, suspicious, suggestive, or positively malignant.
3. Insures that all specimens are properly, accurately and completely labeled, and that the proper documentation initiating testing is submitted with all required documentation. Provides comprehensive, accurate and timely written and/or electronic documentation on examination and findings in accordance with documentation standards. Responds to inquiries from attending/ordering physician.
4. Conducts quality control procedures on instrumentation, equipment, reagents, stains and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Recognizes and immediately acts through appropriate means and channels regarding unusual instrumentation or reagent quality control results,
5. At all times, provides service excellence and service recovery in the delivery of services to patients and in interaction with internal and external partners.
*One (1) year experience in hospital laboratory cytotechnology or closely related experience.