Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 5/4/2022

Cytotechnologist-Lab Pathology-per-diem

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center · 0101.51580 SEH Lab Pathology
Brighton, MA

I. Position Function:

To read and report results of Non-GYN and GYN case types.

To perform secondary level reviews of cytology results for Quality Control and Quality Improvement as dictated by CLIA and CAP regulatory guidelines..

To answer questions pertaining to any Cytology cases including, but not limited to questions about diagnosis, staining, preparedness of specimens asked by doctors, nurses and/or their assistants as needed.

Utilizes expertise and experience providing guidance and/or resolution for clinical problems that may arise in the Cytology/Pathology laboratory.

To help prepare for, and have the Cytology laboratory ready for JCAHO and CAP inspections.

Assist Radiologists, urologists and other clinicians with Fine Needle Aspirates.

II. Job Relationships:

Reports to the lead cytotechnologist

Daily work is overseen by the lead cytotechnologist

Receives guidance from medical consultants.

Maintains good rapport with vendors and suppliers.

Works collaboratively with all hospital staff, physicians and patients.

III. Authority:

Has the authority perform QC and perform secondary level reviews of cytotechnologist's work as required by regulatory guidelines.

Has the Authority to update Policy and Procedure Manual in compliance with regulatory agencies for Cytology/Pathology.

Has the authority to order materials for cytology.

Has authority to organize cytology laboratory workstations to suit the needs of the department.

Has authority to determine if a specimen is inadequate for processing.

Has the authority to sign out GYN cases within the limits set forth by the Hospital.

Has the authority to prescreen Non-Gyn cases for review by Pathologists

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1.) "Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,

and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards."

Performs all Cytology laboratory functions including, but not limited to, processing, staining, special staining and labeling of cytology, and fluids in an accurate and timely manner.

Perform all required, primary and secondary level, Quality Control/Quality Improvement procedures, make any corrections and document results accurately and timely.

Perform daily review of the technical quality of cytologic preparations as dictated by regulatory requirements.

Perform retrospective review of pap smears according to CLIA and CAP guidelines.

Perform pap smear-biopsy correlations to fulfill regulatory requirements.

Report to lead cytotechnologist any problems that require intervention.

Correctly operates and maintains all laboratory equipment.

Maintains all records in a complete, accurate and legible manner.

Insures ongoing compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies including, but not limited to, JCAHO, CAP, OSHA, DPH, HCFA, NCCLS and CLIA by following established hospital guidelines.

Update Policy and Procedure Manual in compliance with regulatory agencies for Cytology/Pathology as necessary.

Assists with meeting departmental time frame of inspection readiness at all times.

Assists with Preventative and Corrective Maintenance programs that are performed on all instruments as needed.

Is familiar with proper computer down time procedures.

Keep current on new technologies, procedures and methodologies that may enhance patient care and/or increase efficiency in the laboratory.

Insure adequate inventory of supplies appropriate for test volume and orders supplies when needed.

Follows all organizational, departmental and section policies for safety, Universal Precaution, Hazardous Waste, etc.

Dispose of hazardous waste in safe and proper manner.

Conduct self in a professional manner at all times (apparel, telephone conversation, staff/peer interaction, etc.).

Strive for continuous improvements in service and quality.

B. Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

Participate in technical support for physicians and research groups.

Assist lead cytotechnologists with special projects.

Helps covers phones in the department when secretaries are out or at lunch

V. Reporting Requirements:

Reports immediately to lead cytotechnologist any deviation of normal operation.

Reports to Laboratory Administrative Director in the absence of the lead cytologist

VI. Accountability:

Shall be held accountable for maintaining the confidentiality, security and privacy of all hospital related, medical staff related and/or patient related data and information.

Shall be accountable for abiding by all relevant hospital policies and procedures including Infection control policies.

Shall be held accountable for accurately labeling slides.

Shall be held accountable for filling out QC forms as well as daily maintenance reports for laboratory equipment.

Shall be held accountable for the diagnostic accuracy of all personally signed out cases.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

Baccalaureate degree plus 1 year consisting of and/or followed by one year of supervised clinical internship at an approved/accredited school of cytotechnology culminating in a specialty registration CT (ASCP) by examination.

Minimum Experience:

3 years in hospital or high volume cytology laboratory preferred

Minimum skills/abilities:

Computer literacy.

Ability to read and diagnose cytology slides.


A.S.C.P. Cytotechnologist required.


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