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Cytopreparatory Tech

Requisition #: 186899
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category: Laboratory/Pathology
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: No
Date Posted: June 5, 2019

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Works in the Cytopathology Laboratory and prepares fixed and fresh specimens for microscopical examination. Uniquely and positively identifies specimens and patients; uses automated equipment for liquid-based processing; stains, coverslips, tracks specimens between labs; assists pathologists with patients during the procurement and preparation of needle aspiration specimens; performs QC functions to detect errors; uses safe infection control procedures.

Full-time, Day Shift

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Work Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital, East Baltimore Campus



High school graduate or equivalent with course work in biology, chemistry and math.

Work Experience:

A minimum of one (1) year experience in a laboratory environment preferred;


Work requires knowledge of solution preparation, decontamination techniques, use of general laboratory equipment, and medical terminology:


  • Math skills sufficient to prepare laboratory solutions;
  • Medical terminology skills sufficient to read requisitions and prepare/order correct stain or procedure;
  • Interpersonal skills (verbal and written); must be able to interact with patients, clinicians, and other staff during procurement and preparation of specimens;
  • Manual dexterity with good hand-eye coordination;
  • Ability to use judgment to determine laboratory technique to be used;
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work efficiently;
  • Skills to maintain cooperative working relationships within a confined work area.

Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. May sit or stand for prolonged periods (4 hours at a time or greater). Is often required to walk; including locations throughout the large campus to retrieve specimens or material, pushing a cart. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, touch, feel, including typing on keyboard. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to work with small instruments/needles, glass tubes and containers, and delicate equipment. May reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch; frequent bending and twisting at waist to reposition during work activity. Repetitive motion (hands, arms), use of equipment following training/instruction and documented procedures is required.

Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results.

Clinical laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.

May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides.

In some areas work space is confined; therefore mobility may be difficult.

Staff will be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Hospital Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.

Must be detail oriented, organized, and accurate. Able to operate hand held patient information devices or computer workstations in accordance with department policy.

Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs.

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