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RssBrenda Blanks ASCP(HT)cm

Performs routine and complex tasks in the pathology department. Embeds, cuts, mounts human specimen on slide and stains for the examination by the pathologist. Assits pathologist, providing:cassettes, forms, and assists him or her grossing. Assits with frozen sections. Maintains all equipment, cryostat, microtomes, embedding station, all Venatan stainers, in order to ensure accurate and appropriate performance. Frequent contact with physicians and nursing staff to explain specimen requirements and obtain information necessary for the pathologist examination.Processes specimens according to department procedures. Embeds tissues , stains slides, processes cytologic material according to established procedures. Utilizes quality control on a routine basis.Ensures tissue processor, cryostat, Ventana instrumens, and other stainers are properly maintained. Documents preventive maintenanceand problem shooting.Records temperatues on equipments and instruments on daily basis. Performs weekly inventory of supplies in the department and oders when replenishment is indicated. Pick-up specimens from departments and logs in giving each specimen an identifying number.Files blocks and slides in a manner for easy retrieval .Strives to maintain a good working relationship with other departments and co-workers. Participates in CQI efforts of the organization.Ensures that compliance wtih regulatory and accrediation requirements , such as keeping manuals up to date.Works together as part of team effort.Complies with appropriate CDC hand hygiene guide lines and use of OSHA safety devices.

Medical or Health Services Manager

South Boston, VA

About Me


Healthcare & Medical


Medical or Health Services Manager


M.A. Symthe Award Worked between two departments as phlebotomist and on the job training as histotechnician. Self-studied and passed the ASCP Certification in 2005 and re-certified in 2008.

Ideal Companies:

Hospitals in the histology department. Private labs doing histology procedures

Education level:


Will Relocate:



South Boston, VA

Work Experiences

11/1998 - 1/2009

Halifax Regional Hospial

Entry Level

  • Performed routine and complex tasks in the pahtology department. Embedded, cut, mounted and stained slides that were acceptable to pathologist.Routine QI. Ensured that compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements were maintained. Ensured proper disposal of biologic and chemical waste. Files blocks and slides in a manner that facilitates easy and rapid retreival. Preventive maintance on all equipment and instruments in order to ensure accurate and appropriater perfomance. Pick-up of specimens in departmnets, logging in of all specimens and giving each specimen an identifying number. Process and stained cytologic materials. Frequent contact with physicains and nursing staff to explain specimen requirements and obtain information necessary for pathological examination. Maintains processor and changed solutions when needed, maintains embedding station, microtomes, cryostat, Ventana stainers, and Pahtology instruments. Kept manuals and procedure manuals up to date for CAP inspections and other orgainizations. Perfoms weekly inventory of department supplies and orders supplies when replenishment is needed.



Associate Degree

National College

  • Medical Assisting