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Pathologists' Assistant (PA) / Lab Pathology / Multiple locations - Float position / Day shift / Per diem

Job ID JR131068 Date posted 11/15/2022
San Diego, California
  • Copley Drive
  • Day
  • Per Diem
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Sharp Laboratory Services is dedicated to excellence in providing quality care with each specimen drawn and test performed. At Sharp, we encourage a career of lifelong learning along with a healthy work-life balance.

Whether you’re newly licensed or a seasoned lab professional, there’s a place for you in one of our many lab settings. With full support from management and opportunities for career advancement, we empower our lab professionals to grow with us.

Success Profile

Wondering what qualities it takes to be a successful laboratory professional at Sharp? Here are some of the traits we're looking for.

  • Analytical
  • Logical
  • Focused
  • Efficient
  • Results driven
  • Collaborative

We are Sharp


Our leadership team promotes wellness, reward and recognition, flexible scheduling and work-life balance.

We have empowered our team to create innovative ways of providing patient-centered care, such as our unique drive-thru phlebotomy service and incorporating aromatherapy and hand massage into our practice to create a healing environment for our patients. These innovative services have received numerous awards from our organization and Planetree.

Career Path

The mission of the Laboratory Education program is to educate laboratorians in accordance with the highest professional standards; provide them with skills and knowledge enabling them to provide excellence in patient care; and stimulate and promote lifelong learning.

This education is offered to clinical laboratory scientists and phlebotomists to help them enhance their skills while earning CEUs. Training courses and seminars are offered throughout the year on laboratory topics such as phlebotomy, safety, microbiology, hematology, chemistry and pathology.


  • Medical, vision
    dental and more

    Our flexible benefits include a choice of two HMO medical plans (both of which include vision), two PPO dental choices, flexible spending accounts, accident insurance, long-term disability insurance and life insurance.

  • Generous vacation
    holiday and sick leave

    We offer one of the most generous plans among health care systems in San Diego, and new Sharp employees start with 25 days of paid time off in just the first year.

  • Wellness

    We focus on your overall well-being by giving you tools to improve both yourself and your life — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and environmentally. Our focus is on balanced health and wellness to help you reach your health goals and enjoy life along the way.

  • Employee assistance

    At Sharp, we understand that personal problems occasionally arise and you may need to seek outside professional advice. We’re here to help. Our employee assistance program helps employees develop and maintain a lifestyle that supports good health and productivity.

  • Retirement

    We’re proud to offer two retirement plans to match your needs. The Sharp$aver 401(a) plan matches your after-tax contributions and the 403(b) plan offers a long-term savings plan for pre-tax and Roth contributions with available loan and withdrawal provisions.

  • Educational opportunities
    and tuition reimbursement

    We support and encourage the growth and development of our employees through educational courses for credit in institutions of higher learning, continuing education programs (conferences, workshops, seminars) and specialty certification examinations.

  • Discount programs,
    perks and other benefits

    Our employees are eligible to participate in several group voluntary benefit plans — including group legal, college savings, critical illness insurance, group auto and home insurance and pet insurance.

Job Details


Shift Start Time:


Shift End Time:


Additional Shift Information:

This is a per diem position. Day shift with variable start time. Must be available to work at least 12 shifts per quarter and 2 Saturday shifts per month.

Weekend Requirements:

As Needed

On-Call Required:


What You Will Do
Provide accurate and timely processing of the full spectrum of simple and complex (Levels 1, 2A, 2B & 2C) laboratory specimens and provide additional services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. Provides the technical knowledge, expertise, and judgment required to support the Sharp HealthCare (SHC) mission and scope of laboratory services.

Location:Position will float between multiple locations and departments to include Copley Lab, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital

Hours: This is a per diem position, variable start times. Must be available to work at least 12 shifts per quarter and 2 Saturday shifts per month.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1 year experience grossing complex level 2C specimens
  • Pathologist Assistant PA(ASCP). ASCP Pathologist Assist certification is required within 6 months of start date

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years experience grossing simple (1, 2A, and 28) and complex (2C) cases

Essential Functions

  • Analytical testing procedures
    Obtain clinical histories.
    Describe gross features of tissue for processing (level 1), simple (level 2A, 28) and complex (level 2C) surgical specimens according to standards of the profession.
    Prepare tissue samples for processing for light microscopy.
    Select samples for special studies such as research, chemosensitivity testing, flow cytometry, image analysis, cytogenetics, cultures, electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, crystal identification etc.
    Perform special procedures including tumor triage, tumor banking, x-ray imaging.
    Demonstrate proficiency with selecting tissue for frozen sections, cutting frozen section blocks and staining frozen section and touch preparation slides, in a timely manner within the standards of quality.
    Teach pathologists' assistant students, Health Sciences high school students, pathology residents, medical students (when applicable).
    Photograph gross specimens and microscopic slides.
    Assist with specimen accessioning.
    Maintenance of surgical/autopsy pathology protocols, procedures, reports and data.
    Assure proper maintenance of equipment.
    Assist in preparation for accreditation inspections (CAP, Joint Commission).
    Performance of supervisory/management duties as delegated.
    Assure legal authorization for autopsy.
    Obtain medical records/charts for review and prepare the preliminary summarization of the clinical history.
    Coordinate any requests for special specimen sampling such as organ transplantation, research.
    Consult with attending pathologist to identify special techniques to be utilized during the examination, including cultures, toxicology, coronary artery perfusion, enucleation, etc.
    Perform postmortem examinations including external exam, in-situ organ inspection, evisceration, organ dissection and dictation of findings.
    Prepare tissues for processing for light microscopy and special studies.
    Photograph the body, organs, microscopic slides and other pertinent materials.
    Completes processes without error using written policies, procedures and other appropriate resources; identifies issues in policies or procedures.
    SHC corporate commitment to compliance training principles are correctly and appropriately utilized when performing assigned procedures as written.
    Performs new procedures and policies within acceptable training time intervals; meets department turnaround time goals.
    Documents activities and results consistently, thoroughly and legibly; proofreads and double checks own work to minimize errors.
    Evaluates data for accuracy and verifies any questionable finding with thorough investigation and appropriate follow-through.
    Performs or assists with pre-analytical and post analytical procedures and demonstrates assessment of testing factors with regard to patient age and population specific groups.
  • Clinical competency
    ASCP Pathologist Assist certification is required within 6 months of start date. Documentation and tracking of this certification is the responsibility of the department and will be maintained by the department.
  • Communication and teamwork
    Proactively initiates communication and works cooperatively with others to successfully complete work assignments.
    Demonstrates positive verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
    Completes documentation legibly, accurately, and timely.
    Stays informed through staff meetings, electronic communication, in-services, and educational opportunities.
    Establishes effective working relationships between internal and external customers.
    Seeks opportunities for feedback to improve effectiveness of own communication.
    Validates messages by clarifying expectations and verifying Understanding of agreements/action plans.
  • Critical thinking
    Demonstrates appropriate and logical decisions, especially under critical and stressful situations.
    Demonstrates empathy to patients, coworkers, and all others encountered in the workplace.
    Able to troubleshoot in a logical, productive manner to reach an acceptable resolution.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability
    Uses time effectively and actively sets priorities.
    Demonstrates flexibility in work practices and adjusts to unscheduled situations.
    Cooperates with initiatives to improve work processes.
    Tries new ideas and new ways of doing things
    Positively embraces and is receptive to change and actively participates in the process.
  • Equipment management
    Utilizes all equipment (including phone, copier, fax, etc.), instruments, products, and other tools per manufacturer's and training instructions and according to established procedures.
    Demonstrates competency and efficient use of all tool applications (IS, PC, other system/software) and equipment to produce the end product.
    Performs required preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment/tools.
    Reports and documents equipment/tool/reagent issues and failures.
    Checks inventory expiration dates and demonstrates ability to evaluate consumables (reagent/supply) inventory to prevent shortages; alerts ordering personnel.
    Removes defective equipment from use, documents problem, and notifies appropriate personnel for repair; verifies equipment inspections are up-to-date.
  • Quality assurance
    Completes and assesses all QC procedures in place with indicated corrective action and resolution as needed.
    Coordinates and completes processes in place to meet standards established to maintain quality testing.
    Has knowledge of and reviews quality assurance indicators and monitors in place and works with the laboratory team to meet the established thresholds.
    Completes daily position tasks within expected timeframes to meet overall histology lab QA goal expectations.
    Identifies errors and follows-through with investigation, correction, documentation, and notification to appropriate caregiver and lab leadership.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class #SHARPLAB

Bachelor's Degree; Pathologist Assistant PA(ASCP) - ASCP Board of Certification

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