Future Histotechs pay

From:marsha r price

Dear histonetters,
I was just curious if when the requirement that takes effect in 2005 that
Histotechs have to have a minimum of an Associates in Science, if our pay
was going to go up to match, lets say that of RN's (Nurses). That is what
kind of degree that nurses have is an associates in Science.

Here is a little comparison. I have a friend that is a nurse that works
for an agency and works 3/ 12 hour shifts a week. She makes $35 an hour
and $45 an hour if she works on the weekends. She receives $37 a day per
diem (she works approx 1 hour away from home).

I was offered a job in the same town as a histotech to work 3 days a week
at $18 an hour, no per diem or any other incentives. 

Is our job considered less technical or less important than an RN's?
There is from what I have been hearing an extreme shortage of histotechs,
correct me if I am wrong. Maybe hospitals and labs should offer more
incentives like higher pay, let histotechs work the 10 or 12 hour shifts
etc. to attract more histotechs like the agencys are doing with the RN's.

 I have always loved histology and that is why I chose this over being a
nurse, however, after taliking to my nurse friend, I am considering a
career change, mainly because of the pay.

Let me know what you histotechs think about this.

Just Curious Marsha
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