Re: Future Histotechs pay
|From:||Denise Bland-Piontek |
Jill Songer wrote:
> Hear, Hear, Vinnie!! I totally agree with you!
> At 04:32 PM 8/24/2001 -0400, Vinnie Della Speranza wrote:
>> I completely agree with Chuck's assessment about nurses education.
>> Two year degree nurses generally do not earn the kinds of salaries
>> quoted. BUT one point has been overlooked by all.
>> Nurses are LICENSED to practice. This means that they are regarded as
>> professionals and are held accountable for their performance and
>> actions as they impact on the patient. When you drive poorly or
>> recklessly, you risk losing your drivers license. If a nurse is
>> negligent or behaves unprofessionally, he'she can have that license
>> suspended or revoked, much like a physician. Histotechs are not
>> licensed and indeed, the pathologist is the one held legally and
>> fiancially responsible if a patient specimen is compromised. You can
>> be the worst histotech in the world and probably work somewhere.
>> Until this discipline is prepared to stand up and be accountable,
>> there is little point in making the comparisons to licensed
>> disciplines. Histotechnology has a long history of failing to embrace
>> the need to higher education (there are periodic heated debates on
>> this list about what it takes to be a professional and whining about
>> having to meet higher criteria in order to become certified). When
>> our discipline stops hiding behind the pathologist's lab coat and
>> becomes licensed, you may see the kind of advancements enjoyed by
>> other disciplines. Anyone care to guess what it costs to affiliate
>> with the national nurses organization? Individuals have complained
>> loudly about paying $40 per year to join NSH which includes receiving
>> an internationally recognized journal. Ask Charles to tell you the
>> fee to belong to the AAPA.
>> Vinnie Della Speranza
>> Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
>> Medical University of South Carolina
>> 165 Ashley Avenue Suite 309
>> Charleston, SC 29425
>> Ph: 843-792-6353
>> fax: 843-792-8974
>> >>> "Charles.Embrey" 08/24/01 02:35PM >>>
>> Sorry Marsha, Most RNs (registered nurses) have a Bachelor of Science
>> degree in nursing as a minimum. Many go on to finish their Masters.
>> nurses with only an associate degree normally work as an LPN or
>> Nurses Aid. I think histo salaries will rise as they have recently
>> but it
>> will be more in tune with the shortages in the field than with education
>> requirements. Even with my BS degree I would make roughly the same as a
>> non-degreed HT with the same experience. My salary only went up when I
>> entered the Pathologists' assistant field.
>> Charles R. Embrey Jr., PA(AAPA), HT(ASCP)
>> Histology Supervisor
>> Carle Clinic
>> Urbana, IL
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: marsha r price [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2001 10:19 AM
>> To: email@example.com
>> Subject: Future Histotechs pay
>> Dear histonetters,
>> I was just curious if when the requirement that takes effect in 2005
>> Histotechs have to have a minimum of an Associates in Science, if our
>> was going to go up to match, lets say that of RN's (Nurses). That is
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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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> Jill Songer HT (ASCP)
> Supervisor, Anatomic Pathology
> Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
> Virginia Tech
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