RE: Responding To Tissue Processor Alarms & Being On Call

From:"DeLovino, Salvacion S."

I think that if they are not going to pay you money but time off, at least
take off for the time and a half that you would have been paid if you were
to be paid with money. That should be considered overtime as it is outside
your scheduled work hours. Either that or call back hours of a minimum of 4
hours. We used to be paid call back hours for coming back in the middle of
the night. Whether we stayed 10 minutes or an hour, we were paid for 4

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> From: 	Jones, Laura[]
> Sent: 	Wednesday, December 04, 2002 12:06 PM
> To: 	Histonet (E-mail)
> Subject: 	Responding To Tissue Processor Alarms & Being On Call
> Hi!  We are interested in finding out how other labs handle the inevitable
> middle of the night phone calls when the alarm sounds on the tissue
> processor.  Who is responsible for dragging him or herself into the lab at
> three a.m. to resolve the problem, and does that person get paid to be "on
> call"?  Also, if your processor is going to be down for a few days or
> more, and a neighboring facility is gracious enough to process your
> tissues, (Thank You, Northside!!!) who is the lucky one driving miles away
> to deliver and pick up the tissues?  How is that person compensated for
> this service?  
> Here is our situation.  Our Pathologist acts as our supervisor.  We have
> three techs, so we have decided to rotate the months between the three of
> us to be responsible for answering those middle of the night calls.  We do
> not get paid to be "on call", but we do punch in when we get here, and
> then punch out when we leave.  If we are here for an hour, they like us to
> try to leave an hour early at some time during the week to balance it out.
> When our processor has been down for days at a time, we have driven our
> tissues to a neighboring hospital ourselves, and picked it up in the
> mornings ourselves as well.  For this, we are paid mileage from hospital
> to hospital, and our start time is considered to be the time we arrive at
> to pick up the tissue.  
> We would very much appreciate your input and suggestions!  Thanks very
> much!  
> Laura Jones 
> Sharon Regional Health System 
> Sharon, PA 
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