I agree. Having a higher certification shouldn't mean higher pay unless the
duties are different between the two classifications. The HTL should be
paid higher if the responsibilities of the position warrant it.
I have a lab aide here that has a BS degree - not certified - and I pay her
as I do all the other lab aides. Her responsibilities are the same. It
seems the same should apply to techs as well.
Just my thoughts.
Louri Caldwell, BS, HTL (ASCP)
>From: "Morken, Tim"
>Subject: RE: HT/HTL
>Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2002 07:56:27 -0400
>To me just getting a higher certification is not grounds for higher pay.
>person would have to take on more responsibility to earn that. If they are
>doing the same work, I suggest that is a waste of the higher-certified
>persons knowledge and skill.
>At the last hospital I worked in we had two grades for techs. We had a
>larger lab with 11 techs, so it was easy to designate different duties. One
>was "bench tech" and that covered all the routine work, including immuno's
>done under supervision. We also had a "Senior Tech" position which covered
>supervising bench techs in a given area. For instance, We had three senior
>techs (four if you count cytology), one over routine cutting, staining and
>special stains, and one over the grossing/frozen section area and one over
>IHC,ISH Kidney and muscle work. Each senior tech was responsible for
>managing the workflow, handling problems, developing technologies, training
>new techs, and covering for abscences if necessary. They had a significant
>pay difference between these two positions. The supervisor was another
>above the senior tech.
>At a smaller lab I worked at (4 techs and a lab assistant) it was not as
>clear cut as far as supervisory jobs went. But we did have distinctions
>between lower grade and higher grade. The base was lab assistant, who got
>all the grunt work. Then if a person got their HT they were promoted and
>handled routine histology work and didn't have to do the lab assistant type
>work. If a person got their HTL then they were eligible for special
>in IHC, ISH, and EM. They were also made responsible for some aspect of the
>lab; maybe specials, grossing, IHC etc. We all did the routine work, but
>then had the special responsibility for a given area. That responsiblilty
>included QA/QC, writing procedures, developing new techniques, training
>others, etc. The pay difference was significant between HT and HTL. There
>was no policy that there had to be a certain number of HT's or HTL's; in
>fact the lab director would have been happy as punch to have all HTL's
>working in the lab (besides lab assistants, which we always had). This
>seemed to work well, even in such a small lab. When I left we had three
>HTL's and one HT and the lab ran very smoothly. I will say that the lab
>director (pathologist) was always interested in all kinds of training for
>the people in our lab and would pay out of his own pocket to help people
>(the hospital would pay nothing!). I realize now that I was in a very
>special situation at that institution.
>From: Soto, Roxanne [mailto:RSoto@covhealth.org]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2002 6:55 PM
>To: Histonet (E-mail)
>Can anyone tell me what you do with job classification between technicians
>and technologists? Do you have a distinction? If an HT and an HTL sit
>side by side and do the same exact work everyday, no more, or no less,
>should there be a distinction between them? And by distinction, I am job
>code and pay grade.
>Thanks for any input.
>Roxanne Soto HT(ASCP)
>FSL (SJH, SFH, EMH)
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