RE: Time Off-Coverage
What do you mean put the PA to work? I can't believe someone would suggest
having a PA do lab assistant work. That would be a VERY expensive Lab
Assistant or technician. It just doesn't seem cost effective to pay someone
$40-$55 an hour to do $8-10 dollar an hour work. Train your grossing tech
to HT level, give them a raise and rotate the shifts to prevent burnout.
You can also move your grossing schedule forward to more closely align with
the histotech timeframe. I gross here from about 0800 to 1530. I would
hate grossing until 6pm.
Charles R. Embrey Jr. PA(AAPA), HT(ASCP)
Carle Clinic, Urbana Illinois
From: Gutierrez, Juan [mailto:Juan_Gutierrez@srhc.iwhs.org]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 10:49 AM
To: 'Travis Troyer'; email@example.com
Subject: RE: Time Off-Coverage
What does your P.A. do? Sounds to me like you need to put him/her to work.
I have the same situation here, except I have a tech not a P.A. to cover
from 7:30-4:00. When my gross tech is out he covers for him. And if I need
him to come in early to cover for the cutters, he is willing to do it. The
only draw back is that when he is out I have to cover for him. I guess I
should consider myself lucky.
Hope this helps.
Juan C. Gutierrez, HT(ASCP)
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital
From: Travis Troyer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 10:28 AM
Subject: Time Off-Coverage
Our lab is a smaller lab consisiting of two full time histotechs, a grossing
tech, and a Pathologist Assistant. We are having a hard time deciding on
how to deal with time off for techs when the histotech time frame is
5:30am-1:30pm and the grossing time frame is 11:30am-6:00pm. We also do
some cytology fluid prep work. I am trying to figure out a good solution so
that nobody gets burned out and everything is covered. Our current workload
is enough that a single tech can't handle either the grossing or the
microtomy alone. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Peterson Clinical Lab
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