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)
Histology Manager
Carle Clinic, Urbana Illinois  

-----Original Message-----
From: Gutierrez, Juan []
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 10:49 AM
To: 'Travis Troyer';
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) 
Histology Supervisor 
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital 

-----Original Message-----
From: Travis Troyer []
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.
Thank you
Travis Troyer
Peterson Clinical Lab

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