RE: Stupid Questions

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From:"Nocito, Joseph" <>
To:"'Lab account'" <>, "'Bourassa, Patricia'" <>, "Histonet @Pathology.Swmed.Edu (E-mail)" <>
Date:Wed, 09 Jun 1999 13:28:12 -0500

I keep telling my techs that the only stupid question is an unasked
question.  One tech has been here for over 30 years.  He still asks
questions.  I still ask questions after 22 years.  Who ever claims they know
all, I runn as fast as I can away.  If we all knew everything, then why do
we have resoucres such as the Histonet, NSH and the state societies?  I'll
be the first one to admit that I don't know everything.  Keep asking those
questions.  At one time I couldn't tell hematoxylin from eosin.  

Joe Nocito, B.S., HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Supervisor
Christus Santa Rosa Hospitals
San Antonio, Texas 

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Lab account []
> Sent:	Wednesday, June 09, 1999 11:14 AM
> To:	'Bourassa, Patricia'; Histonet @Pathology.Swmed.Edu (E-mail)
> Subject:	RE: Stupid Questions
> Patti, please don't feel that the comments of one person is the attitude
> of
> all of us, and go ahead and post your questions. All of us had to start
> somewhere and if we can't depend on our fellow techs in the field, who can
> we count on?
> I'd be happy to help you in any way I can, just email me!
> Good luck,
> Noreen Gilman, HT (ASCP) CLS
> Lab Manager
> Skin & Cancer Associates
> Hallandale, FL
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bourassa, Patricia []
> Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 10:59 AM
> To: Histonet @Pathology.Swmed.Edu (E-mail)
> Subject: Stupid Questions
> > Erwin,
> > 
> > As I am one very new to the profession, untrained as a histologist (I've
> got
> > a masters in Biology and have only been at this histology business for 4
> > years or so in a limited capacity!!), I agree with Don that you should
> not
> > put down those of us not as "smart", "intelligent", or "lacking in
> common
> > sense" as you are.  I thought this histonet was supposed to be a
> knowledge
> > sharing forum, no matter how basic that knowledge may be for some of
> you!
> I
> > only started working with paraffin embedded stuff a year or so ago.  And
> I
> > did not know that a pencil was the best thing to mark cassettes with.
> Had
> I
> > not had a "FRIENDLY" advisor who taught me the "BASIC" tricks of the
> trade,
> > I would have probably been in the same boat as the person who put this
> > cassette marking question to the histonet.  
> > 
> > As Don said, we should not be putting people down for basic questions.
> Gee,
> > weren't you in the same boat when you first began your career???   I
> don't
> > think we are all lab managers on this server!  In fact, it seems like
> there
> > are more of us "techs" than there are you "managers"...  I get tons of
> > messages on topics not at all pertinent to my work, and yet I manage to
> read
> > them or delete them without feeling the need to "put someone down" for
> > asking a question.  Most of the time, I just move on.  This time I felt
> the
> > need to reply.  And unfortunately, people like you will be the ones who
> will
> > make me think twice before I ask a question on the histonet rather than
> seek
> > advice privately.  I have found a lot of answers to "basic" questions
> here
> > --  and have met VERY helpful people!  Too bad one sour "manager" who
> has
> > forgotten where he started had to make me feel "below" the rest of the
> > group.  I can do that on my own, thank you very much!  
> > 
> > I'll be sure to avoid any workshops you give at NSH ... wouldn't want to
> be
> > there and ask a stupid, basic question, like "who is the best source for
> > Hematoxylin" ...
> > 
> > -Patti Bourassa
> >  Pfizer, Groton   ---  lowly biologist, trying her best at histology
> > 

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