[Histonet] Processing


have a simple question. When the phrase "processing of specimens"is used in
someone's work description(duties), how does everyone interpret that?
Example: "Performs routine processing of histology specimens to include
accessioning, setting up or performing the gross of surgical specimens and
assisting the pathologist at gross."

I interpret it is as that person has to accession, gross, process, embed,
cut and stain. I want to see if others interpret this like I do. I work for
the government and have a situation where my military dept. head and my
military immediate supervisor (Head of Anatomical Pathology) created a GS 7
position for a lady who was contracted as a phlebotomist. She has no
experience, no knowledge, no degree and is being trained (OJT) which is a no
no for a GS 7. Minimal degree for this position is an Associates. I feel
this is compromising patient care and I have spoken to my immediate
supervisor, who justified this woman getting the position. I have a very
tough decision to make, b/c I believe this is wrong and I will not be hung
out to dry when something major happens. I'm covering all bases. I know one
can not OJT in histology as of Jan. 2004. Does the same rule apply to
cytology? This lady is being trained to accession in histology, cyto prep
and as a back up transcriptionist.    Thanks everybody.


Heather A. Harper




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