MaryAnn- Please do not leave the field-I think I can speak for everyone there are days but I love my job, I love doing histology and I would hate to see anyone give it up. We of New York state are and having been fighting hard. While we were very excited to see the article and see what NSH was doing on our behalf, It did not have the latest update. There is an Amendment to the legislation that is currently in both the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly and we have our fingers crossed that it will go through before the end of the current session which is the end of June. We have some very powerful political people backing our efforts and with everything in place we are hopeful of once again being Histotechs and not med techs- It has been a huge battle and one that has affected all of us, from some of us (myself included) moving back to New York and being told that your professional degree and training is no longer recognized and each and every one of us paying the $250-$295 for the right to work in the state of New York. Other states for example Florida, Rhode Island and Nevada have state licensure but if you have taken and passed your ASCP exam you are grandfathered in after paying the fees ( Note Rhode Island is $32.50 and Nevada is $75.00 ). Thank you for your concern for those of us working in New York State. Keep your chin up and good luck in the field- I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.
September Amspacher HT(ASCP)
Sr. Tech/ Histologist
Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown NY
From: MaryAnn Dixon
Sent: Tue 5/20/2008 3:13 PM
Subject: [Histonet] NSH bulletin (In Action)
Has anyone read the In Action NSH bulletin lately? Just another example of the lack of recognition for the field of Histology. I am new to the field of Histology. What has happened to those employed in the NY labs? Are other states following by example? Should I get out now before I am unemployed?
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