RE: [Histonet] histotech pay/respect

From:"Dawson, Glen"


Best pathologist quote that I've ever heard myself:

"Let's face it, a trained monkey can cut blocks."  

This was referring to trying to staff his personal research lab and was said with all seriousness.  Needless to say, this pathologist and I didn't get along well at all.  Unfortunately, too many share these sentiments and don't have a clue that a histotech tends to do a bit more than "cut blocks".

Sort of makes you wonder why any of us bothers with getting certified or with obtaining necessary CEU's to stay that way.

Hang in There,

Glen Dawson  BS, HT & QIHC
IHC Manager
Milwaukee, WI

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of joelle
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 12:06 PM
Subject: [Histonet] histotech pay/respect

In response to several postings regarding pay and respect- I have been feeling somewhat better to read that others are disheartened by the lack of respect for the effort and time that it can take to become a certified, experienced histotech. The pay doesn't really bother me as much as the attitude that I encounter on a daily basis that "anyone" can do histology and that it is to quote "no big deal" to get certified. I have to concur that in my experience, histology managers do not seem to value or even recognize the skills and time it takes to perfect this trade.I know for me, getting an HTL was quite a burden at times. I had extra studies for sure. And, back in that day, the ASCP slide practical was no picnic. At my own hospital, this attitude is epitomized by the fact that routinely non-certifed, non-histology people are both hired and promoted. I have never seen anyone with a histology background given any sort of professional respect like that given freely to the MT personnel that work there. They do not even recgonize an HTL as a certification. They only give you a small increase for being certified at all (HT). At particularly bad moments, this had made me want to leave the field as well. So, I can relate very easily to everyone else's sentiments. This hospital has been an especially bad example of the "warm body" syndrome. It is almost crippling in terms of the quality of the work and TAT. The inferior service and poor quality produced only serves to reinforce the negative concept- it is indeed a vicious cycle!
At least (all of us) are not alone!
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