RE: qualifications

From:"Soto, Roxanne"

I don't mean to get on my high-horse and preach, but I have a question?  How
many people think that there should be regulations guarding what histotechs
can and cannot do?  I am so sick and tired of when we are short staffed
hearing the upper-level management say "can't you pull a phlebotomist over"
or having HR send my transfer requests from cafeteria workers.  Obviously
ASCP realizes the work we do or they wouldn't be enforcing the Associates
Degree rule in a few years; but it would be nice to have the support of CAP
and CLIA onboard this bandwagon.  CAP says as long as they are working under
the direct supervision of a Pathologist it doesn't matter if they are
registered or not.  And CLIA has no regulations at all because we don't
report or read results.  Please, I do not want to make this a debate over
registered techs vs. non-registered techs because I realize that there are
some registered techs that can knock the socks off some registered techs
with the knowledge they have in their heads, but there are some
non-registered techs who don't have a clue about what they are doing it and
how to do it if the machines break down.  So tell me folks, what can we do
about this?

Roxanne Soto
Ap Manager
Milwaukee, WI

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