RE: Board of registry

From:"Nocito, Joseph" <> (by way of histonet)

I understand what you are saying, but our filed has changed over the last 20
years.  Look at the advances in Immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization,
and other technologies.  I myself went the OJT route for my HT, but it
wasn't until I started taking some college classes that I realized how much
I didn't know about my job.  After completing courses in anatomy/physiology,
inorganic/organic chemistry and microbology, I finally made sense out of IHC
theory.  I think the time is past due to have college requirements to take
the HT. We will never get the due respect we are do in respect to positions
and pay unless we up the basic requirments.
	In addition, look how many Histo labs are being operated by a MT.
One of the reasons for me completing my degree was because I was getting
tired of MTs running Histo labs without a clue to what we do.  As it is now,
I have my own section, but my supervisor is an MT and I have to fight for
every little thing because to her, we asre less important that Micro,
Chemistry or Hem.  This is my opinion and does not reflect the thinking
of the current management.

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

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Mary Bryhan []
> Sent:	Thursday, September 07, 2000 7:52 PM
> To:	Histonet;
> Subject:	Board of registry
> Today our lab operations manager showed me a page that had been printed
> off
> the NSH website.  This page reported that beginning in 2004, the BOR will
> not permit applicants with only a High School diploma to take the HT exam.
> There will be requirements similar to those currently required for the HTL
> exam.
> At the age of 14 I took a 3 week summer class for fun, which previewed
> three
> health careers, one each week.  As you can guess, I became interested in
> histology.  Two years later when I was 16, I began my 2 year ASCP
> accredited
> HT training program.  Because of staffing shortages, I received my
> received
> my 1st job offer in histology before I even graduated.  I took my boards
> as
> soon as I was eligible, back when the board only offered the exam twice
> per
> year.  I passed on the first try and got a pay increase of a quarter,
> which
> put my wage at $4.25 / hour.
> During the last 21 years I have worked with a wide variety of people who
> call themselves  histo techs.  I must say that the majority of techs I
> have
> worked with that were good at the meat and potatoes of regular histology
> techniques were high school graduates.
> There is a current staffing shortage in histology; does it make sense to
> further it by adding these restrictions?  Also, what will the added costs
> be
> to an already over burdened medical system as we have in the US?
> Mary Bryhan
> Petoskey,  Michigan

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