Re: Crappy Attitude

From:Marsha R Price

You need to lighten up and laugh a little. This was a joke Ha! HA! This
list was compiled from other histotechs that reponded to my questions and
these were actually quotes that have been quoted to them. I did
exaggerate on No.1 (just for fun).

I did not receive one response from any histotech that said they hated
their job. That is the beauty about histotechs they are so dedicated and
love their jobs even if they feel underpaid, or unappreciated.

Sorry to have offended you.

Marsha Price

On Mon, 03 Sep 2001 12:18:57 -0400 Mike Becker 
> To Marsha and anyne else with this kind of attitude:
> Sorry if I come on too strong and I have heard al those reasons 
> listed below
> but you either way off base or in need of some good old mental 
> health
> counseling plus a new career. Here are my top ten reasons for 
> becoming a
> tech and staying in the field from 1981 to the present.  Here goes:
> 10.  We do band together! Several state in the US require a license 
> to
> practice Fla being one-come on histonetters help me out here-there 
> are
> several more states which also require a license and others are 
> working on
> it.  Every state  that I am aware of has a state association you can 
> join
> and you can prob join all of them if you wanted to support them all 
> plus
> there is a wonderful NSH for the whole country which advocates, 
> lobbies and
> rallies us together as a profession and has an anuual meeting in a 
> new city
> each year!  Join NSH and advocate for federal licensure, Marsha..  I 
> didnt'
> kow nurses, cytotech and med tech didn't like us-where have I been 
> living in
> a closet-who cares what they think we are HISTOTECHNICIANS-we should 
> like
> ourselves!!!!! Respect yourself and others will too.
> >
> > 10.We do not band together and demand the respect like the nurses,
> > cytotechs and Med. Techs do.
> >
> 9.  As well is should be-we need college educated at least 2 yrs 
> associate
> in the sciences or more if a tech ever wants to advance.
> Histotechnologists, managers and supervisors need a Bachelor's to 
> even think
> about that level of work.  Wher else would a 2 yr ASS trrained histo 
> tech go
> to advance up to a bs level position-it's a career ladder.  Even if 
> you
> don't stay in histology a 4 year degree will get you further than a 
> 2 yr or
> a HS. What century are you living in Marsha?? You can start with as 
> ASS.  It
> is important. If someone wants histo bad enough go thru the 
> channels. Pay
> your dues and do it. HS level thinking will keep our profession 
> immature as
> many of they who practice are straight off the steet with no science
> training and no sense of themselves.
> > 9. The 2 year ojt route/ HS diploma minimium will no longer be 
> available
> > after 2005.
> >
> 8.  I can't read this  item so I can't comment on this one-what are 
> you
> saying here?
> > 8.The education requirement that will take effect in 2005 is just 
> like 4
> > SCH's shy of an AS (WHY?).
> >
> > 7.No matter what kind of education or no matter how good of a tech 
> you
> > are, you will never be compensated appropriately.
> >
> 7.  Let me ask everyone who love this field are YOU IN IT FOR THE 
> > 6. Very few people in this world that has had any contact with the
> > medical world even know that we exist, much less know what we do.
> 6. WRONG!!  I work daily with the pateients in a Mohs surgery 
> setting-they
> know what I do and you can educate anyone about lab work-it's a 
> given that
> mostlab work is behind the scenes anyways-if you want to be "seen" 
> do
> something else get out of lab bench work. It is a behind the scenes 
> job for
> a lot of people and they still like it.
> > 5. Apparently Monkeys can be trained to be histotechs as told by
> > someone's professor. (I think he watched Planet of the Apes way 
> too much
> > and took it seriously.)
> >
> 5. BULL----!
> > 4. HS grads can become histotechs with relative ease (so why the
> > education requirement?).
> >
> 4. Same as above about education-ditto.
> > 3. Kitchen help in the hospital can be trained in only one day to 
> cut and
> > stain H&E slides.
> >
> 3. WRONG-it takes 6 months to a full year to become profiicient in 
> cutting
> all types of tissue and to learn to trouble shoot all kinds of 
> tissue
> problems.
> > 2. There is a shortage of histotechs and with no incentives being
> > offered, that means those that remain will be worked to death 
> before help
> > arrives.
> > 2.  Proabably true unfortunately. So true.  But your attitude isnt 
> helping
> the profession is it?
> > and are you all ready  for this. Drum Roll Please! The No. 1 
> reason for
> > not letting your children grow up to be Histotechs.
> > 1.  Says who?  the Histotech gods?  If you beleive all this carp 
> then it
> will be a self fulfilling prophesy in you life. I for one love this 
> field,
> love the work and love the doctors who dx.  If we don't staop 
> thinking like
> you e-mail and spreading this crap around we will go down the tubes.
> HISTOLOGY_love it or leave it Marsha.  You are not doing the field 
> any good
> posting what you just did.  I respect and admire anyone who takes a 
> lowere
> salary and does what they really love and is good at. How about you? 
>  Sales
> is big for compensation I here. Go sell some stains!  Sorry to be ao 
> abrupt
> but your e-mail infuriated me this morning.  Good Luck.
> Sue Becker BS HTL(ASCP)
> Albany, NY 12205

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