RE: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You

From:"Weems, Joyce"

This is a shock! I don't recall ever hearing of this before. Where did it originate?Thanks for the information.And did everyone have a great time at NSH?JoyceJoyce WeemsPathology ManagerSaint Joseph's Hospital 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342404-851-7376 - Phone404-851-7831 - Fax-----Original Message-----From:[]On Behalf Of pammarcumSent: Friday, September 16, 2005 2:18 PMTo: histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.eduSubject: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You Good Morning, I have just returned from the NSH meeting. I was surprised to find out theHistology Assistant or HA category recently presented to the NSH board andrefused with a letter is moving forward. No one had told the generalmembership of NSH or ASCP or had it been explained to them in full. It is important for those of us who have worked so hard to get the new theeducation rules set in place to understand what this new registry will beand how it will affect us as professionals. This is an aid position that isOJT (on the job training) and will mean the pathologist, hospital or otherprivate histology laboratory will be able to avoid having more thanregistered HT or HTL in the laboratory. The fully registered HT or HTL canthen be used as the supervisor or manager and responsible for all the HA’swork. This will aid in maintaining the lower pay scale we currently enjoyand help prevent us raising our overall image as professionals.  Please find out more about this and respond to the ASCP/BOR with commentsabout this new category. The only way any of us will be heard is to let ASCPknow what we think and I hope many of you will join me in letting them knowwe do not want to go back to the 1960s and 70s when we were all OJT and thepay is still reflecting it. (By the way I was OJT and have worked hard toimprove my skills since then) We have worked hard for over thirty years tobegin to be recognized as professionals not just techs! DO NOT let this stopus now so the pathologists at ASCP and AMA can continue to treat Histologyas minor part of the laboratory. Histology has changed and will continue tomake strides forward that require more education not less.  The board of NSH did send a letter to the ASCP and tell them they would notapprove this category. It is a personal feeling however, I think the Boardof NSH should have notified the membership about this immediately, as aletter is not sufficient to protect us or respond as members of both NSH andASCP. Again, write ASCP/BOR about your feelings if this important to you. Second point Cathy Locallo put a motion forward at the House of Delegates torequest a Task Force to see if there is way to get histologists (HT and HTL)working for the federal government recognized as professionals and here wehave a new way with the HA registry to keep us status quo. By the time thetask force is in place and moving we will be down a rung again. Pamela Marcum (This is a reflection of my opinion not my employer or any other person.)  Pam Marcum_______________________________________________Histonet mailing listHistonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu Notice ** The information contained in this message may be privileged and is confidential information intended for the use of the addressee listed above. If you are neither the intended recipient nor the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message and deleting it from your computer.Thank you. Saint Joseph’s Health System, Inc.

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