Re: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You

From:"Joe Nocito"

Why do I feel like we're doing the Texas Two Step here? Let's support Pam in 
this and as soon as I'm able to, I also will pick up my sword in defense.=20
Besides, y'all know how I like to stir things up

Joe Nocito BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pam marcum" 
To: 
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2005 1:17 PM
Subject: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You


>
>
> Good Morning,
>
>
>
> I have just returned from the NSH meeting. I was surprised to find out the
> Histology Assistant or HA category recently presented to the NSH board and
> refused with a letter is moving forward. No one had told the general
> membership 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 the
> education rules set in place to understand what this new registry will be
> and how it will affect us as professionals. This is an aid position that 
> is
> OJT (on the job training) and will mean the pathologist, hospital or other
> private histology laboratory will be able to avoid having more than
> registered HT or HTL in the laboratory. The fully registered HT or HTL can
> then be used as the supervisor or manager and responsible for all the HAs
> work. This will aid in maintaining the lower pay scale we currently enjoy
> and help prevent us raising our overall image as professionals.
>
>
>
> Please find out more about this and respond to the ASCP/BOR with comments
> about this new category. The only way any of us will be heard is to let=20
> ASCP
> know what we think and I hope many of you will join me in letting them 
> know
> we do not want to go back to the 1960s and 70s when we were all OJT and=20
> the
> pay is still reflecting it. (By the way I was OJT and have worked hard to
> improve my skills since then) We have worked hard for over thirty years to
> begin to be recognized as professionals not just techs! DO NOT let this=20
> stop
> us now so the pathologists at ASCP and AMA can continue to treat Histology
> as minor part of the laboratory. Histology has changed and will continue 
> to
> make strides forward that require more education not less.
>
>
>
> The board of NSH did send a letter to the ASCP and tell them they would=20
> not
> approve this category. It is a personal feeling however, I think the Board
> of NSH should have notified the membership about this immediately, as a
> letter is not sufficient to protect us or respond as members of both NSH 
> and
> ASCP. 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 
> to
> request a Task Force to see if there is way to get histologists (HT and=20
> HTL)
> working for the federal government recognized as professionals and here we
> have a new way with the HA registry to keep us status quo. By the time the
> task 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.)
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> Pam Marcum
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