RE: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

From:"Douglas D Deltour"

Good techs are hard to find and keeping them is even harder. It is all about
supply and demand. What I see happening is that good techs are offered
better wages at other local facilities. When more than one facility has an
opening then it turns into a bidding war. In smaller towns/communities we
all know who the good techs are. Word of mouth travels fast. Some
administrators would rather let a good tech go then give them a $1 raise.
Other places are more in tune with things and are offering wages that are
higher than the local norm (which still below norm). 
If you hire someone and train them offering the online course then you
better have them sign a "no compete" contract or something of that nature.
If you don't then don't be surprised to see them take the training and then
go to the highest bidder. 

Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)
Histology Manager
Professional Pathology Services, PC
One Science Court
Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29203
Office (803)252-1913
Fax (803)254-3262 
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Vickroy, Jim
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:15 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

Like a lot of hospitals we have been unable to find qualified applicants for
a histotech position.  We are at least exploring other options.  One of the
options include hiring someone with a biological background and enrolling
them in an on-line histotech training program.  After completion of the
program the applicant would take the certification examination.    There are
a few schools out there that have full time programs but many individuals
are not in a position to take six months off to attend them without
receiving a weekly paycheck.  In addition my experience has been that these
schools only take a small amount of applicants each session.  So with more
positions than students has anyone else come up with a creative way to train
and hire histotechs and any suggestions to on-line programs that have been

Jim Vickroy
Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology
Memorial Medical Center

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