[Histonet] Rotating shifts...

Vicki Gauch GauchV <@t> mail.amc.edu
Tue Jul 5 12:32:03 CDT 2005

 We have our techs on a set schedule with no rotations as far as hours
are concerned.  We rotate job duties monthly with the flexiblity to
cover techs who are off as needed.  At one point in time, we DID have a
person dedicated solely to our IHC area which ultimately was a big
mistake.  When that person decided to leave, no one had really rotated
through there in quite a while and so all of the little "tweeks" that
had been worked out were not known to anyone except the person leaving. 
Unfortunately, he was not of the mindset to show anyone before he left
which left us in a bit of a jam.  Having learned from that we now have
tech specialists who oversee each area and the techs rotate so that
several people are well trained and up to speed in each part of the lab
at any given time. We do limit the number of people who rotate through
IHC to a few techs and find that the consistency and quality of the
staining has been fine.
Hope that helps,
Albany, NY

>>> Tom McNemar <TMcNemar <@t> lmhealth.org> 7/5/2005 9:25:27 AM >>>
I was wondering if most histo labs use rotating shifts or if people
work the same hours.  Do you have people that just work one shift and
primarily do one job (gross, cut, stain, etc.)?

At full staff we have 4 techs and 3 of them rotate between 2 weeks of
and 1 week of 7:30-4 (surgicals).  I wondered if switching the hours to
straight 7:30 - 4 position might help attract someone.  I was also
that we would have a more consistency/continuity if everyone had a
job/area that they were primarily responsible for.  

All thoughts appreciated.

Tom Mc Nemar HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio 43055

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