[Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 93, Issue 46

D'Attilio, Shelley SDattili <@t> stormontvail.org
Wed Aug 31 12:43:30 CDT 2011

Hi all,
Pam speaks to the real reason we have shortages:  The lack of educational and degree-track programs at colleges and universities across the United States.  As for me, I would love to hire a "shiny" new HT with no practical experience.  We can give him or her that experience in our lab.  We have done it many times before.  What is difficult is to find people with a professional mind-set who have taken it upon themselves to get the necessary education and who see Histology as a career and not something you do while you are waiting to get into med-,vet- or nursing school.

Encouraging professionalism is a priority.  My hospital has what we call a "professional ladder."  It was developed in conjunction with our campaign to become a Magnet hospital under the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  A program for recognition of professional nurses was developed (called the Professional Nurse Contribution Ladder).  It offers the ability to be recognized and rewarded at 3 different levels of accomplishment based on their clinical practice, continuing education, service to the community, etc. Our administration offered the same program to other professional classes in our healthcare system:  laboratorian, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, etc.  The laboratory launched our "Professional Laboratory Contribution Ladder" shortly after nursing went live with their program.  Lab professionals holding certification can apply every two years for one of 3 levels offered, with each level being more difficult than the one before.  I'm proud to say that histotechs that have their HT or HTL certification have been included in that program from the very beginning.  Histotechs are also given funding for educational events on equal footing with all other professionals in our lab.

Shelley D'Attilio MT(ASCP)
Manager, Chemistry, Cytology and Histology
Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Topeka, Kansas

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