[Histonet] It's getting cold in here....

Morken, Timothy Timothy.Morken at ucsf.edu
Thu Jul 28 14:26:00 CDT 2016

Seems like nurses would have enough to do already!  I wonder if this is aimed at physician labs where they may have a nurse but no lab tech...

California requirement for RN BS degree require only  one quarter of microbiology with lab, and one quarter of basic chemistry with lab. And 3 anatomy/physiology quarter courses

Tim Morken
Pathology Site Manager, Parnassus 
Supervisor, Electron Microscopy/Neuromuscular Special Studies
Department of Pathology
UC San Francisco Medical Center


-----Original Message-----
From: Terri Braud via Histonet [mailto:histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:06 PM
To: 'histonet at lists.utsouthwestern.edu'
Subject: [Histonet] It's getting cold in here....

If you've not been made aware before now, be warned.  The Department of Veterans affairs (DVA) has proposed a rule that would authorize any Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to not only order and interpret lab tests, but also to perform, supervise, and direct lab testing.  The rule follows lab personnel requirement changes enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that say that a bachelor's or associate's degree in nursing is sufficient  to perform high complexity lab testing.
With a nod to nursing degrees that I'm sure prepare a nurse extremely well for nursing, there is no way that a nursing degree can adequately prepare a person to perform complex laboratory testing.  Unless your state has technologist licensure, and few do,  get prepared for nurses running the lab, and lab tests.  And where will that leave the histologist technician?  I'm guessing out in the cold.

Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
Holy Redeemer Hospital
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA 19046
ph: 215-938-3689
fax: 215-938-3874

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