[Histonet] Is there anything I can do for you?

Pam Barker relia1 at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 9 10:15:47 CDT 2020

Hi Histonetters,
I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, and you can
take time to enjoy Easter, Passover  and this season with your family.
It seems that things are changing on an almost daily basis.  
I have been monitoring social media - personal connections and histology
related groups on Facebook and LinkedIN and have been staying in touch with
many of my active candidates and customers.
I have gotten a lot of questions about what is going on with the “career”
aspect of histology at this time.
Here is a summary of what I have observed and experienced so far:

Histotechs supporting “non-essential surgeries” i.e. Derm and GI private
• Some are experiencing cuts in hours and/or are using the time to catch up
on backlogs and lab maintenance.
• Many are being furloughed with the expectation of being called back to
work once “the all clear is given”,
• Start dates for new employees are being postponed until further notice.

Traveling Histotechs - Histotechs that are working as contractors
• Most of the travel techs I have heard from have been grounded meaning sent
home until further notice.
• They seem confident that they will be returning to their assignments as
they are looking for prn positions for now.

Hospital based histotechs:
• Some are being furloughed
• Some are having their hours reduced
• Some are job sharing meaning for example if they have a regular staff of 4
techs they take turns 2 at a time working for a week while the other 2 stay
• Some are being used in other areas for example if they have experience in
phlebotomy they are moving to that department.

I can’t really speak to research, academic or pharmaceutical areas as I
haven’t heard much from them.  (Hopefully that’s because they are busy
working on the COVID-19 response.)

What I glean from this and bear in mind this only an opinion on my part
based on what I have heard anecdotally.  It seems that the best case
scenario at this point is there was a shortage of histotechs before the
pandemic and there will be just as great a need after the pandemic in other
words we are just pressing pause.

Just Remember

Things Will Get Better.  
This Will End. 
We Will Return To Our Normal Lives.

In the meantime

Is there anything I can do for you?
Were you actively looking for a new position before this crisis?
Are you someone who is unemployed as opposed to furloughed?
Are you feeling lonely or isolated and just need to hear a friendly voice?
Call Me, 
Text Me,
Email Me,
Or Contact Me through Social Media.

We are all in this together

Looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.


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