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Kim Von Ahsen
Thank you Judy & TN for your continued work.
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This is terrifying
Thanks Judy! Keep on fighting TN! Here is an article I and my coauthors put out in 2015 regarding licensure of medical lab professionals. See: https://www.elsevier.com/connect/almost-anyone-can-perform-your-medical-laboratory-tests-wait-what
As someone who was responsible for a non-CLIA environmental laboratory in Michigan any people we hired straight out of school with a BS were completely nonfunctional in basic competencies, such as quality control, pipetting, dilutions, and integrity concepts. It was very expensive to train these individuals to the basic competency of an MLT, not to mention MLS.
Thank you Dr. Gunsolus
Great job Dr. Gunsolus! Thanks for that resource too!
Brandy, Can you post that link to the UK study here? Thx
John -In a large MLS Facebook group, the sentiment of licensure is just the state taking money, unfortunately. Even in our own profession, it is difficult for individuals to understand the need.
Biz - I have not seen the AMA take a stand one way or the other on lab state licensure.
Blessings ASCLS Family, Vivian Stuart, Charlotte, NC. From NY! I just learned about this ASCLS Zoom meeting on Licensure. I am licensed in NY as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Even though retired, I still keep my license updated. We did use a Lobbyist.
Texas also used a lobbyist back in 2013 timeframe when we thought we had our "best chance"....spent quite a chunk from our state resources.
If you want to be Licensed this is the time! They need you more during this time of Covid-19! Also NY Licensure is under the NY State Department of Education. We did not want to be licensed under the Department of Health.
Brandy's reference: Sutherland K, Leatherman S. Does certification improve medical standards?. BMJ. 2006;333(7565):439-441. doi:10.1136/bmj.38933.377824.802 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1553526/
Blessings Angela, How are you my Friend!!!
Re: NY ... It was a lot of work!
@Angela Robinson I appreciate your comments! So well spoken.
We need to compile a national database of all testing errors so we can use it in licensure efforts
That’s right Angela! We must be firm in our talk. All on the same page. We had a great Lobbyist Team. 1199SEIU was great help!
IN all of our TX attempts, we included "grandfather" clauses to try and control that fear.....