S/C Learning Snippets - Equipment Validation – Clinical & GLP (WS84)

July 24, 2018

Speaker: Jeremey Johnston

Workshop Abstract

Do you validate your equipment in your laboratory before subjecting it to testing patient samples? If you don’t, you will definitely want to attend this class for some practical ways of implementing this at your facility. If you are already doing equipment validations, hats off to you. Wouldn’t you like to improve upon what you are already doing though? We will discuss the role and purpose of equipment validations and the rationale and place for a revalidation versus simply doing the routine maintenance and calibrations. You will receive several practical forms and SOPs to help guide you in this process from labs around the world. It’s never too late to implement high standards at your facility and this is a great place to start! When you do decide to validate new equipment, what role can the vendor play in helping you? What role should they play? Regardless of where you’re at in your career, this lecture will hopefully engage you and provide you with some real life practical applications for instilling confidence in the equipment you use on a day-to-day basis.

Visit www.histoconvention.org for more information!

Poster Presenting Advice

June 13, 2018

Ever thought about presenting a scientific poster but aren't sure where to start?  Check out this great advice from Tim Karpishin, a 2017 NSH Poster Winner! You can submit your poster by visiting: http://www.histoconvention.org/posters.cfm.  Want to hear the entire intreview for this amazing poster?  Check it out here: https://nshpodcasts.podbean.com/e/p-39-a-simple-method-for-dramatic-reduction-of-tissue-autofluorescence/

Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 6: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

April 27, 2018

Episode Title: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Featuring: Nicole Leon

Nicole’s Advice to New Graduates:  “1. Always be open to new ways of doing things. 2. Don’t be discouraged you know a lot more than you think you know.  3. Never stop learning!”

Episode Description: In this episode, Nicole Leon, Histology Team Lead at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, discusses the unique work associated with a children’s hospital, and shares the program her lab developed to award continuing education dollars to its staff.


Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 5: Regions Hospital

April 26, 2018

Episode Title: Regions Hospital

Featuring: Jennifer Schumacher and Paula Overn

Traits Jennifer and Paula Look For in a New Hire: “Someone who is detail oriented is something we really look for because of the number of things that can go wrong. We like someone to be passionate that really enjoys what they’re doing and is not just there to get a paycheck.”

Episode Description: In this episode, Jennifer Schumacher and Paula Overn, from Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, talk about the many benefits their lab offers, from employee massages to career development courses, and how these programs have helped Regions Hospital stand out from the many other healthcare systems in the Twin Cities Metro area.

Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 4: University of Texas Medical Branch

April 25, 2018

Episode Title: University of Texas Medical Branch

Featuring: Amy Davis

Amy’s Career Advice: “There are so many options for people who want to be a histotechs, whether it’s a private lab, university, hospital setting, or even specialty laboratories, so its just the person understanding what they like and exploring the options available”

Episode Description: In this episode, Amy Davis, from University of Texas Medical Branch discusses the impact of Hurricane Harvey on her lab, and shares her own story of how she became a histotech, and the many opportunities that are available for advancement within the histology field.

Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 3: Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System

April 24, 2018

Episode Title: Bridgeport Hospital, Yale Newhaven Health System

Featuring: Angela McNabola

Angela’s Career Advice: “I need my employees to be champions of what they want to do in their career. I have folks interested in cross training, I do whatever I can to engage that and move that along.”

Episode Description: In this episode, Angela McNabola, from Bridgeport Hospital discusses how she encourages her employees to be the “champions of their own careers” by encouraging them to become cross trained in various disciplines and apply for the many management and other training courses offered through the hospital system.

Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 2: ACL Laboratories Wisconsin

April 22, 2018

Episode Title: ACL Laboratories-Wisconsin

Featuring: Janet McKnight

Janet’s Advice for Becoming a Histologist: “I would recommend becoming a lab assistant, we have seen so much success learning that foundation as a lab assistant at the ground level, so they understand what the work would be, so they’re not investing that time in a school before they really know what they want to be.”

Episode Description: In this episode, Janet McKnight, the Director of Anatomic Pathology for Wisconsin ACL Laboratories, discusses how ACL’s training practices have helped them keep their lab staffed, while so many suffer shortages. ACL has been lucky enough to have their own histology school, which has helped them grow their lab assistants into full time histotechs, through the school’s one-year program.

Histology Careers: Job Seeking in the Lab: Episode 1: Johns Hopkins Hospital

April 20, 2018

Episode Title: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Featuring: Katina Williams Stewart

Katina's Requirements to Work in Histology: "Having that type of personality, where you don’t mind being around people”

Episode Description: In this episode, Katina, the lab manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital, discusses the challenges of working in a large, fast paced laboratory, her struggles retaining qualified staff, and the importance of a good attitude in the workplace.

AwardsCast 2018: Episode 5: Tips for a Winning Application

February 9, 2018

Episode Title: Tips for a Winning Application

Featuring NSH Members: Liz Chlipala

In this episode, NSH Awards Committee Chair, Liz Chlipala, concludes the Awardscast Series, with some insider tips for submitting a winning application.

Click here to learn more about how to apply for NSH's awards and scholarships. 

AwardsCast 2018: Episode 4-Lee Luna Foreign Travel Scholarship

February 8, 2018

Episode Title: Lee Luna Foreign Travel Scholarship

Featuring NSH Members: LaVinia Ray and Debra Wood

In this episode, LaVinia Ray sits down with the 2017 recipient of the Lee Luna Foreign Travel Scholarship, Debbie Wood, to discuss her plans to start a histology lab at a leprosy hospital in Nepal.

Click here to learn more about the Lee Luna Foreign Travel Scholarship!