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The NSH Board of Directors signed on to a coalition letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative coordinated by the American Dental Association and the American Society for Clinical Pathology requesting CDC clarification that non-physical laboratory staff is covered under the Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccine rollout.  We are pleased to announce that on January 21 st , we received an official response to the coalition letter asking for clarification about dental, laboratory, and autopsy personnel being among the health care providers recommended for inclusion in Phase 1a.  The good news is that CDC confirmed that dental offices and medical ...
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It’s not too late to register your lab for the January Laboratory Webinar, next Wednesday, January 27 th at 1PM EST! In this session, we will debunk some processing myths, review the purpose and function of the common steps and reagents in tissue processing, and finally break down the anatomy of a protocol and learn how to evaluate a protocol for opportunities for improvement using the GREAT method. Your entire lab can attend the webinar and earn 1 CEU! Register Now!
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Get Your Histology Professionals Day Shirts Every March 10 th the histology community celebrates Histology Professionals Day, a day dedicated to honoring the contributions that histologists make to patient care from behind the scenes. This year, HPD t-shirts will be sold through NSH's CafePress store. You can purchase t-shirts, plus other HPD logo items, including magnets, masks, waterbottles, and more, on NSH's marketplace for your lab’s HPD celebration. https://www.cafepress.com/nshmarketplace/15067622
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Digital pathology is only going to become more important in the future. Is your lab ready? If you're implementing a digital pathology solution you can't miss this certificate program covering key topics histotechs need to know including equipment validation, digital image analysis, workflow considerations and more. https://feathr.nsh.org/sqclbkxi
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You're invited! Join fellow NSH members for the first ever Virtual Happy Hour, January 21 at 6PM ET via Zoom. Meet histotechs from around the world and show off your trivia skills in this interactive event. This is free to attend, but you must register to attend! #ns4histotech #virtualhappyhour https://www.nsh.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=4fbd9977-993d-4a12-825b-6b281bc92d1e&Home=%2fevents%2fcalendar
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The end of 2020 is fast approaching (thank goodness!), but that means there are only two more weeks before December 31st! We know there’s already a lot to do, but here are two things you absolutely need to check off your pre-holiday to-do list! Subscribe your lab to the 2021 Laboratory Webinar Series: New pricing on the lab webinar series has made it more affordable than ever to provide your entire lab with CEUs (12 of them in fact!) in 2021. The program includes a broad range of topics including assay development, cryo-fluorescence, and the impact of COVID-19 on digital pathology. Early bird pricing ends 12/31 so don’t wait to subscribe! Click here to see ...
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CMS is scheduled to cut Medicare payments by double digits starting January 1, 2021. Specifically, the proposed 10.6% cut to the Conversion Factor will affect dermatopathologists in a devastating way.   Thankfully, Congress is listening. The American Medical Association’s Physicians Grassroots Network reported in previous alerts that bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House to address these concerns. Now, a group of Senators led by Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate. The “Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act” (H.R. 8702/S. 5007) would freeze payments at 2020 rates for services ...
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Check out NSH's new podcast series, Advice from a Histology Recruiter. Pam Barker, of RELIA Solutions shares tips on topics like advocating for yourself, getting the right education, and diversifying your resume. https://nshpodcasts.podbean.com/
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NSH is looking for holiday themed photos to include in our holiday photo montage! Send us photos of your work team in their holiday garb, your family spreading holiday cheer, or even just some great decorations or themed slides from your lab. We want to see how you're celebrating this season! Click here to submit your photos! https://forms.gle/U2RHubVGetfeMeSk9
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It's now more affordable than ever to provide continuing education to your laboratory with new pricing on the Laboratory Webinar Series! Each employee can earn 12 CEUs and gain valuable knowledge in a variety of cutting edge topics, for one low cost for the entire lab. Subscribe by Dec. 31 to take advantage of the early bird discount! Labs with 10 or Less $699; Labs with 11+ $899. https://feathr.nsh.org/zphkynhs
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The histology community is global, but unfortunately, it is not easy for everyone to get connected! Here’s how you can help! When you join as an Enhanced Education member between now and Dec 18th, NSH will donate an Enhanced Education Membership to a histologist in Africa. As a member, you both will have access to a library of education, plus the ability to connect online with a community of peers for troubleshooting and improved patient diagnosis. https://feathr.nsh.org/lhkzcmrj
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Interested in getting more involved in NSH? We are searching for micro-volunteers interested in contributing to two small projects this month. First, NSH is looking for holiday themed photos to include in our holiday photo montage! Send us photos of your work team in their holiday garb, your family spreading holiday cheer, or even just some great decorations or themed slides from your lab. Second, If you have a story from a patient, or a time when you were able to see the impact of your work, we would love for you to share it with us so we can make the great work our members do, more visible. https://feathr.nsh.org/oanglgce
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Looking for holiday gifts for colleagues? NSH's CafePress store features NSH logo items, as well as items with the 2021 Histology Professionals Day logo stain, an immunofluorescence cerebellum stain, submitted by the Gomez Lab from University of Chicago. Show off your histology pride with everything from magnets, water bottles, t-shirts and face masks. Shop now for Black Friday! https://www.cafepress.com/nshmarketplace/15067622
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Over 200 histologists like you have already upgraded to NSH’s new Enhanced Education Membership! Enhanced Education Membership includes all the benefits of Core Membership PLUS unlimited access to a library of over 70 webinars, accepted by PACE, CE Broker, and ASCP for continuing education credit! At just $139, this is the most affordable way to get all of the credits you need to maintain certification, and increase your knowledge in cutting edge histology topics. https://feathr.nsh.org/uytlplhq
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NSH’s 2021 Laboratory Webinar Series provides your entire lab with 12 hours of continuing education, accepted by PACE, CE Broker, and ASCP. There is something for everyone, with monthly topics covering general anatomic pathology, IHC, laboratory operations, and digital imaging. Subscribe for the whole series by December 31st for the biggest discount! https://feathr.nsh.org/zkuimmpj
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This webinar will focus on troubleshooting artifacts that show up on H&E stained slides. There are so many variables in Histology that can lead to staining artifacts. It can take days, weeks and even months to resolve an issue. Patience is a virtue. Using specific examples, Nicole Anne Konop Leon, HTL(ASCP), BS, will show stained slide artifacts and explain the process used to come to a resolution. After this webinar you will have a better understanding of troubleshooting and will know where to begin the next time a staining artifact shows up on your H&E slide. Register now!
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Many stressors plague us in the laboratory, with some leading to burnout, but there is hope in reducing or eliminating stress by understanding the cause and developing appropriate interventions. Our bodies adapt to stress in three stages: alarm (flight or fight response), resistance (handling only one stress at a time), and exhaustion (burnout). Stressors are physical or psychological demands placed upon an individual that result in a negative strain. Common physical stressors include environmental temperature or humidity, noise levels, uncontrollable noises, lighting levels, job pace, workload, hours worked, or even the work shift. Think of all the timers and ...
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The concept behind silver staining, the recognition that silver nitrate can stain organic substances, dates back to the 12th century, but it wasn’t until the mid-late 19th century that silver nitrate becomes more widely used in science. It is around this time that silver nitrate is utilized in photographic development and it slowly is tested for use in histological staining. By the 1970’s, Kerenyi and Gallyas, generally credited with the origin of the silver stain, begin using it from observation of proteins in gels. Camillo Golgi is generally credited with adapting silver staining for use in the central nervous system. Continue Reading .
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NSH's Laboratory Webinar Series for 2021 is here with its best pricing ever! The Laboratory Webinar Series is a perfect way for your entire staff to earn the CEUs they need at one low price! Subscribe by Dec. 31 to take advantage of early-bird discounts on the entire series!
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Why I Became an Enhanced Education Member By: Andre Zamorano My career in histology has provided me with many opportunities. Along the way, I have found that education and the pursuit of knowledge have helped me in many ways. As a member of the Board of Directors of NSH, I also understand the importance of the innovative educational programs and courses that are being offered by the association. That is why I’m so excited to be able to renew my membership at the Enhanced Education membership level! The Enhanced Education membership level  provides me with unlimited access to over 70 histology-focused, on-demand webinars which have been approved for ...
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