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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 ...
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NSH's new QLS Prep Course, available on elearn.nsh.org , is designed to prepare you for the ASCP qualification in laboratory safety exam. The course includes a resource library, knowledge check questions, and 5 hours of webinar instruction on the laboratory safety exam topics outlined by ASCP, including Management, General Safety, Chemical Safety, Biohazard Control, and Physical Environment. With modules on chemical classifications, labeling, waste management, decontamination of equipment, and regulatory agencies, this course is the perfect overview of laboratory safety. It is great for: Training new staff Ensuring lab compliance with best practices ...
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By Leslie Johnston, HT (ASCP) I’m a career ASCP certified Clinical Medical Technologist and in 2002, life threw me a curveball. With that curveball came a fantastic opportunity to work in a Research Histopathology Lab. After several years of becoming proficient at necropsy, histotechniques, IHC and special stains, to name a few, and being backed by the knowledgeable, experienced histologists, I sat for my HT (ASCP), passed and immediately joined NSH in 2009 to take advantage of available career advancing educational opportunities and to meet ASCP qualifications for continued HT certification. In the Fall of 2019, the opportunity was offered to me to attend ...
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Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission deadline for the Special Issue on Methods of Validating Histochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, In-situ Hybridization and Multiplexing has been extended to September 1, 2020 .  We understand that the histopathology community has faced significant challenges as result of the pandemic. This special issue is an excellent opportunity to provide the readership with detailed approaches to validating not only traditional methods but also emerging technologies (immunofluorescent and chromogenic multiplexing, mixed multiplexing, multispectral imaging and NanoString). There have been several retractions from other high profile ...
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Complete NSH's 3rd COVID-19 Survey to help us track the change in histology employment over the course of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Survey closes July 24th!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WYT5TB
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Registration for NSH's Virtual Symposium/Convention is now open! The NSH Annual Symposium/Convention forms the largest educational event of its kind working to advance and promote the histology profession. The Virtual Convention allows YOU to take advantage of over 60 sessions to advance your knowledge, earn CEUs, and connect with others from all over the world. Registration Pricing: Registration includes access to over 60 CEUs, yoga sessions, digital posters, virtual exhibit hall, and more! Register now! Members: Early Bird (Until August 14): $399                       Standard Rate: $499 Non-Members: Early Bird (Until August 14): $549         ...
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Check out NSH's new and improved Online Learning Center, elearn.nsh.org ! The new e-learning center is a centralized location for all of NSH's digital education , including free member resources like checklists, troubleshooting guides, and templates you can use in your day-to-day lab work.  You'll also find our full library of online courses in the  CEU catalog , including exam prep courses, on-demand webinars and our Certificate of Completion programs.   The new elearn.nsh.org is integrated with your nsh.org account, which means you will only need one login to access courses, track your continuing education hours, and renew your membership .
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In May, NSH started a survey project with the aim of determining how COVID-19 had impacted employment for the histology profession. We have recently completed the second iteration of that survey. This second survey digs deeper into the reasons behind travel restrictions, and adds an option for having returned to work, to the question regarding lay-offs and furloughs. You can read the full results of the second survey here
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National Society for Histotechnology Announces Cancellation of Face-to-Face 2020 Annual Symposium/Convention in Reno, NV Due to COVID-19     Ellicott City, MD – The National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)  announced today it will cancel its in-person 2020 Annual Symposium/Convention , scheduled  for  October 16 – 21, 2020 , in Reno, NV due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.       After careful discussion on all aspects of our  Annual   Symposium/Convention  with our colleagues at the Reno Convention and Visitors  Bureau  and the  Silver Legacy Hotel , we made the difficult decision ...
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On May 11, 2020 NSH published a survey to our histology community asking them to answer a few questions, to help us gauge the impact that COVID has had on their workload. When we closed the survey on May 22nd, we had received 704 responses from members and non-members alike; from the United States and abroad. Click here to read the results.  We are now opening the second iteration of this survey , with some additional questions, so we can continue to monitor conditions in the histology laboratories, as many states begin to ease shelter in place restrictions. We plan to release a few more iterations of this survey in the coming months as conditions continue ...
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When:    Jul 13-17, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET) 5 Days, 5 Great Webinars - just in time for summer!  You can register for all five, or select a la carte.  Lab pricing also available.  Click here to register and learn more .  Monday, July 13: To Waste or Not to Waste Tuesday, July 14: The Pitfalls of Over-Engineering: Recognizing and Rectifying The Problems We Created Wednesday, July 15: Fix It or Forget It!!! Thursday, July 16: Can the Use of the More Esoteric Antibodies Aid in Optimizing the Diagnosis for the Patient? Friday, July 17: Remembering Why: A Review Of Patient Case Studies Single Registrant ...
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We hope that this message finds you healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. The Journal of Histotechnology would like to inform the readership that the manuscript submission deadline for this year’s special issue on Methods of Validating Histochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, In-situ Hybridization and Multiplexing Assays is still July 1 2020 . The call for manuscripts description follows: In this era of molecular-based medicine, optimization and validation of histological assays is vital for insuring assay reproducibility. The biomedical research community is constantly introducing new antibodies and probes in order to detect and identify target ...
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NSH is offering a limited time package containing 4 webinars, worth 4 CEUs credits for $40. Webinars in the package include:  Analyzing Tumor Cells for PD-L1 by IHC CAP Inspection, Now What? Histopathology and the CSI Effect It's Just a Hematoxylin and Eosin Stain, Why is It So Hard to Get Right? Click here to purchase.
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This year NSH was able to award five Student Scholarships! We would like to congratulate all our winners, as well as wish a special thank you to Newcomer Supply, Sakura Finetek, USA, Epredia, and Avantik for their gracious sponsorships!    Winners of the 2020 Student Scholarship Awards   NSH Student Scholarship Danielle Hood   Avantik Student Scholarship Kyleigh Holm   Irwin S. Learner Student Scholarship sponsored by Epredia Sue Jackson   Newcomer Supply Student Scholarship Esequiel Vivas-Valdez   Sakura Finetek USA Student Scholarship Taylor Turner   Congratulations to all the winners
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NSH has put together a page of reliable Covid-19 resources for histotechnologists, available on NSH's website . This page will be consistently updated to include the latest news and research about the virus, as well as histology specific information such as disinfection best practices.
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The Art of the Stain Contest is back! Submit your beautiful, unique, fun looking stains to the Art of the Stain contest by April 23rd. NSH members will vote on their favorite stain on April 24th to close out Lab Week. The winner of the contest receives a free NSH membership and their stain will be used as the logo for Histology Professionals Day 2021.
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Dear Histology Colleagues, As part of the National Society for Histotechnology’s recently adopted mission of shaping the future of histotechnology through a global community of professionals committed to educating, advocating and driving patient quality, we regularly host an Annual Symposium/Convention and in person-seminars. These meetings are essential opportunities to build personal and professional connections and learn hands-on histotechnology techniques. However, as a health-care related society, we are also committed to the health and safety of our members, and we are always vigilant about monitoring the local conditions where these events are held. ...
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NSH’s workload study, comparing productivity, blocks per year, and job function by staff type for various types of hospitals, is now available in the Journal of Histotechnology. Click here to read. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01478885.2020.172767
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The 2019 Coronavirus epidemic, provisionally called 2019-nCoV, was first identified in Wuhan, China, in persons exposed to a seafood or wet market. There is an international push to contain the virus and prevent its spread. It is feasible that potentially infectious samples may be received in histopathology laboratories for diagnosis. This technical note presents disinfection procedures and histotechnology processes that should alleviate the risk of infection to laboratory staff. Using data obtained from similar coronaviruses, e.g. severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), experts are confident that 70% ethanol and ...
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NSH now offers an online HTL Prep Course for those studying to take the HTL exam.  This course is designed as an add on module to the HT Prep Course - it’s focus are specific topics covered on the HTL certification exam. It is especially helpful for those that are taking the exam through the on-the-job training route. Discussion will include exam content, study material and resources available to help with the studying process. The course will also explain the concept of computer adaptive testing and time will be spent discussing exam taking strategies. Review topics include Advanced Immunohistochemistry, Electron Microscopy, Enzyme Histochemistry and Education ...
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