Facebook Page Supports Personnel Licensure
Over the years I have written many articles about clinical laboratory personnel licensure, including several blogs like this one.
I continue to believe that licensure is necessary for protection of the public's health as well as our scope of practice as a profession.
The feeling is not as simplistic or as selfish as licensure means immediate increased pay. However, the converse is true; pay will always be depressed if unlicensed personnel can legally practice what is a very specific profession of educated professionals using a very distinct body of knowledge.
A Facebook group dedicated to addressing the issue of personnel licensure has been launched recently. Spearheaded by Tymm Brown, MLS, a generalist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, the page is already receiving positive feedback.
In Brown's words, "This group is for laboratory professionals (and the friends of laboratory professionals) to discuss laboratory personnel licensure, why it is needed, and to share information on the progress as many states are taking steps towards this worthy goal. Think about this, if the person who gives you a haircut or hairstyle has a license, you would probably want the person who lets up units of blood on a trauma patient or performs several diagnostic tests (tests which 80% of the time affects a doctor's diagnosis and treatment) to be licensed as well."
The question of licensure has been long-debated and continues to create spirited discussion among laboratorians. Organizations which were adamantly anti-licensure for whatever reason have largely moderated their position to some degree.
The page provides links to the main professional organizations' stance on personnel licensure and will also aim to give update on the licensure efforts of different states.
This page is definitely worth visiting.