update on medical laboratory technologists? (in manhattan)

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ak165 in New York, New York

25 months ago

I've worked in a lab before but not a hospital one. I'd like to know if anyone knows anything about the nature of the work, environment, people, stand/sit all day? Worth it? not worth it? What are some other places you can work other than the hospital and what is the nature of the work?
I've been thinking about going back to school in nyc then getting a job once i'm done with the exam (or do I work first then take the exam?)
Thanks!

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New York Mets in new york, New York

25 months ago

Every lab is different in regards to management and people, etc. One thing for sure is you are very much like a factory worker, things will tend to get repetitive after a few years. However, it won't feel that way if you apply what you have learn to the things you do, and always strive to aim higher.(take the specialist exam, go to grad school, become supervisor, etc.)
You will mostly sit all day.Salary is good, but you won't be able to afford to rent a place by yourself in the nice areas of manhattan.
You can work in private labs, but all of them are in new jersey.
Definitely take the exam as soon as possible, but get a limited permit as backup if you fail the first time. The limited permit in NY only lasts one year, so you must pass the exam by then, or you will have to resign as per state law.

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ak165 in New York, New York

25 months ago

Do hospitals like to stick the entry level workers in the midnight shift? Do they have those seats with no backs or are they regular chairs? When do I take the exam and which exams do I take?

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New York Mets in new york, New York

25 months ago

It is true, especially in NY, most entry level jobs are evening and overnight shifts. As in the type of chairs, it varies from place to place, i have seen labs that have chairs with no backs and where they have. You usually take the exam within the 3 month period you applied for , when you have an expected graduation date. In NY, there is only one exam to take.

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laberic in New York, New York

25 months ago

At my hospital most of the jobs are day shift (with the exception of overtime evenings and nights which they may ask you to work, but it's usually voluntary). There are two postitons open right now and they are both day shift...most of the people have little to no experience and a new grad has just as much of a chance at the job as someone with experience. Management there loves to hire new grads because they come into the job with no bad habits from a previous job.
The chairs are normal office chairs. Some of the labs require more standing, but most allow you to sit for most of the day. The one thing about labs is that, no matter what type of lab it is (manual or automated), you will have to be up and down all day...it's not a desk job. It's good work and the pay is pretty good as well. Find a hospital that pays well and the job is worth the pay...especially when you factor in the benefits.

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Lets go Eli in Brooklyn, New York

25 months ago

The hospital I work at has one of the biggest labs in Manhattan. Bottom line is, it's like a factory job. Ton load of work comes in, you process it, then result it. That's the entire 8 hr shift basically. There's a chair for everyone that is resulting.

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medlabtalk in Fair Lawn, New Jersey

25 months ago

Every lab is different like everyone is saying,but the problem with NY not everyone is ASCP. NY STATE Grandfathered workers into the hospital laboratories up to certain time.Now Hospitals won't hire you unless you have ACSP or in process of getting one. Working with non ASCP members is a challenge because they do not fully understand the role. If you have coworkers like this, you know what I mean. There are execptions, to the few non ASCP senior techs that have been working over 15-20 years, they are the best.

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bob in Brooklyn, New York

25 months ago

laberic in New York, New York said: At my hospital most of the jobs are day shift (with the exception of overtime evenings and nights which they may ask you to work, but it's usually voluntary). There are two postitons open right now and they are both day shift...most of the people have little to no experience and a new grad has just as much of a chance at the job as someone with experience. Management there loves to hire new grads because they come into the job with no bad habits from a previous job.
The chairs are normal office chairs. Some of the labs require more standing, but most allow you to sit for most of the day. The one thing about labs is that, no matter what type of lab it is (manual or automated), you will have to be up and down all day...it's not a desk job. It's good work and the pay is pretty good as well. Find a hospital that pays well and the job is worth the pay...especially when you factor in the benefits.

how much money do you make ?

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Ak165 in New York, New York

25 months ago

Lets go Eli in Brooklyn, New York said: The hospital I work at has one of the biggest labs in Manhattan. Bottom line is, it's like a factory job. Ton load of work comes in, you process it, then result it. That's the entire 8 hr shift basically. There's a chair for everyone that is resulting.

Good to know. When I studied in lab classes there were never seats (hence why I ask) and I really don't want to get stuck with the night shift. Any idea what a starting salary in NYC can look like? Last time I negotiated my salary (in a different setting), I got screwed over a few thousand a year :( so I don't want to sell myself short. Is there a dress code as well? (No sandals? Glasses must be on, pants, etc)

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