Cytology Department Organizational Structure
I am looking for information regarding departmental organizational structure. My lab uses a central processing accessioning area with rotating path techs to do the actual processing. Adequate training and personnel availability is always an issue. The cytology supervisor (termed Technical Specialist) has "oversight" responsibility for the techs doing the gyn and non-gyn processing but not supervisory responsibility. These people are often responsible for tasks and responsibilities other than cytology related. This occurs during the same shift on a daily basis. Scheduling is done by the path tech supervisor (a PA who also oversees the path department IT function and must cover grossing duties).
I have never encountered this particular situation before. We move from one crisis to the next. Does anyone out there have information about recommended org structures where the processing people report to the cytology supervisor. Cytology, at my facility, is considered just one "section" of Anatomic Pathology and not a department in and of itself.
Non-gyn TAT's are suffering as are numerous quality issues. It's almost impossible to enact lasting changes let alone make improvements. Any help out there. I need to get this model changed.