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Due to the State of Illinois “Stay at Home” executive order, the physical NAACLS office is closed for the foreseeable future. NAACLS Staff will still be working full time remotely and our goal is that no one will see any disruptions. 

Effective immediately, NAACLS will only be accepting electronic submissions of materials. Mailed in submissions of jump drives, or hard copies will not be accepted. Electronic submissions through cloud based services (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc) as well as email submissions will be accepted. 

We are aware that accreditation self-studies are due April 1st. If we have not acknowledged receipt of materials but your self-study was mailed in, please ask the appropriate staff person if they have been received. If not, we will accept documentation hosted in your/your institution’s accounts in the cloud.  NAACLS staff is researching other options for electronic submission of materials. We will have an update for you next week.

Payments can be sent to:

NAACLS

27321 Network Place

Chicago, IL  60673

Please note there will be a link to pay in your annual invoices. We will not be able to process checks sent to our office address.

If you have questions regarding this issue or others, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

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NAACLS continues to follow CDC Guidelines and is monitoring the situation. Please see the following Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html.

Programs with scheduled site visits at institutions or regions that are closed or under travel bans are to inform NAACLS immediately to discuss options.

Volunteers who are scheduled to conduct a site visit should contact NAACLS immediately if there is reason to suspect they have been exposed to COVID 19 or if their employer or regional authorities have banned or discouraged travel.

At this time, NAACLS continues with the current site visit schedule if NOT notified of deterents by either program directors or site visit volunteers.

 

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NAACLS is following CDC Guidelines and monitoring the situation. Please see the following Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html .

Current Programs/Students:

If the program can continue to meet NAACLS’ Standards, it is within the purview of the sponsoring institution and clinical sites to choose the course of action based on their established protocols.  NAACLS requires programs to develop a plan of action for remedy  in the event of program closure or other situation whereby students’ completion of the program is delayed or impossible.

Programs scheduled for Spring 2020 Site Visits:

If individuals have been exposed to the virus or are coming from institutions/areas that are closed/under travel advisories and are scheduled for a site visit, they are to inform NAACLS immediately.  If programs have closed due to the virus and are scheduled for a site visit, they are also to contact their program services contact as soon as possible. At this time, NAACLS has made no changes in the current schedule.

Thank you,

NAACLS

By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

NAACLS will conduct a new workshop titled, “Get Excited About Not Being Cited – The Insiders’ Edition of Commonly Cited Standards,” on February 27, 2020, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Orlando, FL (in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC)). The workshop will include a continental breakfast and working lunch.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the work and data collection done by the NAACLS Board of Directors. Current committee members, Dawn Tripolino and Dale Telgenhoff, synthesized the Board work and will provide an exclusive look at what these data identify as the most frequent citations. Ms. Tripolino and Dr. Telgenhoff will present detailed strategies to assist program directors avoid these frequent pitfalls.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the overall accreditation/approval processes leading up to potential citation
  2. Related the use of the NAACLS Standards and Compliance Guide to the process
  3. Identify the most commonly cited Standards
  4. Analyze and discuss sample citations
  5. Identify ways to avoid citations by utilizing the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources

Dawn Tripolino, MBA, MT(ASCP), is Program Director of the MLS Program at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Tripolino is a Phlebotomy Educator and Vice Chair of the NAACLS Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC). Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, HTL(ASCP)cm, is Associate Professor, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Telgenhoff is a HT Educator on the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/20. The fee is $350/person if you register between 1/11/20 to 2/12/20).

Please visit www.naacls.org  for more information and to register (payment and registration is separate from the CLEC). We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!

 

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NAACLS is seeking candidates for our Programs Review Committees. The following positions will be open for nomination in 2019:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Two Year Educator (must be employed by a two year college but not primarily involved with clinical laboratory sciences)

ASCP Representative – 2

NSH Representative – 1

REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR ACCREDITED PROGRAMS (RCAP)

Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Educator – 2

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Educator – 1

Diagnostic Molecular Scientist (DMS) Educator – 1

Cytogenetic Technologist (CG) Educator – 1

Pathology Assistant Practitioner – 1

Histotechnician/Histotechnologist (HT/HTL) Educator– 1

PROGRAM APPROVAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (PARC)

Phlebotomy Educator – 2

Clinical Assistant Educator – 1

Doctoral Review Committee (DRC)

Doctoral Level Clinical Laboratory Educator – 1

MLS Graduate Faculty – 1

Information on eligibility and responsibilities for the positions, along with Candidate Fact Sheets for those seeking nominations, are available here – membership application.

Nominations, which should include completed Candidate Fact Sheets and CV’s, need to be sent to the NAACLS office by January 15th, 2020. Nominations may emailed to Mark Spence, Volunteer Services Manager, or sent via mail to 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. Submitted nominations will be forwarded for a vote to the NAACLS Board of Directors in April 2020.

NAACLS has reached its capacity for the November 8th workshop, therefore at this time we will not be accepting new registrants.

For those who have already signed up for the NAACLS workshop, you should have already received a confirmation of your registration from NAACLS Staff. We are still processing payments, which should be finished  by the end of next week.

If you wish to confirm NAACLS has received your registration, please contact Michele Stevenson at the office, 773.714.8880.

As we’ve done in the past, we will be offering a pre-CLEC workshop in February. Keep an eye on the NAACLS News for details on that workshop in the coming months

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[Editor’s note – September is a busy month here for the NAACLS staff. We are days away from our annual face to face Board of Directors, we are starting a busy time for site visits, all the while receiving self-studies and beginning another new cycle. Not only is it a busy time for NAACLS staff, but it is an especially busy time for NAACLS volunteer reviewers. With this in mind, we are offering a week of content focused on our volunteer reviewers. If you wish to become a NAACLS volunteer, you can find more information here.]

As the Chair of the Site Visit Process review committee from 2015-2018, I had the pleasure of working with an excellent team of professionals and have reviewed hundreds of site visit related evaluations.  For the past 20 years, I myself have been on more than 40 site visits covering 4 disciplines(CLS, DMS, CG, and PA). These experiences have been mostly very positive, but there were also some lessons that I had to learn along the way.  In the next few paragraphs, I will try to share some of the tricks-of-the-trade with you.  

Over those three years, we looked at the data presented from our post site visit surveys and used the feedback from those surveys to hone in on areas to improve. Allow me to digress briefly and advocate for the evaluations you receive from NAACLS as a reviewer and a program director. Our processes are under constant assessment, relying heavily on the feedback we get from our volunteers and program directors. It is crucial that all evaluations be completed thoughtfully and thoroughly for our processes to improve. 

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