Facebook Feedback: First Tests and Best Advice
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We asked Facebook fans: What is the first test you performed as an accredited laboratorian?
selected responses, copied verbatim without editing:
screen! Been a blood banker from the start.
I started out
as a generalist, so a little bit of everything.
In 1984 I
actually did UA's while a student working a co-op job in a Boston
hospital...reported them out and trained new employees. Incredible considering
I hadn't even done a rotation yet...but I did know my stuff...
A CBC =)
creatinines and uric acids 1974! It's a wonder I survived!
Probably a CBC
CBC and making
a slide, staining it, and reading a PCV and plasma protein.
Blood Bank, probably type and screen.
ABO and Rh.
Started in Blood Bank
bilirubin at Hospital for Sick Children
and cross on a trauma pt
We also asked Facebook fans: What is your best advice for a new lab graduate?
Know the basics
and before saying something...think about it first!
You can make a
difference; dont be caught up in the fatalistic negativity of burnt-out
Don't try to be
a know it all, learn as much as you can from more experienced techs it will go
a long way.
long-time techs convince you in taking shortcuts. Hang on to what you learned
in school and go by the procedures for your lab. Find an experienced tech that
you trust (one that doesn't take shortcuts) and learn as much as you can from
them. Ask lots of questions.
The first year is the hardest!!
stress management and find a mentor. A mentor can be some inside the lab, or in
my case, outside the lab. My actual mentor was a nurse that got me to where I
needed to be when I was working by myself on second shift.
If you can,
work as a generalist for the first year or two to round out your resume. Don't
specialize in one Lab department right away.
asks questions, read the procedure, check your lot dates and expiration dates.
to the lab chemistry.
management and also get involved in groups outside the lab such as the safety
committee or the activities committee.
at work too much because they'll use every word you say against you...