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Who Would Make the Best President?

Published October 6, 2008 9:01 AM by Glen McDaniel
OK, so that title was a ploy to get you to read this blog. However, I have been thinking recently how politically in the closet clinical laboratorians have been. Just about every other professional group, inside and outside of healthcare, has weighed in on each crop of presidential aspirants over the years and laid out an argument as to who would best advance the organization's or profession's interests.

Generally, healthcare professionals like physicians, healthcare administrators and nurses have couched their concerns and endorsements in terms of how patients would be best served. The official line is always that healthcare professionals are all guided by a serious consideration of how best to move toward better healthcare for the greatest number of people who need it. We all know that ulterior motives aside, healthcare professionals try to divine who would be best for healthcare from their perspective; hence, differences among professions' official stances at times.

Have you educated yourself as to where the presidential candidates stand on healthcare?

How would their platform affect the quality, availability and access to healthcare? Would the clinical laboratory science profession be helped or hurt by a particular presidential platform?


One has to be very careful about discussing issues like politics and religion at work because alliances and feelings generally run so high on such subjects.

It is very easy for fellow employees to feel personally offended or that someone is proselytizing and trying to convert them  away from their own current viewpoint.

What I have always found fascinating is the fact that so many people feel their own  religious or political viewpoint are superior or socially acceptable and therefore can be foisted on all within ear-shot.

One boss I had would offer both religious and political advice while her underlings stood by- too afraid for their own jobs to respond. She assumed, I suppose, her position gave her that right.

Some organizations treat such discussions in the workplace as potentially creating a hostile environment. Consider, for example, someone who wants to engage in a spirited diatribe of their own views in a breakroom full of fellow employees, just interested in having lunch.

Regardless of organizational policy it is always better to gauge the atmosphere and keep your own views private, unless they are specifically solicited-and a discussion is welcomed- by ALL parties present.

On the other hand w eshould be aware that any discrimination or adverse employment action based on someone's political or religious belief are strictly prohibited by federal law.

Glen McDaniel November 24, 2008 3:50 PM
Atlanta GA

more people that I work with are very politically aware they stand for one candidate or another.  It is that it is taboo to  talk about politics, and religion at work.  it is such a hot issue that its best not to bring it up.  Also, when I mentioned one political party or another at work one time, my supervisor at the time who was on the "other side" said to me, "If I had known that about you, I would have nipped you in the bud."  Meaning he probably would not have hired me if he knew what party I belonged to .  From now on, I keep my political feelings to myself.

sara shaw, blood transfusion - mt, stanord October 16, 2008 9:30 PM
Palo Alto CA

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