National Medical Lab Professionals Week
Next week from April 19th
to the 25th
we celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW). This is one week dedicated to celebrating the 300, 000 or so clinical laboratorians nationally and the contribution they make to the nation's healthcare.
In its 34th year, NMLPW- initiated by American Society for Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS)- is now jointly sponsored by 10 laboratory organizations. This year's theme is "Laboratory Professionals Get Results."
Of significance is the fact that in 2005 the committee added the word "professionals" to what was formerly National Medical Laboratory Week. That was a deliberate move to emphasize the significance of the individual, of each single laboratorian.
What is your laboratory planning? It's a great time to celebrate your accomplishments. Breakfasts, T-shirts, commemorative items are all great. But what an opportunity to teach others outside the lab about your contribution, education, skills, competence; your real value to the healthcare team.
This should be an ongoing endeavor. But NMPLW is a great opportunity/excuse to look not just inward, but outward. This is a time to not just celebrate; but to advertise the brand.
Happy National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week to everyone!