New Laboratorian Excited About Profession
profession ages and many of us lumber towards retirement, it is often hard to
be optimistic. Many are burnt out and never miss an opportunity to tell those
just entering the profession what a mistake they are making.
social media quite a bit, partially to feel the pulse of fellow professionals.
I am especially interested in, and curious about, what young professionals like
and dislike. When they compare
themselves to friends, family and classmates who took a different career route,
are they satisfied or dissatisfied with their choice? Do they believe the naysayers who say this
is a dying profession where its members are underpaid and under-appreciated?
background, I was reading posts on a medical laboratory site on Facebook a week or so back and came up on a post by a young MLS professional; in fact she is
still a student.
what student Amber Hill wrote on her timeline:
the day that I knew undoubtedly that I have made the right career choice.
I am currently a student and I will graduate next year. I work at a local
family owned grocery store part time. There were some bad storms today and the
entire town is out of power but my store has a generator (pretty much the only
place in town that is open).
of one of the doctors from my local office walks in the front door with a rack
of blood and a centrifuge. She asked if she could borrow our power to spin down
some blood so that it could be sent off to the lab. I of course jumped at the
opportunity to help! (She couldn't even figure out how to open it, let alone
balance the thing).
I was ridiculously excited for an entire hour
and all I was doing was spinning down blood!
If something as simple as centrifuging blood puts a smile on my face,
everything else is icing on the cake.
hours Amber’s post had got received 339 “Likes.”
That made me very happy.
We are members
of a very noble profession. But it’s easy to forget why we chose this vocation.
It’s easy to get sucked into all the negativity. Here is a young student
recognizing she could use her knowledge to be of service, to contribute (even anonymously)
to patient care; and she got excited about doing it. She felt a sense of pride.
it takes the simple things to remind us to check our own attitudes. If we have more
Ambers out there, this profession will be in very good hands for years to come.