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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

Work Smarter Not Harder or Longer
August 29, 2016 2:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is always so much to be done. Today's society is so fast-moving that it’s hard to accomplish every single thing on a day’s agenda. Working in the laboratory, we know that emergencies happen, stats keep coming in, instruments act up, and colleagues Read More...
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Representing all laboratorians as “lab techs” hurts the profession
May 30, 2016 9:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago I went to the doctor with a friend. The nice young lady taking my friend’s vitals and medical history introduced herself as “Dr. O’s nurse”. I noticed her name badge read “RMA”- registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent Read More...
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New Laboratorian Excited About Profession
March 26, 2016 5:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
As our 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. I monitor social media quite Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.
February 21, 2016 4:00 PM by Glen McDaniel
Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!” As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions. Having come from Read More...
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Roche Launches Website for Lab Leaders
October 31, 2015 10:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
Like other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups. Very often the emphasis Read More...
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AACC Issues Position Statement on Personalized Medicine
August 8, 2015 10:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
The AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to medicine. Patients often present with a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently Read More...
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Take Yourself to Summer School
August 2, 2015 7:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a friend who was complaining about how busy and tired she was this summer. In addition to working full time on the evening shift she has been shuttling kids to activities and summer camp. She has a seriously packed schedule which starts Read More...
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Celebrating Differences
July 26, 2015 3:56 PM by Glen McDaniel
There are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different from Read More...
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Know the Difference Between Cost and Value
December 31, 2014 2:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
In casual conversation we use the terms cost, price and value almost interchangeably. That might seem to be just semantics, but I think we send mixed messages or act inappropriately when we start believing these concepts are identical. Anyone who has Read More...
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Expand Your Network by Bridging Structural Holes
December 28, 2014 3:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Think about the people you know professionally; and most likely the majority are also laboratorians. That seems logical because you interact with colleagues at work. Maybe you belong to a local professional group or even a national membership organization. Read More...
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You Work for Yourself, No One Else
November 9, 2014 7:39 PM by Glen McDaniel
My dad was so proud of the fact that he worked for the same employer for 40+ years. He was never late, was rarely sick and sometimes went to work despite the fact he was under the weather. He thought he was indispensable and that his employer really valued Read More...
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What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory- Part 2?
August 25, 2014 11:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
In the last blog we discussed a CDC survey addressing the difficulties many providers face in ordering and interpreting laboratory tests. The providers admit to having significant challenges in both ordering tests and interpreting laboratory test results. Read More...
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The Benefits of Intergenerational Teams
August 9, 2014 9:06 PM by Glen McDaniel
As the workforces ages we find many Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are retiring and the workforce is increasingly made up of younger individuals. The interesting thing about different generations working together is that values and even work ethics Read More...
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Are You More Than a Passive Technician?
July 26, 2014 5:59 PM by Glen McDaniel
I recently saw a discussion on a Medical Laboratory page on a popular social networking site. Someone started off a thread detailing an encounter with a nurse in which a request was made that was so ludicrous it was funny. Others weighed in with accounts Read More...
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Managing Cross-Disciplinary Teams is a Required Skill
May 31, 2014 8:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
Those of us in healthcare have worked in silos for so long it has become the norm. In fact we justify it by saying due to the complexity of our body of knowledge, others just will not understand. Physically and psychologically we are more comfortable Read More...
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