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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

What We Could Learn from Pharmacists
June 25, 2016 8:34 PM by Glen McDaniel
I know our profession is unique and cannot be identically modeled off any other profession. However in both my personal and professional lives I often try to learn lessons and draw parallels from observations around me. I have been in this profession 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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Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the 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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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.
January 31, 2016 4:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact 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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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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Should Every Laboratory “Clinical Problem” be Handled by a Pathologist?
November 1, 2014 10:52 PM by Glen McDaniel
It seems that experiences always occur in groups. Recently I had 3 separate but similar experiences that made me decide to write this blog. Laboratorians on an online forum were discussing recent issues that their particular labs faced with nursing, such 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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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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8 Tips to Improve Your Conversational Effectiveness
June 28, 2014 7:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
I am sure you have all heard the lament, “He/she just does not know how to talk to people.” As team members laboratorians have to interact with each other and convey information not only to fellow laboratorians (peers and supervisors) but to their customers Read More...
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Why License Tour Guides but not Laboratorians?
May 11, 2014 1:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent article in the Economist made me chuckle. It covers in a deliberately humorous way, the story that tour guides in Washington, DC must be licensed, or face stiff fines. The idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can Read More...
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In Celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 19, 2014 2:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
So, it’s that time of year again. This week we turn our attention to celebrating medical laboratorians. It is the one week out of the year when we highlight the very important role played by those of us who practice in the laboratory. Although the information Read More...
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Glucose or HbA1c..Who you Gonna Call?
March 1, 2014 1:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the most instructive conversations with physicians and others outside of our profession. Some day I would like to write a book of such conversations and recommend its use as a discussion point for medical laboratory students. My friend the endocrinologist Read More...
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As Long as You Don’t Call my Instrument a Machine
February 22, 2014 3:15 PM by Glen McDaniel
I had witnessed this situation many times before, but I still paid attention. "It’s an instrument, not a machine, stupid,” the MLS yelled to the entire room in general, and no one in particular, as she hung up the phone. angrily. When questioned she explained Read More...
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