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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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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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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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There is a Great Need for More Useful MLS Research
March 29, 2014 5:45 PM by Glen McDaniel
I love science! I always have and I always will. So when I asked recently to be a judge at a science fair at a local college, I immediately jumped at the request. I was really impressed with the quality of the projects and the soundness of the research, 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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Never Discount the Power of One
January 26, 2014 2:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
We seem to have lots to complain about in this profession: low pay, lack of recognition, a flat career ladder and encroachment on our scope of practice for starters. Next to pointing out our ills the runner up theme is the mantra things will not improve Read More...
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Sounds Like a Personal Problem to Me
December 28, 2013 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
You might be familiar with the comeback, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” That expression is usually used to quash a complaint or an excuse not living up to expectations. That expression came to mind recently. The weather is usually mild in Atlanta Read More...
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Medical Lab Science is Still a Growth Career
December 22, 2013 3:55 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just this week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report of job prospects for the next ten years (actually between 2012 and 2022). Not surprisingly, healthcare topped the list of attractive fields, projected to grow at almost three percent, Read More...
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It's OK to Say You Don't Know
November 3, 2013 2:37 PM by Glen McDaniel
I wish I knew everything, but I don't. On second thought: it would be pretty boring to have every fact at my finger tips and I never have to learn, to ask, research or dig for information. In any event, has someone ever asked you a question and you hesitated Read More...
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Here's Another Opportunity to Help Physicians and Patients
October 19, 2013 7:20 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a recent article , Dr. Diane Shannon talked very poignantly of the reason she left the practice of medicine. Shannon said she was burnt out and wanted to be another addition to the statistic that suicide is higher among female physicians than among Read More...
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Find Your Passion, Find Your Niche
October 12, 2013 6:12 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is a lot happening in this country these days. As a medical laboratory scientist, I have been used to change, but it seems like the past few years have been typified by huge changes to many people I know personally and professionally. One of the Read More...
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Make a Good First Impression: Lessons from Your Favorite Commercial
September 8, 2013 2:44 PM by Glen McDaniel
In the last blog we discussed the importance of making a good favorable impression on a prospective employer; and how to tailor your resume to deliver that oomph factor. Once you have passed that first test and scored an interview, there is another hurdle: Read More...
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