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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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The Laboratory’s Expanded Role in Managing Kidney Disease
February 22, 2015 4:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Kidney disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans: diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic kidney disease 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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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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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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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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