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How to Raise a Laboratorian
September 28, 2012 9:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
I met Jason at a local volunteer event. While we waited for the official set-up we exchanged pleasantries. At 19 years old, Jason is in his second year of college studying pre-pharmacy. When I suggested that pharmacy is a growing field with expanding Read More...
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Why You Shouldn’t Wait for the DCLS
August 13, 2011 6:18 PM by Glen McDaniel
The opening keynote address of the annual ASCLS meeting in Atlanta was delivered by two physicians, Dr. Laposata (a pathologist) and Dr. Meisel (an internist) discussing in point-counterpoint fashion what way clinical laboratorian' s view their role in Read More...
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Words Do Matter
January 25, 2011 5:18 PM by Glen McDaniel
There has been an ongoing debate about the power of vitriolic speech in the aftermath of the shooting tragedy in Tuscon where a gunman killed 6 people and wounded 13 others including a U.S. Congresswoman. Most concede it is difficult to draw a direct Read More...
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No Smoking Allowed for CLS Students
November 17, 2010 11:46 AM by Glen McDaniel
Recently I received an email from a colleague who is an educator, asking my opinion on what she thought might very well be an ethical, or even legal issue. She had just learned that several clinical sites are now requiring that the students they host Read More...
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What is Gainful Employment?
July 11, 2010 2:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
A controversy that has largely gone unnoticed by the majority of clinical laboratorians has been brewing between academia and the US Department of Education (DOE) for months now. It involves essentially whether certain for profit schools should be eligible Read More...
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Why There is a Personnel Shortage
April 6, 2009 11:37 PM by Glen McDaniel
There are many reasons for the personnel shortage in clinical lab science. Not the least of which are low pay (compared to lesser educated health care providers), high stress, terrible work hours and little recognition. I have dealt with root causes and Read More...
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CAP Slightly Shifts Position
February 5, 2009 11:23 AM by Glen McDaniel
I have long advocated personnel licensure for clinical laboratory professionals because I believe licensure protects our scope of practice as well as protects the public welfare. If you think about the people who are licensed--barbers, drivers, attorneys Read More...
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CAP Slightly Shifts Licensure Position
January 30, 2009 9:20 AM by Glen McDaniel
I have long advocated personnel licensure for clinical laboratory professionals because I believe licensure protects our scope of practice as well as protects the public welfare. If you think about the people who are licensed--barbers, drivers, attorneys Read More...
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NELC a Huge Success
December 8, 2008 8:16 AM by Glen McDaniel
The Northeast Laboratory Conference (NELC) , held in Portland, ME Oct. 22-24, was a huge success. This regional conference is co-sponsored by laboratory groups in the New England-American Technologists (AMT), Clinical Laboratory Management Association Read More...
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Virtual National Meetings
August 6, 2008 3:15 PM by Glen McDaniel
Last week, the annual national joint meetings of ASCLS and AACC were held in Washington, DC. The meetings were very successful, drawing thousands of attendees nationally and internationally. The meeting offered cutting edge presentations, represented Read More...
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Lab Week Is About More Than Food and T-Shirts
April 2, 2008 1:46 PM by Glen McDaniel
This year National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) will be observed April 20-26. The theme this year is National Medical Laboratory Professionals: Delivering Today's Results for a Healthier Tomorrow. Sponsored by 10 laboratory organizations Read More...
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One National Certification, Finally?
February 4, 2008 1:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
As laboratorians, we often bewail the disunity in the profession. Not only do competing membership organizations tout their relative superiority at the expense of others, but there are also competing certifications. Many Human Resource departments think Read More...
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Educators: Orient Students to the Profession Early
January 14, 2008 10:46 AM by Glen McDaniel
When I was in medical technology school in North Bay, Canada, I had lots of friends in the nursing program of the same college. We would often compare the programs in terms of workload, difficulty and our perception of the wisdom of choosing our respective Read More...
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Return to Generalists a Mixed Blessing
November 15, 2007 3:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
In recent years, I have noticed a return to the use of generalists even in larger laboratories. When I was just a "baby CLS," everyone started out as a generalist in all but the biggest laboratories. Many aspired and longed for the day when they would Read More...
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Representation Hurts the Profession
November 12, 2007 3:27 PM by Glen McDaniel
A couple of weeks ago I was in a doctor's office and the young lady who took my history and checked my vitals introduced herself as "Dr O's nurse." I noticed her name badge read "RMA"-registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent and very Read More...
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