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A Good Rejection Policy is Fair
October 28, 2011 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
When I told nurses we would throw unlabeled specimens in the trash and then telephone them with the news, outrage ensued. “How dare you!” was the general tone. Perhaps, they believed this was their decision. At least, I played fair by giving notice. Laboratory Read More...
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How Do We Sell Ourselves?
October 24, 2011 6:15 AM by Scott Warner
On a student site I read this: ... many tests and procedures are becoming more simplified and can be conducted by physicians and even the patients themselves, thus reducing the need for clinical lab technicians and assistants in some areas of health care. Read More...
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Things I’m Crazy About
October 19, 2011 7:38 AM by Scott Warner
Since I last blogged about things at work that drive me crazy, it’s fair to say what I’m crazy about. CareerBuilder has a quiz (I scored a C), but I wonder if the laboratory per se is responsible. As one consultant puts it, “It is critical to distinguish Read More...
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Things That Drive Me Crazy
October 14, 2011 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
While at a workshop on “change fatigue” it occurred to me that I cause my share of it. As a manager I probably do plenty to drive people crazy. “What are you up to now?” and “Whose stupid idea is that?” are mild flattery. Our dance of reason is choreographed Read More...
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Questioning Results
October 10, 2011 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
As a new tech working evenings I was confronted by a physician’s assistant who questioned a negative pregnancy test. She demanded that I repeat the test, and as she watched over my shoulder said, “Are you sure? Those clumps mean she is pregnant!” Our Read More...
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Procrastination Creates Teamwork
October 5, 2011 7:14 AM by Scott Warner
I was going to blog about procrastination tomorrow, but I decided to do it today. That’s probably a good thing. According to Psychology Today , twenty percent of people are chronic procrastinators, putting off everything from paying bills to cashing checks. Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
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