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Disaster Drills
December 28, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
As our hospital Safety Officer, I’m involved with disaster planning. This includes writing plans and planning for drills. Code Red, for example, is a fire emergency. While drills are regularly held by the maintenance crew, these involve checking the plant Read More...
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How Happy is Your Lab?
December 23, 2011 3:28 PM by Scott Warner
I’ve never quite understood why administrators keep managers with a high turnover rate. While no two labs are alike, it isn’t unusual for some labs to keep the same people forever and others to be a revolving door. Why is that? The New York Post reports Read More...
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It’s That Time of Year
December 19, 2011 6:25 AM by Scott Warner
With Christmas fast approaching, it’s hard to know what to say in our workplaces. We no longer have Christmas trees, we have “holiday trees.” We no longer have “Christmas parties,” we have “holiday gatherings.” And we aren’t allowed to wish each other Read More...
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Teamwork is a Natural State
December 14, 2011 6:06 AM by Scott Warner
As a manager, I’m often asked “What makes a team?” and promptly told the answers: I must inspire people to be a team; I have to empower the team; I can’t make any decisions without the team buy-in. The team has to be coached and encouraged lest it collapse, Read More...
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Another Management Myth
December 9, 2011 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
One of the most persistent management myths is leaders create a vision that managers carry out by inspiring and motivating employees to be empowered as a team . I’ve heard this pap so many times, in one form or another, that it oozes from my mind like Read More...
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Are 12-Hour Shifts Safe?
December 5, 2011 6:24 AM by Scott Warner
When nurses switch to 12-hour shifts, I wonder if back injury claims increase. Nurses and nurse assistants literally do the heavy lifting in hospitals, and patients aren’t getting smaller. Forcing fifty- and sixty-something people with a lifetime of cumulative Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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