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Dreading Evaluations
January 28, 2013 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
At a leadership seminar a CEO said, “Performance evaluations give you at least one chance to have a conversation with your employees.” I don’t disagree with that, especially for off shifts. But performance evaluations are also a chance to permanently Read More...
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I Didn’t Get Your Email
January 23, 2013 6:19 AM by Scott Warner
For managers, email is either a lifeline or bane. Sometimes, it’s both. I imagine it’s even more irritating for staff without a dedicated office space to handle email. Whatever the setting, there are only so many emails we can take. According to a Harris Read More...
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Do You Like People?
January 18, 2013 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
I’ve blogged about introverts and extroverts, broad categories that define how we react to social settings and theorized that our profession may attract the former. Social butterflies and gadflies alike stand out in any laboratory. But that is their nature. Read More...
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Noise Can Be Good
January 14, 2013 6:14 AM by Scott Warner
Recently, we installed a new analyzer. We shuffled things around, moving a freezer closer to our chemistry workstation. It makes up for its small size by groaning and rattling in a constant racket. According to a sound meter app on my phone, the ambient Read More...
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Bad Handwriting
January 9, 2013 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
Nurses may complain about doctor’s bad handwriting, but we see it plenty. Often, it’s difficult to decipher a test or diagnosis on a requisition, and like a game of “Telephone” the message can be completely garbled if ordered by a third party on an inpatient Read More...
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Don’t Bother the Blood Bank Tech!
January 4, 2013 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
We have a sign in our lab that says Do Not Talk To the Blood Bank Technologist . It reminds us all of the nature and danger of distractions in our work: beepers, timers, telephones, instrument alarms, sensor alarms, doorbells, personal issues, and (not Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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