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Justifying Staff
May 31, 2016 6:41 AM by Scott Warner
These days it’s all about shortages. Shortages of techs, shortages of patients, and shortages of money. In small hospitals there are fewer of us working with fewer patients for less money. Those who are working are older than the average worker, are wondering Read More...
Working Managers
March 16, 2016 6:38 AM by Scott Warner
A nursing paradigm has been the “working manager,” a nurse who also works the floors and pitches in when needed. This model has been used in ancillary departments such as radiology and respiratory therapy. It makes sense to have a manager with first hand Read More...
We’re All in This Together
December 2, 2015 5:56 AM by Scott Warner
An “us versus them” attitude is common in all workplaces. Lab techs don’t understand nurses or nurses don’t understand lab techs. I’ve heard techs whine many times over the years, “If only the nurses could come down here and watch what we do for a day.” Read More...
Ace That Phone Interview
September 28, 2015 6:10 AM by Scott Warner
Our plumber Bob once confessed he refuses to answer his cell phone in the bathroom. Ironic or not that’s not so obvious in this age of instant communication and social media trivia. It also makes me wonder who does. CNN describes a candidate who flushed Read More...
What to Ask a Salesperson
September 18, 2015 8:25 AM by Scott Warner
I once stopped at a local Dodge dealer to buy a truck. No matter how direct I was the salesperson insisted on steering me toward a different vehicle. I even said, “Look, you’re not the only game in town. I want that truck,” pointing to one. Inexplicably Read More...
Working With Nursing
September 4, 2015 1:08 PM by Scott Warner
The current Advance opinion poll question , “What is your laboratory’s relationship with your facility’s nursing staff?” has me thinking. As fellow Advance blogger Stephanie Noblit points out, medical laboratory professionals don’t often have a positive Read More...
What Are Your Skills?
August 31, 2015 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
Like most managers with experience, I’ve seen a lot of resumes. Most are chronological , listing jobs worked in order from flipping burgers to working in a lab. Take it from me, it gets boring seeing so many timelines. I have never - repeat never - seen Read More...
Your Facebook Face
August 26, 2015 7:43 AM by Scott Warner
As long as I’m on a how-to-find-a-job jag, it’s only fair to mention Facebook. According to the website Statista, as of the second quarter of this year there are 1.49 billion active members on Facebook, a number that has steadily climbed since 2008. Facebook Read More...
Plain Text Your Resume
August 21, 2015 8:16 AM by Scott Warner
In a paper world, a resume is a one-page flier tacked on a pole along the highway of your career, part lost puppy notice and part Call Me! for this or that. Since paper is an ideal medium for display purposes, a resume can be dressed up with different Read More...
Job Search Tips
August 17, 2015 6:11 AM by Scott Warner
Don’t you love business buzz phrases like low hanging fruit, thrown under the bus, thinking outside the box, and take home message ? I recently attended a jobs workshop and received a great take home message. In fact I got several. If only business meetings Read More...
Are You Good or Great?
August 12, 2015 6:54 AM by Scott Warner
Some time ago I read Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t by leadership guru Jim Collins. The book describes why some companies are good and others are great. It’s a worthwhile read. It turns out that being great isn’t a Read More...
Reducing Stress
June 25, 2015 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
Layoffs, cutbacks, mergers, downsizing, and outsourcing, common in business, have come to healthcare and laboratories. What used to be a secure job with plenty of opportunity now is filled with unknowns in an uncertain economy. According to Forbes the Read More...
Stress at Work
June 19, 2015 7:14 AM by Scott Warner
ABC News reports Medical Professional as right in the middle of the most stressful jobs in America, right behind working parents, deployed military personnel, and police officer. These types of lists vary from survey to survey, but the reason stress is Read More...
A Good Fit
June 5, 2015 6:31 AM by Scott Warner
A full time employee easily spends most of his or her time at work, especially when you include prep time (rearranging personal schedule, laundry and ironing, shopping for uniforms, travelling, homework, and all the worrying behind the scenes. You might Read More...
Interviewing at the Bench
June 1, 2015 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
It’s easy to forget that interviewing is about buying and selling. It’s easy to be so focused on getting a job that you forget the importance of getting the right job. The wrong job (if you haven’t had one yet, just wait) can be miserable and all-consuming. Read More...


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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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