Welcome to Health Care POV | sign in | join

BROWSE BY TAGS

Stepwise Success

How Many Tests?
July 28, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Laboratories revise a test menu based on clinical need or cost. The common “bread and butter” tests I blogged about last time are easy to decide on and often performed on analyzers with volume discounts. But in many cases estimating the volume of tests Read More...
0 comments »     
Take Advantage of Wellness
July 4, 2014 6:39 AM by Scott Warner
According to a Rand Corporation report about half of U.S. employers offer wellness programs. The bigger the employer, the bigger the program, many of which include risk assessments. Despite evidence that wellness is associated with lower healthcare costs Read More...
0 comments »     
Do You Work For a Bully?
June 30, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Remarkably, 54 million Americans have been bullied at some point in their careers, either peer to peer or from a boss. Writes author Sherri Gordon in About, “Many times people don’t even realize that their boss is bullying them. Instead, they falsely Read More...
0 comments »     
Are You Recognized?
June 16, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Being recognized for what we do is an essential human need. We appreciate a thank you, acknowledgement, or praise at work. The giver and receiver benefit from a sincere “Thanks!” Whether the effort is big or small -- sometimes the smallest things matter Read More...
0 comments »     
When the House Manager Calls
June 11, 2014 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
Wouldn’t you know it, the one time in six months I’m in Bangor having dinner with friends I get a phone call. The restaurant is noisy, so I have to walk out to the parking lot to hear. It’s the hospital. “Scott, this is Jane the house manager. Your lab Read More...
0 comments »     
Are You A High Performer?
May 28, 2014 6:09 AM by Scott Warner
“He’s a talker,” a colleague once described one of his employees to me. “I’m lucky if I can get five hours a day out of him.” Time is money, and any time spent wasted while at work is a productivity hit. Forbes reports that most employees surf the Web Read More...
0 comments »     
Computer Scheduling
May 23, 2014 6:07 AM by Scott Warner
Artificial intelligence is everywhere. Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of The Singularity is Near , has commented that we don’t realize it because it just becomes something mundane that computers do. We expect a virtual analog of ourselves like HAL Read More...
0 comments »     
Faster Scheduling
May 19, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Scheduling is the bane of every manager’s existence. Those who delegate “self-scheduling” are only kidding themselves. Not only is creating a schedule time consuming, time spent making it “fair” is unrewarding. Managers can explain themselves blue to Read More...
0 comments »     
Workplace Statistics
May 14, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
The Internet is an amazing place. The other day I found a page compiling “Time Management Statistics” maintained by a workforce productivity site called Key Organization Systems. Assuming they are accurate, I’ve rearranged a few for context: In one survey Read More...
0 comments »     
Patient Rounding
April 16, 2014 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
Each morning in our laboratory, we round the wards to review charts and talk to nurses and doctors about care related to lab issues. We’ve been doing this for a couple of years. This year we added patient rounding. The idea is simple: each morning we Read More...
0 comments »     
Revisit Your Kits
April 7, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Our laboratory uses many “plop plop fizz fizz” tests for qualitative screening, like most labs. These quick and easy tests have been in labs as long as I can remember with a few enhancements over the years that have made them even easier e.g. internal Read More...
0 comments »     
Pushing Innovation
April 2, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
The dictionary defines innovation as “something new or different introduced.” If your culture doesn’t encourage innovation but you have a great idea to improve your laboratory, what do you do? Employees learn to resist change because they are seldom empowered Read More...
0 comments »     
Fix That Schedule
March 28, 2014 7:50 AM by Scott Warner
A work schedule reveals how techs work together. Techs may prefer to have weekends and holidays mapped for a year or longer, may prefer certain days off, and may have different rules for swapping and volunteering. The ends justify the means, since all Read More...
0 comments »     
The S Word
March 24, 2014 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
In a Roseanne episode where Darlene tries to explain to Dan a bad word in front of young D.J. D.J. says, “The B word?” “Worse,” says Darlene. “The F word?” “No,” says Darlene. “The L word?” “What’s the L word?” asks Darlene. D.J. shrugs, “I dunno. What’s Read More...
0 comments »     
New Lots, Lots of Fun
March 10, 2014 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
Managing supplies is complex. Contracts, par levels, shipping schedules, and storage issues are unique in a hospital setting, because the laboratory is largely self-contained. Your central warehouse may distribute gloves, sharps containers, and other Read More...
0 comments »     

Search

About this Blog


    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
  • About Blog and Author

Keep Me Updated

Recent Posts