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have the most instructive conversations with physicians and others outside of our
profession. Some day I would like to write a book of such conversations and recommend
its use as a discussion point for medical laboratory students. My friend the endocrinologist
was gushing to me about how wonderful HbA1c is. “I no longer order ...
We seem to have lots to
complain about in this profession: low pay, lack of recognition, a flat career ladder
and encroachment on our scope of practice for starters. Next to pointing out our
ills the runner up theme is the mantra things will not improve until “they” fix
it. Who are they?
Depending on whom you
A University of Scranton study lists the top three New Year’s resolutions: losing weight, getting organized, and spending less. Only 8% of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions achieve their goals. An article in The Wall Street Journal cites a British study concluding that 88% of resolutions end in failure, which, at least, is a tad more ...
You might be familiar
with the comeback, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” That expression is
usually used to quash a complaint or an excuse not living up to expectations. That
expression came to mind recently.
The weather is
usually mild in Atlanta where I live. However we had a steady two-week cold
In the last blog we discussed the importance of making a good favorable impression on a prospective employer;and how to tailor your resume to deliver that oomph factor. Once you have passed that first test and scored an interview, there is another hurdle: how to make a good impression while facing the decision-makers.
As a rookie manager I spent day after day looking at reports, figures, balance sheets, schedules, and meeting minutes. Whatever time I had left went to running or attending meetings. This was a stressful, difficult, and thankless adjustment where benign mentors quickly became impatient taskmasters. Then one day I worked the bench in blood bank ...
A few years ago I was part of a team appointed by a national hospital company to study and make recommendations for staff retention. The organization had a horrendous record for turnover; in fact in some key areas like nursing assistants the turnover rate was 40 percent!
Such a high rate was untenable because of its cost to the organization, but ...
I am just not a morning person. I decided a long time ago that my ideal job would be that of a stage actor, working at night, relaxing leisurely after work, going to bed way after midnight and then sleeping in the following morning.
Most of us do not have that luxury, however, and we struggle with getting enough hours in a day. It is a ...
We all know the saying ''birds of a feather flock together.'' This does not only refer to the fact that those with common interests and values tend to be friends and hang around each other.
Research has shown that adopting synchronous body language (essentially mirroring someone else) tends to make the individuals feel closer without ...
One of the most uncomfortable situations for employees and managers alike is a workplace that has obvious conflict. We are taught to work as a cohesive team and lots of resources is spent on teambuilding. The word ''team'' is considered sacrosanct in fact.
Yet, the dirty little secret is that conflict is inevitable. If you have worked for any ...