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There is always so much to be done. Today's
society is so fast-moving that it’s hard to accomplish every single thing on a day’s
agenda. Working in the laboratory, we know that emergencies happen, stats keep coming in, instruments
act up, and colleagues call out. It’s agreed we are expected to do more and
more with less ...
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 knowledge of the day to day workflow.
I don’t know how common this is in laboratories, but I ...
Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain,
“Well, they didn’t ask the lab!” As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions. Having come from the lab, I was not totally surprised.
What really shocked me, however, ...
other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network
and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made
sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups.
Very often the emphasis is on the “how” and “why” of clinical
skills. Sometimes there is ...
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 he ignored me, so I left and bought a Chevy.
We all have those stories of frustrating ...
are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family
or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at
the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different
weekend I have been catching up on my reading. I just read ...
Think about the people you know professionally; and
most likely the majority are also laboratorians. That seems logical because you
interact with colleagues at work. Maybe you belong to a local professional
group or even a national membership organization. You might even know the
majority of medical laboratorians in your city. That makes ...
What we do is often complicated. For example, asking for help from coworkers sounds easy but isn’t. Clinical psychologist Ellen Hendrickson cites several reasons we don’t including fear of being a burden, fear of losing control, fear of owing a favor, fear of appearing weak, and fear of rejection. “Asking for help can turn the most self-assured, ...
the workforces ages we find many Baby
Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are retiring and the workforce is increasingly
made up of younger individuals. The interesting thing about different generations
working together is that values and even work ethics will vary. Oldsters (Boomers
like myself) tend to assess younger workers as ...
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 believe that their boss is just tough or pushes his workers to get results.” She lists verbal ...