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  • Medical Lab Science to be Featured on Television

      The medical laboratory science   profession will be featured on the Leading Edge, an award-winning program on public television that examines impactful subjects and helps to educate the public about topics they might not otherwise know about; or know very little about    A glitzy, professional video ...
  • Challenged by BRPT Exam

    I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every penny spent.  Now, I am tasked with passing the associated exam. I ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Hurray for FOCUS 2014

    Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us.  nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational.  Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort at Disney World, near Orlando, Fla. It's an idyllic setting, as is ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 22, 2014
  • Sleep Educators Course

    I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Use the Gram Stain

    In microbiology we learn to use the Gram stain results of a direct smear to check specimen quality (usually by a count of squamous epithelial cells) and any predominating organisms (e.g. lancet shaped Gram positive cocci on a sputum) that suggest what to work up. All good micro techs use the Gram stain. Intracellular organisms are an immediate ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 24, 2013
  • The Problem with Being an OJT

    I believe there is a place for someone being trained on the job, but medicine is not that place. I am sure this statement will make many of my readers unhappy with me. But there are too many issues that cannot be taught while you are working and too many theories that need to be taught in a learning environment. We are dealing with people’s lives; ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on December 26, 2012
  • Time for a Change in Work Scheduling

    NURSES BURN OUT ON LONG SHIFTS!! Well surprise, surprise, surprise, and to quote one of my favorite malcontent Disney characters, Diego, ''I am not surprised, I am so not surprised, I think I am going to die from not surprise!'' This article under this headline laments the long 12-hour shifts nurses must work and how dissatisfied they become ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 21, 2012
  • Where Do We Find Quality Teachers?

    I can tell you I learned sleep due to people sharing their knowledge in books and at conferences. I took advantage of my manufacturers' representatives. I will forever be grateful to those who helped me to become a sleep tech. Now I have moved to a place where I can help shape the next generation of technologists, who will be well educated ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
  • How to Raise a Laboratorian

    I met Jason at a local volunteer event. While we waited for the official set-up we exchanged pleasantries. At 19 years old, Jason is in his second year of college studying pre-pharmacy. When I suggested that pharmacy is a growing field with expanding scope of practice and great growth opportunity, Jason said almost dejectedly, ''That's what ...
  • You Are What You Say

    You are what you say. You tell stories and express yourself using words, just like a book. What you say and how you say it lets people know if you’re a textbook, novel, autobiography, or gibberish. And yes, people judge you by your cover. It happens, and some people don’t mind. Our speech is tempered by advertisers, television, and peers. We ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 21, 2012
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