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  • Time to Reflect on 2014 and Plan for 2015

    The year is winding down and it is traditional to start looking forward to the next year. This is the time of year when we traditionally start thinking about what changes we will make in the New Year.   Some have already started penning their New Year's Resolutions. May I suggest that before you jump into crafting the year ...
  • Christmas Past

    I’ve worked many Christmases, like most lab techs. Someone has to, right? It isn’t all bad, either. Some techs prefer to work Christmas because they might celebrate the holiday on a different day. In other labs the noobs get stuck with Christmas, which really isn’t fair. In our lab all the holidays are rotated, and the techs are free to ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 24, 2014
  • Person of the Year: The Medical Laboratorian

    As we come towards the end of the year several publications generate lists, perform annual reviews and select the most newsworthy items for that year. One eagerly anticipated “contest”  every year is the Time Magazine Person of the Year (POTY).   This year Time chose “The Ebola Fighters” as their POTY. “They risked and persisted, ...
  • Our Aging Eyes

    It’s becoming harder and harder to see what I used to take for granted. I’ve always been nearsighted and worn glasses since age ten. I’ve never thought twice about it until a few years ago. Myopia (nearsightedness) is caused by an image focusing in front of the retina because the eyeball is too long, the cornea or lens are too curved, or a ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 10, 2014
  • Asking For Help

    Asking for help can be difficult. We think of it as a sign of weakness, an act of capitulation, or a loss of political capital. But as Lorie Corcuera, co-founder and CEO of leadership firm SPARK Creations, writes in Inc., “The truth is, we never do anything on our own. And as leaders, we shouldn’t want to.” We revere self-reliance. Life coach M. ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 5, 2014
  • It’s What We Do

    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, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 1, 2014
  • How Do You Work?

    As the holidays approach I’m reminded how families get along (or don’t). Our work families are no different. Coworkers with different styles and priorities forced to work together can test patience and professionalism. So long as the work gets out accurately and timely, the ends may justify the means, but we’ve all worked with a tech (or are one!) ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 26, 2014
  • Happy Thanksgiving to You

    In a few days the country will be celebrating Thanksgiving,but this festive holiday means different things to different people. To many it will be a day off from work, a time to spend with family, to over-eat and drink too much. It will be a time when family members get to show off their favorite recipes, critically assess relatives ...
  • Has Ebola Suddenly Gone Away?

      Just a few short weeks ago, Ebola was the talk of the town. Both the lay public and healthcare professionals seemed consumed with the topic. Entire cottage industries were born to supply Ebola-proof personal protective equipment (PPE) and to teach Ebola safety.   There was a CDC conference call almost daily to update ...
  • Should Every Laboratory “Clinical Problem” be Handled by a Pathologist?

      It seems that experiences always occur in groups. Recently I had 3 separate but similar experiences that made me decide to write this blog.   Laboratorians on an online forum were discussing recent issues that their particular labs faced with nursing, such as specimen draws above an IV, many hemolyzed specimens, abuse of ...
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