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  • What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory?

    As anyone reads my writing knows I am a huge proponent of a more independent practice model for Medical Laboratory Scientists (and MLTs to a degree). A component of that model would be closer interaction with physicians and a willingness and ability to consult with physicians offering advice and information on medical laboratory ...
  • Explaining Ourselves

    According to US News and World Report, the top five “best jobs” in 2014 are: software developer, computer systems analyst, dentist, nurse practitioner, and pharmacist. We make the list, too: phlebotomist is #16 and clinical laboratory technician #22. These jobs “offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 11, 2014
  • Do Older Techs Hate Change?

    If there’s anything a lifetime of change teaches us, it’s that change never matches the hype. At some point in your career you’ve heard and seen it all: staffing ideas, alphabet soup, meeting gimmicks, efficiency notions. Like hornets, buzzwords are best left undisturbed, because after a while we’re allergic to their sting. Or are ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on August 6, 2014
  • Less is More: Time to Discontinue Redundant Processes

      As laboratorians we tend to be masters (and mistresses) of multitasking and completing tasks. Ever wondered why we have so many checklists, worksheets and forms? Computerization has simply moved some of that documentation to a new format.   OK, so as scientists we do need to have checks and balances, we must ...
  • Ebola Outbreak: What Do You Tell Friends?

    The most recent Ebola Virus outbreak has made the national news. This highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus causes a hemorrhagic illness that approaches 90 percent mortality. This latest episode in West Africa has claimed the lives of over 600 people, but has made the news largely because it is ...
  • Are You More Than a Passive Technician?

      I recently saw a discussion on a Medical Laboratory page on a popular social networking site. Someone started off a thread detailing an encounter with a nurse in which a request was made that was so ludicrous it was funny. Others weighed in with accounts of their personal experiences: mostly questions or requests from nursing ...
  • Here's to Your Independence

    I do not often repeat posts, blog or articles. However I have received several requests for a repost of this blog. One kind reader from Massachusets wrote, ''That is the singular most emotional call I have read in a while. Please reprint on July 4th. Do not just refer to it give a link. Please reprint it so when anyone logs on ...
  • What Message are You Sending?

      In business school my marketing professor was fond of saying, “Marketing is everything.” It was tempting to see this view as the opinion of an overzealous marketer who was trying to convince students of the need to create complex and obtuse business/marketing plans.  But as I continued the course, and long after graduation I ...
  • Is Your Lab Open or Closed?

    Business models tend to influence paradigms. Open office plans have been around since the 1950s and are in seventy percent of all businesses. The idea is simple: if workers can see each other and don’t have walls between them, creativity and productivity increase. But as The New Yorker reports, “a growing body of evidence suggests that the ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on June 6, 2014
  • Apples to Apples

    Were you ever one of those techs that questioned the utility of parallel testing?  Ok, I admit it, me too! I used to think that lot-to-lot verification, also referred to as crossover studies or parallel testing, was a nuisance, but that is because I didn’t fully understand it. Therefore, I get it when customers call me with questions ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on June 3, 2014
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