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  • 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 ...
  • Ebola is a Wake Up Call

    The latest personal protective equipment guidelines from the CDC for Ebola emphasize training in donning and doffing PPE, no skin exposure, and a buddy system to make sure the process is followed. As their site states, “Focusing only on PPE gives a false sense of security of safe care and worker safety. Training is a critical aspect of ensuring ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 29, 2014
  • Vanity Metrics

    Data is what we do. From collection times to bread and butter lab test results to quality control to maintenance to report distribution and all that’s in between, laboratories collect and document more data than more departments. One of the challenges in quality assurance is choosing what to measure. The push from the QI (or whatever the ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 24, 2014
  • Get Back to Basics: Ebola and Other Things

    It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this truism when the CDC issued its new more rigorous guidelines this past Monday. There is nothing really complicated about the ...
  • For the Best Results, Hire Professionals

    The late oil well firefighter Red Adair said, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” During staffing shortages or budget crunches it can be expedient to hire a warm body but disastrous in the long run. Amateurs often don’t know what they don’t know, think they know more than they do, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on October 15, 2014
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