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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • You Work for Yourself, No One Else

    My dad was so proud of the fact that he worked for the same employer for 40+ years. He was never late, was rarely sick and sometimes went to work despite the fact he was under the weather. He thought he was indispensable and that his employer really valued him. To him loyalty to one employer was huge.   He received a small ...
  • Small Town Traps

    I once watched on television a fascinating experiment in which a stranger pretended to be sick on the street of a big city vs. a small town. City dwellers ignored the man, who lay on the ground writhing in pain, but almost everybody in the small town stopped to help. It’s part of the magic in small towns, that our tribe is small, our interests ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on November 3, 2014
  • 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 ...
  • Hold This For Five Minutes

    I hate tape. I don’t really mind having blood drawn, but tape is a pain. Yanking or coaxing it off, it doesn’t matter. Getting hair ripped off my arms always hurts more than a needle. So when the phlebotomist or medical assistant says, “Hold this for five minutes,” I happily comply. And if they go for the tape, I insist on holding the gauze ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 17, 2014
  • 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 ...
  • What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory- Part 2?

    In the last blog we discussed a CDC survey addressing the difficulties many providers face in ordering and interpreting laboratory tests. The providers admit to having significant challenges in both ordering tests and interpreting laboratory test results. They routinely seek help from various sources, with the laboratory ...
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