On August 2, 2013 I am a closing motivational speaker for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
The event, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas, will attract over 400 laboratory science professionals, most working in a hospital setting.
This crowd spends most of their day at a bench analyzing blood, urine and some tissue samples.
phlebotomists go out and collect blood samples and they are delivered to the lab intermittently during the day.
Most laboratory scientists work shift work. When they first come into work they will have a number of blood samples to analyze. Samples come in batches, early morning, mid day and intermittantly throughout the day and the work day will evolve based on lab results.
Results are submitted electronically and need to be recorded in the patients' charts in time for the physician to do his rounds that day. Over 70% of a physician's diagnosis is based on these lab results.
The industry currently has both associate (Laboratory Technician) and bachelor degrees (Medical Laboratory Scientists). The industry is evolving and moving towards an advanced practice level. This change involves the medical laboratory scientist playing a more core part of the healthcare team, helping physicians and nurses to interpret test results.
I am regularly a motivational speaker for healthcare industry events so I was not surprised to hear that the lab environment is undergoing the LEAN process improvements which is so prevalent in industry and healthcare. This ultimately means efficiency is critical; everyone is consistantly called on to do more with less.
I look forward to serving as a closing motivational speaker for this great healthcare event. My motivational speech is This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me!