ASCLS Today is the membership newsletter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

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Hassan Aziz

Professional Advocacy

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Hassan Aziz, PhD, FACSs, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President Our profession is facing difficult times recruiting and retaining the laboratory personnel required to do the work. Even with significant sign-on bonuses and incentives for openings, jobs remain vacant, and laboratories must decide whether to continue running their costly advertisements, pay…

Constance Stager

Advocate for Yourself and Your Lab

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Constance Stager, MT(ASCP), ASCLS Region IX Director The theme of this issue of ASCLS Today, Professional Advocacy, is one that I have found myself giving quite some thought to lately considering the pandemic and the lab’s vital role in patient testing. The pandemic has provided an opportunity for…

Article about laboratoy staff in St. Cloud Times

Laboratory Advocate: That is, YOU!

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Cindy Johnson MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Past President During my ASCLS presidential term (2019-20), I stressed the importance of advocating for the laboratory profession as well as the professional. I challenged you to find your “why”—your purpose, the reason you chose the laboratory profession. Then I encouraged you to…

Christal Lane

History Has its Eyes on You

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Christal Lane, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum Let me set the stage for you … The year is 2020. It’s early in the year, around January. Laboratory professionals in their morning huddles gather to hear their laboratory directors bring up the new “novel” virus coming out of…

Rick Panning

Advocating with the C-Suite

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Rick Panning, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM As a professional organization, ASCLS is well known for its advocacy efforts for the profession with state and federal regulators and legislators. Equally as important is advocacy efforts in the workplace with the executive decision-makers, the C-Suite. One of the expectations of laboratory leaders…

CLEC 2019 attendees

Make Memories at CLEC 2022

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 DeAnne Maxwell, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, CLEC 2022 Steering Committee Chair On a snowy day in February 1994, I boarded a plane bound for Newport, Rhode Island, with fellow Indiana MLS program educators Linda Kasper and Bunny Rodak, to attend what would be my first, but definitely not my last,…

ASCLS Political Action Committee Table

Your PAC Dollars are Working!

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Stephanie K. Mabry, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCM, ASCLS Political Action Committee Chair If you’ve ever been to a Joint Annual Meeting or the Laboratory Legislative Symposium, you’ve likely seen the ASCLS Political Action Committee (PAC) table. It’s hard to miss with the festive red, white, and blue décor! As you…

Alex Shaw

Advocacy from a Student’s Perspective

Volume 35 Number 6 | December 2021 Alex Shaw, ASCLS Developing Professionals Forum Councilor-at-Large As an MLS student and active ASCLS member, I have become more and more aware of the issues that plague the clinical laboratory. There are many laboratory personnel getting closer to retirement, not enough new graduates ready to fill those openings,…