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Kim Von Ahsen

Where Will You Go?

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Kim Von Ahsen, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President As Dr. Seuss famously wrote in Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own and you know what…

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Bloom: Growing through ASCLS

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Christal M. Lane, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum Councilor-at-Large Did you have any pandemic hobbies? I’m sure many of you were too busy during the height of the pandemic to indulge in too many new leisure activities; I know my time was pretty tied up. But now…

Ali Nussbaum

Impostor Syndrome Plaguing the Laboratory

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Ali Nussbaum, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Leadership Development Committee Clinical laboratory science stereotypically attracts highly motivated, intelligent, but introverted people. With any group of high-achieving individuals, a phenomenon called impostor syndrome can occur. As laboratories grow and take on new projects, more positions become available, which also increases the…

Brett Rice

Learn from Your Struggles

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Brett M. Rice, MHS, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCMSCYMCM At the bench, our profession boils down to our ability to communicate and our ability to perform procedures. Professional communication is demonstrated by our ability to communicate thoughtfully, effectively, and constructively. Professionalism in performing procedures is demonstrated by our proficiency and our willingness…

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Challenges of COVID-19: A Laboratory Perspective

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Case Study Jasmine Boykin, MSPH, MLS(ASCP)CM Case History A 69-year-old Caucasian American male with a history of atherosclerotic heart disease, hypercholesteremia, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and prostatic cancer presented to the emergency department with a sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, headache, chills, and a near syncopal episode. The…

Kristen Coom

Standardization and Personalization Living Together

Volume 37 Number 3 | June 2023 Kristen Croom, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CMMBCM, FACHE, ASCLS Board of Directors I recently attended an education session about high-reliability organizations (HROs) and how many healthcare organizations use these concepts to reduce patient harm. A key concept in HRO is standardization by applying proven strategies that exhibit consistent outcomes. These strategies…