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Indispensable Med/Lab Skills

Indispensable Med/Lab Skills

Jennifer LeClaire / Monster Contributing Writer

Stays Calm

One of the most critical characteristics for today’s busy med/lab worker is the ability to handle pressure without cracking.

Problem-Solves

The best and brightest will look for solutions to everyday problems.

Exerts Extra Effort

As an extension of problem-solving, indispensable med/lab workers will put forth the extra effort needed to find solutions to routine problems.

Never Goes Around Automated Systems

Automated systems exist to reduce human error and make the lab more efficient. Indispensable employees will never go around these systems, because leveraging new technologies is part of advancing the industry.

Sets Attainable Objectives

Effective med/lab techs will know what can be achieved and will set about to pursue those goals aggressively.

Achieves Accuracy

“Being detail-oriented is extremely important, because even though we use high tech equipment, we still need a precise attitude in terms of quality control,” says Barbara Brown, past president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. “Indispensable medical technologists pay attention to the minute details of testing, and have good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.”

Keith Nelson, administrator of the pathology department at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, agrees that an eye for detail is perhaps the most critical skill.


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