Medical Laboratory Professionals week is April 19-25, 2015. According to Wikipedia, medical lab professionals can be medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, clinical scientists, or clinical laboratory technologists. They are the healthcare professionals who analyze your pleasant bodily fluids, like blood, urine, and stool. These medical lab professionals work in hospital labs, doctor’s offices, clinics, blood donor centers, and government or research facilities. Education ranges from an Associates, Bachelor’s, or Master of Science degree. The degree obtained determines the pay-gradeas well.
Medical lab professionals perform an array of tests, some simple and others more complex. Examples include: allergy, paternity, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, HIV, drug, alcohol, cholesterol, thyroid, hormone, and many others. The results of the particular test performed influence physicians on the medical treatment a patient receives. As a result, there is no room for error. Surprisingly though, it’s ranked as one of the best jobs based on salary, stress level, work environment, physical demands, and job outlook.
A medical lab professional is one of the many thankless jobs that often goes unnoticed in the healthcare industry. To quote ONELab, “Not all heroes wear capes, some wear lab coats.” On The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science website, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides a unique opportunity to educate and increase public appreciation for lab personnel in patient care.
So how can you say thank you to the dedicated lab personnel that you know personally or may come in contact with during the week? Below are 11 simple things you can do to let medical lab professionals know you appreciate all their hard work:
- Give them a heartfelt thank you in person.
- Write a good old fashioned thank you letter.
- Send out a tweet using #lab4life to spread awareness.
- Order a “Keep Calm and Trust Your Lab Tech” t-shirt and wear it proudly.
- Take the team to lunch or order in.
- Bring in homemade desserts or have an ice cream social for the team.
- Throw an appreciation party – rent a nacho or hot dog machine, have a masseuse on hand to give 10-minute massages, have a dance party, raffle off prizes, or play games.
- Let the team leave early throughout the week, based on coverage of course.
- Give a gift card or cash bonus.
- Go on a team outing, like bowling, theme park, team building facility, etc.
- Put together a gift basket of all their favorite things.
The most important thing to remember is to be genuine. The simplest of thank yous can be the most meaningful if they are from the heart. How do you plan on celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals week? Let us know in the comments section!