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Clinical laboratory scientists' view of the competencies needed for current practice.
Clin Lab Sci 1999 Mar-Apr; 12(2):98-103CL

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To provide a current description of competent clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs) that can be used as a guide for educators, practitioners, and students.

DESIGN

A survey of clinical laboratory science (CLS) practitioners was developed to assess current work settings and important competencies in those settings. The survey also addressed graduate school enrollment and the impact of multi-skilling on current practice.

SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS

135 graduates of the Division of Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1987 to 1996.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Participants' responses to questions about their current job titles, clinical specialty, type of institution, multi-skilling, graduate school enrollment, and the competencies they considered important for their jobs were analyzed to provide a description of current practice.

RESULTS

The response rate for the survey was 73%. The majority of the respondents were employed as staff CLSs in medium to large hospitals. Thirteen percent of the respondents indicated that they had graduate degrees and an additional 13% were currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program. Fourteen percent of the respondents reported that they were working in the laboratory profession and were performing some health care skills not included in the CLS program. The graduates described 15 major areas of competence important for current clinical practice. The skill or competency mentioned most frequently by the respondents was interpersonal skills followed by flexibility. Competence in technical and scientific skills was ranked third and problem solving abilities was ranked fourth.

CONCLUSION

The results of this study describe a CLS practitioner who is able to communicate well with others as a team member; flexible and open to change in the work environment; technically component; able to solve problems and correlate clinical information; organized; and involved in the management and leadership of the clinical laboratory. This description can help educators design curricula, guide practitioners' self assessment, and inform students who are considering a career in CLS.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Clinical Laboratory Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 27599-7145, USA. sbeck@css.unc.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10387494

Citation

Beck, S J., and R J. Laudicina. "Clinical Laboratory Scientists' View of the Competencies Needed for Current Practice." Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, vol. 12, no. 2, 1999, pp. 98-103.
Beck SJ, Laudicina RJ. Clinical laboratory scientists' view of the competencies needed for current practice. Clin Lab Sci. 1999;12(2):98-103.
Beck, S. J., & Laudicina, R. J. (1999). Clinical laboratory scientists' view of the competencies needed for current practice. Clinical Laboratory Science : Journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, 12(2), pp. 98-103.
Beck SJ, Laudicina RJ. Clinical Laboratory Scientists' View of the Competencies Needed for Current Practice. Clin Lab Sci. 1999;12(2):98-103. PubMed PMID: 10387494.
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