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- The Importance of Communication
- Every Laboratory Role Communicates, From Phlebotomists to Pathologists
- Everyone Can Develop Their Skills to be a Leader and an Effective Communicator
- Communication is Both Verbal and Non-verbal
- Research shows that communication consists more of non-verbal cues than verbal cues. Non-verbal cues include tone of voice, body language, and eye con...
- Communication and Patient Safety
- Communication and Laboratory Customer Service
- Communication and Employee Well-Being and Satisfaction
- The Importance of Communication Summary
- Developing effective communication skills is important in the laboratory setting because:
- Risks of Miscommunication
- Developing our Communication Skills
- Emotional Intelligence
- Emotional Intelligence is Developing Our Self-awareness, Self-management, and Awareness and Influence of Others.
- What are the four aspects that make up Emotional Intelligence according to Daniel Goleman?
- Self-awareness Exercise
- Self-awareness, Self-management, and Our Three States of Mind
- Mindfulness, Self-awareness, and Self-management
- Self-management Exercise
- Yelling at your coworker because you don't agree with them is an example of responding from which state of mind?
- Social Awareness
- Sympathy, Compassion, and Shame
- Empathy is...?
- Practicing Social Awareness
- When you practice active listening you...?
- Relationship Management
- Emotional Intelligence Summary
- Communicating Expectations
- Communication Tools
- Managing Up
- What is "Managing Up"?
- Managing Up and Emotional Intelligence
- All of the following are examples of how to Manage Up, EXCEPT?
- Closed-Loop Communication
- Practicing Closed-loop Communication
- Closed-loop communication is common in military and healthcare settings, but can be used in any setting in which the following needs to occur:
- AIDET stands for?
- How to Use AIDET
- "I will be drawing four tubes today. Your samples will then be sent to the laboratory. You should contact your doctor for your test results and any ot...
- Communication Case Studies
- Telephone Communication Tools
- Email Communication Tools
- Email Etiquette
- Email Example A
- Email Example B
- Which of the two previous email examples was better?
- Making the Most of Meetings
- Meetings as a Practice in Non-verbal Communication
- Scheduling a Meeting
- Conducting and Attending Meetings
- Communication before and after is important to conducting an effective and productive meeting and should include which of the following?
- One-on-One Meetings
- The benefits of One-on-One meetings include all of the following, EXCEPT:
- The Role of Human Resources
- The Role of Human Resources
- Even with good communication there may still be instances in which it is necessary to include the skills of Human Resource professionals.
- Creating a Culture of Communication
- Create a Culture of Communication
- Post Action Plan
Intended audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Level of instruction: Basic
Course description: This course is an introduction to the importance of communication and how it can positively and negatively impact our work environment. This course will go through a discussion of the dominant role communication plays in patient safety, customer service, employee well-being and satisfaction, and possible risks associated with miscommunication. With a focus on emotional intelligence as a foundation to effective communication, this course details what emotional intelligence is and how leaders can develop it within themselves to improve their own communication and their relationships with others. Throughout this course are tools that can be implemented in any laboratory to help construct communication training and build a culture of communication. With an emphasis that all laboratory roles can be leaders, Communication Basics for Leaders will reframe the way we think about communication within the laboratory.
Author information: Abigail Brown DiScipio, MFS, MLS(ASCP)CM received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and a Master in Forensic Science from Boston University. Abigail has 15 years of experience working in the laboratory with a focus in chemistry, quality management, patient safety, regulatory compliance, laboratory safety, and clinical education.
Reviewer Information: Angela Shannon, M(ASCP)CM holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and minor in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has over 9 years of working experience in the clinical laboratory setting with a particular focus in Microbiology, Point of Care Testing, and clinical education. She is currently a Technical Consultant with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics where she combines her passion for laboratory training, education, and communication. She also provides hands on STD microscopy training to infectious disease fellows at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center.