Thought I’d just mention that since we don’t get much PR or anything.
Virtually everyone at some point needs the services of a medical lab and the people who work there but hardly anyone ever sees us. Ever had any blood drawn for testing? Submitted a sample in a cup at the doctor’s office? Been tested for strep throat? Or pregnancy (hopefully not at the same time)? Had blood crossmatched for a transfusion during surgery? Or even had an employment drug screen done? All these things and a myriad of others are done by people like us. We provide the information needed by the physicians to accurately diagnose and treat the patient.
Oh, sure, not everyone is as dedicated and hard-working as me ;), but by and large the people I’ve known in this field for the last fourteen and a half years really care about the work they do. We may not see the patients we’re working for but that doesn’t mean we aren’t keenly aware of our connection to them. I actually follow the progress of the patients I work on, I like to know when they get better and can leave the hospital to go back home to their families and friends. It’s about the only satisfaction I get some days, especially in this era of less money, more work and no help.
So take a moment at the begining of your busy day if you will to think of the people you can’t see working to keep you healthy. Invisible maybe but valuable too.
Note: no public funds were used in the taping of this announcement.