Crunch Time In Health Care Staffing

By Matthew Mann Minarik, PA

Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic - c 1981

Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic
c 1981

I’ve been around medical labs since the ‘80s. I worked in two labs; at the Cleveland Free Clinic and the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic (in fact, I examined the very first HIV Positive patients there in 1981 – poor souls).  Back then oftentimes we would exam the patient and then do the gram stain or U/A ourselves (PPMP) – it was old-time medicine.

As a Physician Assistant and as someone who, in a limited fashion, worked the bench, I understand both sides of the door; the door to the patients, and the door to the lab.  Both sides of the door have two things in common; 1 – they care about people and ‘doing the job right’, and 2 – there is not enough time in the day to do things as thoroughly as you would like.  It’s not as if there are quality issues that governing bodies need to worry about, but everyone I worked with would have liked a little more time just to breathe a little and to verify that every step was done perfectly. [Read more…]

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