Release Date: Apr 2018
CC: PC, MK, PBL, ICS, PR, SBP
Peggy A. Mann, MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Manager, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Perhaps the majority of non-laboratory trained personnel performing clinical laboratory testing are nurses. Additionally, POC operators who must be trained include MDs, perfusionists, cath lab techs, and radiology techs. Add in the variety of POC tests currently available in the hospital and the ambulatory (clinic, MD practice) settings, and one perceives that it behooves those who are training non-laboratorians to carefully consider the appropriate way to approach and to execute the variety of training required to ensure that a high standard of quality laboratory testing is met. This program seeks to instruct those designing and carrying out a training program for non-laboratorians and will expand to include hematologic and coagulation POC testing. Included are strategies and tools to enhance participant instruction related to a variety of learning characteristics. A discussion of trainer characteristics demonstrates that carrying out a successful training and competency assessment program means the trainer has the responsibility to engage learners and make relevant the information to each participant (trainee). Both waived complexity and non-waived complexity point of care testing will be discussed. The partnership between the instructor and the trainee can be a rewarding one for both parties.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe an overall training objective in the pursuit of training non-laboratorians.
- Design a new or enhance an existing training program for non-laboratorians.
- Compare and contrast competency and competency assessment with an application to waived and non-waived complexity testing.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Doctoral Scientists, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists and Technicians, POC Coordinators, Students