Affective Skills

As a student in our AAS and BS programs, you will demonstrate attainment of the following professional affective behavioral skills according to these qualifying descriptions:

Honesty

You will demonstrate honesty by accepting quality control values only when within acceptable limits, and will properly record the results in accordance to the lab's established QC protocol.

You will demonstrate honesty in all areas of laboratory work, to include performing and documenting daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance procedures, temperature checks, etc.

You will demonstrate honesty by maintaining strict patient confidentiality regarding laboratory test results, diagnosis and treatment.

You will demonstrate honesty by personally completing and reporting all laboratory tests in strict adherence to the laboratory's standard operating procedures (SOPs), taking no shortcuts or unauthorized modifications in those SOPs.

Personal Interactive Skills

You will demonstrate appropriate professional behavior by working with coworkers in a productive, positive, non-aggressive and non-combative manner that will promote a smooth and productive workflow.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional behavior by refraining from making statements or actions, or encouraging the same from others, which represent sexual, racial, ethnic or homophobic harassment.  

Organization

You will demonstrate a high degree of organizational skills by being able to work on multiple tasks in a logical fashion without detrimentally affecting the timely reporting of patient results or the quality of the test results.

Professional Demeanor

You will demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor by promptly and consistently attending all laboratory sessions and following all safety and other procedural guidelines for performance and behavior consistent with OSHA, CAP and other university requirements.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor by consistently remaining in the work area during scheduled lab times and completing all required work in willing and thorough manner.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor by adhering to the current dress and appearance codes while in the laboratory setting.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor by willingly and consistently using all appropriate personal safety devices required by OSHA, CAP and JCAHO when handling caustic, infectious or hazardous materials.

You will demonstrate a high degree of professional demeanor by consistently cleaning your work area when leaving the laboratory, returning all supplies, glassware and reagents to their appropriate storage locations, and disinfecting all necessary work areas used by or assigned to you.

You will demonstrate a high degree of professional demeanor by consistently correctly notifying all coworkers in the event of chemical, radiation, physical or biohazard spills or accidents, and then correctly following the appropriate clean-up and decontamination procedures specified by the laboratory.

Professional Responsibility

You will demonstrate appropriate professional affective behavior by correctly reporting all patient test values, as well as recognizing and correctly reporting all patient critical test values.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional affective behavior by correctly recognizing erroneous test values that represent serious pre-analytical error, such as hemolyzed, lipemic or icteric specimens, or specimens that were obtained using an incorrect anticoagulant.

You will demonstrate appropriate professional affective behavior by refraining from switching patient results, or reporting patient results when there is a discrepancy in specimen labeling or handling, incorrect specimen handling, incorrect times of collection, incorrect medical record (or accession - requisition) numbers.

Critical Incidents

The following critical incident examples will impede or disqualify you from attaining your professional affective behavioral skills and also may affect your program standing and/or program acceptance. Incidents that result in automatic dismissal from the program are noted:

  • Falsifying laboratory data in any way "sink-testing." Automatic dismissal from the course and the program.
  • Cheating during exams or quizzes or during exam review. Automatic dismissal from the course and the program.
  • Reporting test results on the wrong unknown or switching values on patients or unknowns.
  • Unauthorized disclosure of patient (unknown) information.
  • Changing test value (from unacceptable to an acceptable results).
  • Testing to compliance with controls.
  • Repeatedly entering fictitious values in the computer until one is acceptable by the computer program.
  • Failing to identify and correctly report a Critical Patient Value.
  • Failing to properly clean up spills of reagents, biological specimens or broken glass.
  • Reporting test values incorrectly (i.e. decimal errors, inaccurate units, etc.).
  • Failure to follow standard Universal Safety Precautions or OSHA regulations (i.e. not wearing lab coat, safety glasses, gloves when required, etc.).
  • Bringing food and/or drink in the lab, or storing food in any laboratory refrigerator or freezer.
  • Unexcused absence or tardiness to scheduled laboratory class periods or practicums.
  • Leaving work or lab area messy and failing to properly wash hands, glassware or equipment. 

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