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Professionalism: Becoming a Professional

In this module on Becoming a Professional, participants will learn the basics of what it means to be and how to become a professional. The module begins with the individual professional and the development of the habit and skills that will cultivate the individual's professional persona so that they can excel in their workplace setting. Next we review the ways in which those individuals operate as members of a diverse healthcare team and the standards and team-based skills one must adopt to work effectively with others. And finally, we briefly review the process of cultivating your professional identity and your relationship with those outside your professional community.
This is one of three coordinated modules focused on professionalism. The other modules are: Forming a Professional Identity and Becoming an Advocate and a Leader.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define professionalism and a strong work ethic.
  2. Outline the 3 critical skill sets which shape professional behaviors and workplace habits.
  3. Utilize self-coaching/management strategies to negotiate workplace challenges and maintain a professional demeanor.
  4. Demonstrate the appropriate professional skills to navigate the many complex relationships that exist in the workplace.
  5. Describe the basic progression from building a professional identity to participating in meaningful advocacy in the profession, and ultimately leading other professionals in the betterment of the profession.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One and one-half (1.5) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one and one-half (1.5) Florida credit hour in the area General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This basic level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.
Carol Rentas, PhD, MT(ASCP)SC
Assistant Professor and Director, HSLT Program
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Department
George Washington University