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Speed Learning 5: It Starts With Me! Promoting the Profession Before Students Are On Campus; Lessons Learned: A CURE in MLS; MLS is Our Story: It's Time to Share It

From the 2020 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference (February 29, 2020)
Presented by Beth Warning, Deborah Johnson and Rita Austin
This session features 3 15 minute presentations: 

  1. It Starts With Me! Promoting the Profession Before Students Are On Campus: We are the voice of the laboratory profession and are challenged to spread the word, not only to increase student interest in our programs, but to help combat the workforce shortage. This session will share recruitment tools and activities for students of all ages that peak interest and promote the profession.
  2. Lessons Learned: A CURE in MLS: A course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) included as a requirement in an established course allows each student the opportunity to be a member of a team working on a meaningful research agenda. Positive student outcomes include equal access, equitable experience, and inclusiveness for all MLS students in our program.
  3. MLS is Our Story: It's Time to Share It: MLS feel undervalued and misunderstood by nurses. Learn how an applied research project increased nurse educator’s knowledge of MLS roles and improved attitudes toward the MLS program following participation in a seminar. A desire for interprofessional education sessions involving the MLS was expressed. It’s up to us to tell our story.


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1.Identify recruitment initiatives suitable for grade school through high school students.
Describe ideas, tools, and resources for recruitment.
Discuss successful recruitment initiatives.
2.Identify the five basic parameters of a Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE).
Explain the difference between CURE and the typical laboratory "unknown" protocol.
Describe three challenges of infusing a CURE into an established MLS curricula.
3. Describe the MLS-Nurse relationship as represented in the literature.
Identify the role of the nurse educator in facilitating improved MLS-nurse relationships.
Discuss the value of inter professional education as a means to tell the MLS story.


This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one and one (1) 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 licenses.


This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.