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Inconsistency in the Professional Identity of Laboratory Practitioners Contributes to the Workforce Shortage

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (June 29, 2020)
Presented by Michelle Butina, PhD, Kathy Doig, PhD, Kate Hadlich, Catherine Otto, PhD, & Linda Smith, PhD
Practitioners who identify strongly with their profession are less likely to leave the laboratory workforce. A strong professional identity (PI) is crucial to enhancing workplace roles and, in turn, employee retention. Learn how PI contributes to retention and the steps managers can take to strengthen PI.

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

  1. Define and discuss professional identity and characteristics of our professional identity.
  2. Explain how professional identity is tied to employee retention.
  3. List strategies professionals and managers can use to enhance professional identity of staff members.

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 (1) Florida credit hour in the area of General/Administration 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 intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.