Discuss about the Pathology and Lab Medicine for Interprofessional Practice.
As a placement student at Rmit University histopathology lab, having idea about the importance of communication and team work is essential to effective performance in workplace. The importance of communication in workplace is that it has the potential to bring efficiency in work activities and reduce chances of errors. In the context of clinical or lab based work, it is necessary to accurately communicate critical information between interprofessional team. Each professional enters into practice with different skill set and development of core competencies for collaborative interprofessional practice enhances the decision making process and accountability in work.
In the context of communication forms adapted in histopathology lab, staffs mainly communicate with each other in two ways. First is the verbal form of communication with laboratory supervisor in the laboratory. The purpose of verbal communication is to clarify lab staffs and students regarding their role in maintaining the safety and efficiency of the work and ensuring optimal conditions of the laboratory. In addition, written forms of communication are also seen between laboratory staffs and supervisor. Written communication is done for several purpose such as in urgent case where staffs can contact supervisor by email to communicate their concerns during lab work. Written recommendation is also provided by supervisors to resolve problems arising during histopathology work. On the whole written and verbal communication is essential for establishing positive and productive relationship.
Histopathology lab is a service where the workload is huge due to numerous data exchange and request for results reporting. As each staffs handle numerous data sets, there need to be a system for dissemination of different data sets. For example, in Rmit pathology lab, information about practical classes is mainly disseminated to the students by the teaching staffs. This mainly gives detail about the scheduled practical classes and the methods needed to prepare the lab before the practical classes. Specific information is also provided to newly placed students regarding the specific technique needed to prepare reagents and take necessary precautions while preparing certain reagents.
As a placement student in histopathology lab, I try to maintain good working environment by complying to laboratory safety responsibilities and adhering to safe lab practice. To ensure safe working environment, I always follow the oral and written University and departmental safety instruction while conducting laboratory work. I wear personal protective equipment with me whenever I am inside the lab and I try to refrain from manipulating or handling any laboratory material in which I have no knowledge regarding safety instruction. In addition, I always take professional advice or opinion from supervisor when I am in doubt regarding any procedure. Paying attention to small details ensure that better work environment is maintained by me.
As a newly place student, working as a team can be major challenge in lab based work. This is because other lab staffs or students are competent in their work and they have their own pace of doing work. However, as I am new to the work, I may delay their work or cause unexpected disruptions during the process. This challenge can be addressed only with time as certain time is required to build effective professional relationship with the team.
The essay summarized the importance of communication and team work in maintaining good working environment in a laboratory. From the above discussion regarding communication about safety practices in lab based work and the commitment to maintain good working environment in the laboratory, new placed students can enhance the efficiency of lab results and deliver productive work too.
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