Perceptions of future roles for clinical laboratory scientists



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Clinical laboratory scientists have in the past decade experienced an extremely rapidly changing working environment. Many factors have contributed to these changes including changing technology and automation; changing numbers and educational levels of laboratory personnel; trends within the American health care environment and trends within the economic structure related to health care funding. The rapid changes in very recent years have precipitated a crisis related to defining a role identity for this profession. This lack of role identity is exhibited in such symptoms as low levels of job satisfaction, high turnover and attrition rates, and professional burnout. Without a clearly defined role (role ambiguity), it is not possible to completely socialize neophytes into the role expected of the professional. Faulty role socialization leads in turn to role conflict. Unless the conflict can be resolved, the person finds a way to relieve the stress caused by the role strain. The person may stay in the occupation and progress from dissatisfied to burned-out, or may leave the occupation entirely. [...]



Scientists--Job stress, Allied health personnel--Job stress