A new textbook and workbook for medical technology students has
been co-authored and edited by faculty at The University of Southern
contributions of about 20 authors, most of whom have ties to Southern
Miss, Principles of Clinical Laboratory Management: A Study Guide
and Workbook will be published by Pearson-Prentice Hall at the end
across the United States are required to have basic management programs,"
said Southern Miss medical technology professor Dr. Jane Hudson,
who wrote 12 of the book's chapters and served as senior editor.
"This is something we developed and decided to share with the
The book covers
the essentials of basic laboratory management - personnel, regulatory
issues, quality control, continuing education and communication.
In addition to the instructional chapters, totaling 42 in all, the
book acts as a hands-on training manual for lab technicians.
Hall, professor of medical technology at Southern Miss, said the
book differs substantially from other existing versions on the topic.
"This one is more of a workbook than the others that are out
there," Hall said.
More than three
years in the works, the book is dedicated to "the many unseen
laboratory professionals who strive daily to provide quality patient
care and to our profession, which is enjoyable, provides professional
friendships, provides our livelihood and allows us an opportunity
to contribute to the welfare of our patients."
in the book include preparing resumes, employee evaluation, celebrating
diversity, stress management, telephone etiquette, accreditation
and legal considerations. A separate section provides answers for
questions and case commentaries.
goal is to balance theory and practical applications in a method
that is engaging and useful to students. Some of the chapters also
are accompanied by computer applications. Hudson said, "This
can be a self-instructional textbook, which is why I think hospitals
will be excited about it."
Elizabeth A. Zeibig, CLS series editor for Prentiss Hall Health,
the book's "theoretical information and practical application
allows learners to analyze management situations and determine appropriate
summaries followed by review questions, exercises and case studies
provide stimulating and challenging experiences for learners,"
other faculty members at Southern Miss - Dr. Carolyn Beck, Sabrina
Bryant and Dr. Mary Lux - other medical professionals from south
Mississippi made contributions to the textbook. Beth White, education
coordinator at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport; David Thrash, educational
program leader at Forrest General; and Paula Holland, educational
coordinator at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, also contributed.
"It's adaptable. Students can use this book in a clinical setting
and not just a hospital setting."