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President's Messages

From ASCLS-ND President Sharon Reistad


December 2016

Well as the song says "the weather out side is frightful" and Christmas is just around the corner.  I hope this finds everyone safe, warm and ready for the season.  ASCLS-ND is offering you a "gift" with membership.  If you renew by Jan 1, 2017 your name goes into a drawing for a free state meeting registration.  If you renew by Feb. 1, 2017 your name will go in to a drawing for a 1/2 price state meeting registration BUT you must let me know that you have renewed...So fill out this coupon once you have renewed and send it in, or send me an email with your renewal date and I will get your name put in. 


I am thankful for all the members we currently have and hopeful that we will continue to grow as an organization in the new year. 

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration.  Stay safe and warm!


November 2016

Happy Fall Ya'll! 
With all of the beautiful weather it is hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas close on it's heals.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organization.  My ASCLS family is so special to me.  My favorite thing about this time of year is that I get to give my family gifts (which makes me very happy).  So keeping with that family giving spirit ASCLS-ND is offering every member who renews by January 1, 2017 an opportunity to win free registration to the state meeting which will be held in Grand Forks  on April 24-25, 2017.  Or if you renew by Feb 1, 2017 you will have the chance to win 1/2 off your registration to the state meeting.   So fill out this coupon once you have renewed and send it in.  If you like you may email it back to me at
[email protected].  Have a wonderful holiday season!


October 2016

Happy Halloween everyone!  Hope you are all getting ready for winter as I think it is coming.  Wanted everyone to know that we will now be posting the Newsletter on the ASCLS.org website under the North Dakota Society Community Page.  We are also sending it out via email at this time since the posting to the website is new.  You can also find it on our ASCLSND.org website.  I would love to see some pictures of you or your lab decorated for the Halloween season.  So if you have some please send to me so we can share.  Have a safe and happy holiday!  

 

Sharon Reistad ASCLS-ND president

[email protected]

August / September 2016

Let me introduce myself. My name is Sharon Reistad. I am the 2016 ASCLS-ND President. That's me in the picture, second from the left, accepting an award for ASCLS-ND (2nd place - membership % increase) at the National Meeting in Philadelphia in August.  Thanks to all the members who made this award possible!

 

I am a generalist currently working for The Center For Family Medicine in Minot, ND. We are a family practice residency program owned and operated by the University of North Dakota. I have worked for them since graduating in 1996.

 

I would personally like to invite you to the 2016 Region V Symposium which is being held Thursday and Friday Oct 6 & 7th in Fargo, ND at the Baymont Inn and Suites!  Continuing education classes begin at 12:30 on Thursday with "10 Things You Should Know about Zika Virus", and end after the last speaker at 12:00 on Friday - "Disruptive Belief: Memes, Mission and the Mythos of the Slimy Salesman", with much more in between.  For full schedule and registration check the ASCLS-ND homepage.  I hope to see you there!


President's Messages

From ASCLS-ND President Nicole Lemieux

June/July 2016





Picture (starting in the upper left-hand corner going clockwise): 

  • 2014 national meeting ASCLS booth;
  • my first ASCLS national meeting in 2010 as the Student Rep; 
  • 2014 receiving my constituent society member of the year award from president JR Constance at the national meeting; 
  • visiting the Whitehouse while lobbying in behalf of ASCLS in 2012; 
  • whitecoat ceremony with my husband in January;
  • 2015 national meeting with the ND crew





This is the last message for 2015-2016 ASCLS-ND President Nicole Lemieux:


 

I have a lot to thank ASCLS for.  I became a member in college for the sole reason to apply for the scholarship (which I received, thank you!).  Looking back now, it really has been one of the most worthwhile decisions I've ever made.  Through ASCLS I have:

- Lobbied on behalf of laboratorians

- Traveled to Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Aneheim

- Made friends throughout the country

- Learned invaluable leadership skills

- Been a meeting speaker


But even more than all that, I've grown.  You don't expect to keep growing after college, but with ASCLS I've grown into a more confident and assured person.  I know for a fact I would not be where I am today if not for my time with ASCLS.

 

I would like to thank all of ASCLS-ND.  Our membership is the highest I've seen since becoming a member.  I don't take the credit for it, but I will thank you all for helping that number grow.  

 

I would like to thank my board members.  I still think of myself as a rookie ASCLS member.  The mentorship more experience members provide is invaluable.  I'm sure some of you got sick of my emails, but I couldn't have made it this far without your help.  And I look at our younger board members and am just in awe of how readily they step up and take on new challenges.  Thank you.

 

Thank you to the committee chairs, contacts, and website chairs.  There's no way one person could do all the work that needs to get done and so I thank you all for stepping up to the plate.

 

What's next for me?  Well, some of you may already know, but I'm 317 days away from graduating from PA school (but who's counting?). I sometimes feel like a traitor for leaving the lab, but I also look at it as another way to promote our lab profession.  Not only has the lab prepared me for my new career (you wouldn't believe the times my classmates have said, "I wish I had your background"), but it gives me a chance to educate other providers about the lab.  My clinical preceptor already uses my lab test tube knowledge for add-ons. :) 

 

This time next year I'll be preparing to start my new career, likely in a small town where one of you work in the lab.  Please say hi!  And don't worry, my days with ASCLS are far from over.  You never know, you still may see me popping up at state meetings as a speaker or to take in a session or two. 

 

Thank you!

 

Nicole Lemieux


MAY 2016

With the Spring Meeting in Bismarck this year, I thought I'd share some of my favorite things to do in Bismarck!  And a couple things that are still on my bucket list :)

 

Places to Eat: 

  • McKenzie River - my favorite food is pizza so of course McKenzie River is on my list
  • Peacock Alley - Definitely my favorite place to eat in town and it's right across the street from the meeting! And it's got a pretty cool history! http://peacock-alley.com/our-history/
  • Blarney Stone - Another downtown favorite.  Sit in garage and enjoy a pear cider

 

Places to Shop:

  • Kirkwood Mall - just up the road with Target, Scheels, and the usual favorites
  • Kittsona and Apricot Lane - Cute boutiques within walking distance of the hotel
  • Gateway Mall - the "older" mall still has some neat shops, especially if you like antiques

 

What to do:

  • Heritage Center - this is on my bucket list.  I haven't been since I was a kid and I keep trying to talk my husband into a day trip.
  • Gateway to Science - Another bucket list.  I bet they've got really neat science things in the gift shop! 
  • Dakota Zoo - We took my grandparents here for their 50th wedding anniversary and have the sweetest picture of them on the train together.  One of my favorite memories of them.

 

P.S.  How was everyone's Lab Week?  Anyone else do the Lab Week Run?  

APRIL 2016

It's time to celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!  Not only is Lab Week a great time to celebrate the lab, it's also the perfect time to educate the public about the lab!  And so I challenge you to take Lab Week and the entire month of April and use that time to make a difference.  In fact, why not do a 30 day challenge? 

 

Every day of April ASCLS will have a challenge question on their Facebook and Instagram accounts (@IAMASCLS). You can post back straight to them or take the opportunity to post on your own social media accounts!  Just be sure to use #Lab4Life.

Day 1: Write about your first job or internship
Day 2: List 5 things you love about medical laboratory science
Day 3: Write about your average day at work or school
Day 4: What gives your career meaning?
Day 5: What one thing did someone do for you that made you know you were appreciated professionally?
Day 6: How did you find out about a career in MLS?
Day 7: What are your career goals?
Day 8: Thank another healthcare professional
Day 9: Name a laboratory practice that carries over into your personal life
Day 10: Post a self portrait in your lab coat
Day 11: What’s in your lab coat pocket?
Day 12: What do you get excited about at work or school?
Day 13: Write about someone who inspires you in your career
Day 14: Write about your best day at work or school
Day 15: What is important to you at work or school
Day 16: Name a few of your strengths
Day 17: Write about someone who helped you when you were struggling
Day 18: Post a silly photo of you and a coworker or classmate in the lab
Day 19: Say something nice about your coworkers or classmates
Day 20: Give us your best advice to a new employee or graduate
Day 21: What do you do to improve your skills?
Day 22: What is your favorite test to perform?
Day 23: Name 3 things you’re grateful for at work or school
Day 24: What do you do to relieve stress?
Day 25: What shift do you work and what do you like best about that shift.
Day 26: What is the weirdest question you’ve ever gotten in the lab?
Day 27: Share something funny that happened at work or school
Day 28: What made you become a medical laboratory professional?
Day 29: What is your most recent accomplishment?
Day 30: Correct a common misconception of medical laboratory professionals



MARCH 2016

This year's state meeting charity is the Ronald McDonald house.  While I myself have never used the RMHC's services, I do have friends who have and was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer at a home during college.  A friend of mine lost a sister to cancer at a young age and shared her story of how the Ronald McDonald home had helped her and her family throughout.  It's a heartbreaking story that shows just how important a Ronald McDonald house can be during a time of need.  Here's a little bit more about RMHC taken straight from their own website:

It’s something we see every day – children healing because they’re surrounded by their families. And while RMHC may not be able to make the medicine taste better or erase the pain of a much-needed treatment, we have helped lessen the burden for nearly 5.7 million families in 2014. Since 1974, our network of local Chapters have been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together – giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home. These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 60 countries and regions across the globe.

The Bismarck Ronald McDonald home (pictured) opened its doors in July of 1992, giving the community a place for families to stay and receive comfort during the time they need it most. 


Attendees of the 2016 ASCLS-ND state meeting have the opportunity to benefit this home and it's occupants.  Check out the RMHC wishlist for the Bismarck location here. 


By contributing items on wishlist, YOU can make a big difference in the lives of people going through difficult times!!

 



FEBRUARY 2016

It's time to start nominating for the ASCLS-ND open board positions!  Openings are:

 

President - Elect (3 year term)

Secretary - Treasurer (2 year term)

Nominations (1 year term)

New Professionals (1 year term)

Board Member at Large (2 year term)

National Meeting Delegate

 

Nominate yourself, nominate someone else! It's an easy way to get involved, meet other laboratory professionals, and learn more about ASCLS!  And some of these positions include traveling to the national meeting in Philly this summer!  

 

Send nominations to [email protected] and look at The Connection for more information!



JANUARY 2016

For January, ASCLS - ND would like to highlight PAC - Political Action Committee.  Read below to learn a little bit more about PAC as taken from the ASCLS PAC web page. 

 

Healthcare in the United States has unfortunately evolved into a complex and intricate network of legislation and regulation. Legislation approved today can vastly change the future course of a profession — our profession. It is the responsibility of the profession itself and its members to keep lawmakers fully informed and cognizant of the key issues that may directly impact us.


To provide the needed information to our lawmakers, it is necessary to gain access and attention. ASCLS/PAC is designed to do just that — to gain access and obtain the attention of lawmakers.


By providing campaign contributions to a carefully selected number of candidates, ASCLS/PAC helps ensure the re-election of lawmakers who have been sensitive to the needs of the clinical laboratory profession. Our support for these candidates guarantees that ASCLS is well-represented in Congress.


The acronym PAC stands for Political Action Committee, a voluntary nonprofit organization created to provide financial and educational support for the election campaigns of responsible candidates for Congress. All PACs are legal, ethical and strictly regulated by federal law, which limits the amount of individual contributions and requires full and regular disclosure.


ASCLS/PAC offers members a simple, convenient way to influence the elections process and actively participate in the federal decision-making process. Through the PAC, ASCLS members are able to unite together to gain the attention of candidates for national political office.


In another sense, your support and generous contributions to the ASCLS/PAC represents your Positive Action and Commitment.

Make sure to check out the upcoming newsletter to learn more about PAC and about how YOU can help make a difference in YOUR government!



DECEMBER 2015

As the year comes to a close I'd like to take a stroll down memory lane (as with these warm temps I can't go for a Winter Wonderland Walk!).


 In March myself and Jozey Keith attended the Legislative Symposium in Washington, D.C. I always leave the Legislative Symposium feeling so empowered.  It really is awe inspiring what a grass roots member can accomplish and the Legislative Symposium is a perfect example of that persistence.


In April we all came together in Minot for the spring meeting.  There were games with the vendors, great speakers from the Air Force base and around town, and times spent catching up with old and new friends alike.  I head to the spring meeting every year excited for the speakers and maybe some fun swag from the vendors, but when I leave I get a little sad knowing that it could be another year before I get to see some of my lab family again.


In July our ASCLS-ND delegates took to Atlanta, GA for the national meeting. My first ASCLS national meeting was what got me hooked in this organization as a student.  It's an experience I wish every one of our members could experience. It's the best opportunity to learn about ASCLS and see everything it can do for you in person.


In October we met as a region at the Region V Fall Symposium in Alexandria, MN.  While the Arrowwood Resort is in an absolute stunning location along the lake, I'm excited that we will again be rotating the meeting, starting with our very own Fargo next year.


And lastly we have December. In December I'd like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays from myself and everyone at ASCLS-ND!  We can't wait to ring in the new year with you!