My name is Lindsay Stark and I graduated from Wayne State College in 2018. I earned my degree from Wayne State in Life Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Lab Science. I'm a three to one student. So what that means is I did three years of my curriculum at Wayne State College, and then did one year at Nebraska Methodist Hospital down in Omaha. So I'm currently employed with Sanford Laboratories. I'm a lead Medical Laboratory scientist out in the Sanford 32nd Ellis building. So my day to day job here is just to kind of process, analyze, and collect patient samples, just making sure that we're performing the right test, on the right patient, at the right time. Laboratory isn't always seen as such a huge part of people's care team. But we're very much behind the scenes, helping to determine your doctor's plan of action and kind of your treatment care plan.
I oversee two other clinics as well as the 32nd mouse location. I oversee Sanford's 49th and Oxbow family clinic as well as the clinic for Sanford and Beresford. So I usually get to the St. Bernard 32nd our location by eight o'clock in the morning. And then at that point, I'm just I'm in the lab, and we're just trying to help out. We all do really well with floating around to try to, you know, better serve our patients here, people that come here, who they are. Always feeling 100% it's not just for an annual checkup. So we try to do that, you know, that light source for them and just kind of see that feedback and that positive energy. I usually do a lot of kolodny right away in the morning. And then throughout the day, I'm kind of just floating around working on some paperwork, working on our analyzers, making sure that everything gets up and running, and is functional. I chose my state, because I'm originally from Northeast Nebraska. So it is very close to home and I wanted to be able to be close because I still have a lot of younger siblings that were in high school at that time, so I wanted to be able to be there to support them. I also chose it because I wanted that small town feel but I still wanted to be able to get the most bang for my buck. Wayne really did prepare me for being out in the workforce and you know, motivating myself and trying to push myself to the best of my ability. I went through Wayne State because they have a great science program and I knew that that was going to prepare me for my MLS training down at Nebraska Methodist. One piece of advice that I would give someone that's looking into going into medical laboratory science is job shadow, get out there, get exposed, go to clinics go to hospitals, then you kind of see the whole picture. And it's very nice to still be in the backgrounds but still be very much present in that patient care team.