ERIC Number: ED207413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Medical Technology: Factors Contributing to Professional Attrition.
Hajek, Anna Marie; Blumberg, Phyllis
Reasons for leaving the profession of medical technology were determined through a survey of 83 technologists' attitudes and demographic characteristics. Information was obtained on the age of respondents, year of certification, number of years experience as a medical technologist, and number of years as a member of the American Society for Medical Technology. The sample was 74.4 percent female and 25.3 percent male; the mean age of the sample was 31 years; the mean year of certification was 1972; and the mean number of years of experience as a medical technologist was 4.5 years. The sample was composed largely of baccalaureate degree people. Information was also obtained on the laboratory setting at their last place of employment, the employment capacity at last employment, current employment status, and type of employment. The data of the total study sample were divided into two groups for analysis. Data from the domestic group indicated that only factors that related to home and family responsibilities influenced their professional attrition. Data from the nondomestic group indicated that the primary factors contributing to their attrition were job-related in terms of little satisfaction of the need for self-actualization. Study results suggest that a clearer definition of the role of the medical technologist in health care delivery is needed, and that an evaluation of the educational standards for the preparation of the medical technologist be undertaken. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Medical Technology (1981).