Friday, December 16, 2011

Blog 15: Entrepreneurship

Unfortunately, looking at the comparison of business person and entrepreneur, I believe that I fall under the business person aspect. I worry a lot, so trying to build a new business off of a new idea just seems like it wouldn't work for me. I would need to stick to something that I know would bring in business. Since I do worry so much, time is always a factor. I am an on the go type person who never seems to have time for my family, which I am not proud of. On the rival aspect, I feel that my competitors would be my rivals, but also myself. In my life right now, I try to do better than my competitors (peers), but I also try to do better than what I can do.

If I had the choice of what I could be, it would be an entrepreneur because the life style seems so much more realistic. I would love to own my own, original, business and still have time for my family, while being able to think of new ways that I could improve my business without too much worry.

Overall, I would say that by looking at the comparison of the two, the business person aspect is pretty dead on to what my lifestyle is like. If in the future I have the time and the aspirations to change this, I will by sitting down and analyzing and researching ways of changing the way I look at life.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Blog 5: Professional Development Plan

Professional Development Plan
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Name: Katherine Elizabeth Herting                
  • Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Biotechnology and a minor in Chemistry.
  • Continue my education, by moving forward into the Graduate Program and receiving my master’s in biology.
  • Finding an occupation where I am able to live comfortably and happily.
  • Eventually going on to med school or vet school… hopefully
  • Travel and do volunteer work in undeveloped countries, mostly medical help, whether it is for humans or animals.
  • Attend conventions that deal with what I am passionate about or interested in.
Career Issues:
  • Liking/Loving my job
  • Making enough money
  • Job security
  • Having a job that I can learn new things every day and not have the same routine day in and day out. 
 Things to consider that are important to me:
  • Family
  • Location
  • Status
  • Life style
  • Income
  • Stability
Where I want to be in 5 years:
  • Graduated with a Masters in Biology
  • Holding a steady part-time job that actually relates to my career goals.
  • Applying for positions in a laboratory career.

Blog 14: Implementing a Lean Process

Implementing a Lean Process:

  • Transporting
  • Defects
  • Over processing
  • Over production
  • Inventory
  • Motion
  • Waiting
I think that the Lean process that I used the most during my 5S process was the inventory process. I went through my whole care and sorted out what I thought I needed and what I thought I didn't need. I also made sure that the things that were needed were in working order and accessible. The second process that I thought I used most was transporting. I moved a lot of the unnecessary things out of my car and put them in my room.  

Blog 13: Criteria for Evaluation

Post the final criteria and the process you will use to evaluate and rank the members of your team related to the final project.

-Tasks Accomplished
Whitney Anderson
Annarae Andresen
Ann Engen
Kang Vang
Jacob Pulfer
Steve Zweber
Derek Rubenzer
Andrew Jeske

Blog Post 12: 5S Process

Phases of 5S: My 5S process was for my vehicle.
  • Sorting
    • Straightening or Setting in Order/Stabilize
    • Sweeping or Shining or Cleanliness/Systematic Cleaning
    • Standardizing
    • Sustaining the Discipline or Self-Discipline
    • Safety
    • Security
    • Satisfaction
    I basically live my life in my vehicle, so I thought that this would be a good 5S process project. I live in an actual apartment, but I am constantly in class or heading to work, so I consistently drive. I began my 5S process by finding all of the loose ruble that was on the floor of my car and throwing it away. I then went through all the important papers that were in my car (and probably shouldn't have been there in the first place) and sorted out which ones would be important to stay (insurance papers), and which ones would probably be safest stored in my apartment. From there I went into all of my compartments and emptied them of any trash or accessories I did not need (nerf darts from last year spring break) and then I sorted out my papers and organized them in the compartments that they should be in. My manual was left in my glove compartment along with vehicle records and information. And other papers that I thought were important were stored in the locking compartment between the front seats. After everything was off the floor and seats, I took out all of the floor mats and vacuumed them along with the floor. I also wiped down the seats, steering wheel, and dash board. I cleaned all of the windows and the glass protecting my gauges. I now just have to tell myself that "what ever I bring into the car, has to leave the car if it does not belong.", I also know that my car will be safer when there is nothing in it that can possibly cause harm if and when there would be an accident, and now I have the satisfaction of getting into a nice clean good smelling car! I should use the 5S process more often.

      Wednesday, December 7, 2011

      Blog Post 11: Quality Control

      Laboratory Quality Control:
      • To run a successful laboratory, there are several aspects that need to be considered. For this blog, I used Laboratory Quality Management: A Roadmap, a scientific paper written by Lucia M. Berte. 
        • There are two ways to look at quality management in a clinical laboratory:
          • Medical Laboratory Quality Management
            • Support the technical work.
            • ensuring that the people hired in the lab are knowledgeable and experienced with the work that they are assigned.
          • Technical Work
            • performing pre-analytic activities, analytic activities, and postanalytic activities.
            • The work that is done in the laboratory and how it is done in the laboratory.

      Tuesday, November 29, 2011

      Blog Post 10: Specific Ethic Question

      Ethical Question: Is Physician Assisted Suicide Ethical
      • Against Euthanasia
        • Is physician assisted suicide in the patients best interest. 
        • May lead to involuntary assisted suicide of people who are considered undesirable"Euthanasia weakens society's respect for the sanctity of life" (BBC)
        • Assisted suicide may take away personal rights
      • For Euthanasia
        • Some believe that if the person is in the right state of mind or if they decide it early on in their will, they should be able to decide if they want assisted euthanasia. 
        • Some people believe that they should have the right to choose what is in the best interest for them. A lot of individuals believe that if they have an incurable disease, they should have a doctor choose the best choice for them.
      • What I believe is right:
        • I feel that as individuals, we should have the right to choose whether or not we want assisted euthanasia. For instance, if we can choose to drink, which has proven that alcohol has caused death, we should be able to choose whether or not we want to be in a vegetative state or not. I also believe that if you would be able to put in in your will legally, it should be right and should be followed through.
      "Ethics: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide" (2011) BBC.