Speakers' Bureau Directory: Green

Nicole Green
Degree: PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Employer: LA County of Public Health
Downey, California  90242


Primary Employer: Agricultural/Veterinary; Other N/A
Scientific Specialty: Public Health; Other N/A
Job Title: Laboratory Director
Years in position: less than 1
Presentation Type: N/A
Video Call Type:N/A
Day to day responsibilities:
A typical day for me would include:
Morning laboratory bench rounds
Meet with laboratory administrators to discuss staffing, HR, or facilities issues
Complete grant-funded applications or progress reports
Meet with vendors to discuss new products and negotiate pricing
Email and phone consults with clinical laboratories and physicians
Phone conferences or meetings with partner public health programs to discuss current outbreak situations or laboratory testing statistics
Discuss grant budget and laboratory finances with staff/finance department
Approving laboratory supplies and purchases
Review test result formats for laboratory information system interface
Complete purchasing paperwork and justifications for new laboratory equipment and supplies
Planning meetings for emergency preparedness exercises with first responders
Review and approval of test requests and release of results

What do you love about your job?
I love that my job is dynamic and that I am able to serve the community. I am able to interact with epidemiologists, laboratorians, physicians, healthcare workers, first responders, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and the general public. Working in public health is a behind the scenes commitment to promote and protect the public's health and safety. Public health protects and improves communities by preventing epidemics and the spread of disease. In public health we also promote healthy lifestyles for children and families and protect the community against hazards in the home, at work, or in the environment.Public health workers also assist to assure high quality health care services and participate in all hazards emergency response and preparedness activities.

Degrees, experience, license(s), and skills required for position:
(1) Be a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State in which the laboratory is located; and be certified in anatomic or clinical pathology, or both, by the American Board of Pathology or the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology or possess equivalent qualifications required for certification
(2) Be a doctor of medicine, a doctor of osteopathy, or doctor of podiatric medicine licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy or podiatry in the State in which the laboratory is located and have at least one year of laboratory training during medical residency or at least 2 years of experience directing or supervising high complexity testing
3) Hold an earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and be certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by HHS; or Before February 24, 2003, must have served or be serving as a director of a laboratory performing high complexity testing and must have at least two years of laboratory training or experience, or both; and two years of laboratory experience directing or supervising high complexity testing.
(4) Be serving as a laboratory director and must have previously qualified or could have qualified as a laboratory director under regulations at 42 CFR 493.1415 on or before February 28, 1992; or on or before February 28, 1992, be qualified under State law to direct a laboratory

Tips/Advice for how to secure a job in microbiology upon graduation:
Look for volunteer or internship opportunities to gain additional experience. Update your CV regularly and participate in student research projects. Try to gain as much experience as possible with hands-on laboratory techniques and present your findings in peer-reviewed literature or student symposiums. Find a mentor in the field and participate in student chapters for microbiology.