A career in healthcare can be incredibly rewarding. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, surgeon or in IT, what you do matters and saves lives. Working in healthcare, however, can also be tiring. Many of those who work in healthcare are overworked and underpaid considering the hours they log, but regardless of this, you chose to work in this industry for a reason.
No career in healthcare stands still. There is always movement, with new technologies, medicines and procedures to learn, and so you need to find ways to improve yourself at a constant rate. Here are a number of ways for you to excel in your healthcare career.
Improve Communication Skills
Whether you are a nurse, doctor or IT technician, your communication skills need to be above par. The ability to communicate well is of high importance, especially if you want to reach the top of the ranks and become an Attending Physician. Communicating well with patients and family members as well as fellow team members is crucial, especially with the amount of personalities you are bound to meet within this job.
Develop Management Skills
If you are a nurse or pharmacist, but are looking for better technical prowess, undergoing a health informatics MBA can help develop your management skills which are needed for the healthcare industry. You will learn organizational leadership skills, the principles of health informatics and more on healthcare technology and systems. This also applies to professionals who come from a technical background.
Your decisions can mean life or death, and so you need to have the confidence to make a decision which is, ultimately, the right one. While, sadly, mistakes happen, you cannot waver on what you think is the best option for your patient. Patients need to trust you, so if they see you second-guessing yourself, this can have them doubting your abilities.
Strong Work Ethic
Long shifts and an overloaded schedule go hand-in-hand with a profession in healthcare. You need to be able to handle this strain. You cannot be late to work, you need to work with more than one patient at a time, and you may sometimes need to stand in for an emergency shift. You need to be passionate and care about your job. The higher up you are on the hierarchy, the more duties you may be in charge of. You need the work ethic to withstand this.
You may be assigned a short shift, however, this can quite easily turn into an overnight shift due to short staffing issues or there being an emergency. Again, if you are at home, asleep in the middle of the night, you and your skills are not off-limits. You can be pulled into the hospital whenever, regardless to other commitments you may have. Being flexible is one of the core skills of being in the healthcare industry, as without flexibility, you are neglecting your duties. Additionally, you need to be ready to adapt due to any advancements in the medical field. This could be a medical breakthrough that could help treat a certain illness, or it could be new technology that can make performing a certain job much easier.
Author: Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.