Congratulations, you’ve landed your first career in the healthcare industry!
Rest assured; you’ve made a phenomenal choice! The medical field is always growing, boasts many of the highest paying careers in America, and allows you to see the very tangible difference you make in patients’ lives.
In our efforts to partner with you on your career journey, we’ve compiled a few keys to success to help you along the way!
1. Cultivate Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Healthcare professionals have to be able to explain medically complex facts in an easy-to-understand form. To ensure you cultivate and maintain a good relationship with patients, and keep them coming back to your hospital or practice, you also need to have good interpersonal and customer service skills. You will be dealing with many distraught, sick, hurting and frightened people and you must be able to treat them with empathy!
2. Be Organized and Meticulous
Healthcare professionals have to remain highly organized and detail-oriented at all times if they want to be successful. You have to effectively manage patient schedules, paperwork, patient files and more to avoid having a massive mess on your hands. You also have to be able to systematically look at problems or symptoms, take into account every detail and come up with a solution and/or diagnosis that best suits your patient.
3. Be Discreet
You’ll be dealing with a lot of sensitive, confidential information. It is your duty, both legally and morally, to be discreet with your knowledge and protect the confidentiality of any patients in your care. Even innocently telling your friends and family certain things could be a violation of patient confidentiality.
4. Be Able To Manage Your Stress
Working in the health field can be (to put it mildly) very stressful! Many decisions you make can result in life or death, and many positions require long hours with heavy workloads. Therefore, it’s essential that you learn how to manage stress.
5. Be Flexible
Odd hours, overtime, night hours, varying responsibilities, holiday hours and weekend hours all add up to require a large dose of flexibility. Situations can arise quickly that divert you from your current task, so being able to work on your toes is an important quality to possess!
Always remember that you can go back to school to further your healthcare career and pursue more options anytime you see fit! Even if you’re a working adult, there are degree programs that can accommodate your odd working hours, like getting an MS in health Informatics online.
No matter what career you’ve chosen (or will choose), if you’re able to cultivate these traits, you’re much more likely to be successful in the awe-inspiring field of medicine!