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Working In Healthcare

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Whitney Davis

on 4 March 2013

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As with any field, working in healthcare comes with many positives and negatives.
Both of these should be studied before a commitment to a profession in health care is made.
This research project should help make the process of deciding if the healthcare field is right for you, an easier one. Why Healthcare? Why Not? The vast availibility of jobs, and potential for job growth (Santiago 2)
Projected job growth among physicians and surgeons from 2010-2020 will be 24%, much higher than the average for other professions (U.S. Census Bureau 1).
There are many positions to held, and many slots to be filled. Job security in healthcare is at an all time high.
As a result of the baby boom of the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, we have an increasingly growing and aging population that needs to be taken care of (Admin 1). The Positives One of the biggest obstacles for many to overcome is the rigorous educational preparation.
Nurses and other medical assistants often only receive 2-4 year undergraduate degrees, but spend countless more hours studying to pass board exams and becoming licensed.
Physicians and surgeons must have many more years of schooling; “almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency, depending on their specialty,” (U.S. Census Bureau). The Negatives Job satisfaction is high, because the work is rewarding.
Many physicians feel that making a difference in the lives of others is the best part of the job (Healthcare Jobs 1).
The lucrative pay and benefits are unparalleled.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, physicians practicing in medical specialties received total median annual compensation of $356,885 in 2010.
Hours also tend to be more flexible than in other professions, and sign-on bonuses, health insurance, and other monetary benefits are abundant (Healthcare Jobs 1). The Positives Personal Testimony A local optometrist for the Veteran's Association, Dr. Christopher Suhr, says that "Among the other positives of the job, like the respect I recieve from patients and the challenging work environment, it always feels great to know that I will be needed somewhere. Job security is a must, and my degree has provided me this." In addition to his day job, Suhr also teaches Human Biology at Pasco Hernando Community College. Working in the healthcare field has allowed him to not only promote health in the community, but also education, and he finds that "both jobs are equally satisfying," (Suhr 1). Working in Healthcare Whitney J. Davis "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men." -Cicero (continued) Personal Testimony For Wendy Davis, a registered nurse of over twenty years, school was the “easy” part. “Keeping my multiple licenses up to date is quite the process. In addition to keeping a full time job, I also have to stay up to date on the current medicinal changes, as I have to renew my nursing licenses every year,” (Davis 1). This can require a lot of studying, time, money, and energy, which deters many from the field. The Negatives (continued) Another hardship of the medical field is that it is very easy, and even common, to make mistakes.
Medical malpractice rates soar, even in well renowned offices. Many physicians are tending to stray away from Obstetrics and Gynecology, as rates are highest in these specialties (Baby Corner 1).
Every patient is a mystery, and no two are the same. This can lead to stress, frustration, and problems for both patient and healthcare provider. Personal Testimony “Patients can be frustrating. They don’t always describe symptoms accurately and often times need multiple visits to get to the root of the problem. It is very difficult for myself and other colleagues to see patients suffer for longer than necessary, but sometimes it takes a while to treat them, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it,” (Suhr 1). The Negatives (continued) The pressure to do well at all times is higher than in other professions.
The stress and demands in the medical field will only continue to worsen, as medical professionals today face a heavier workload and more acutely ill patients than in the past (Malugani 3). So Now What? After weighing these pros and cons, it's time to do some research of your own.

Did you know that many people spend more time and effort looking for a new car than researching their lifetime career (Malugani 11)? Don't be one of these people!

There are many things you can do to find out if the medical field is the right fit for you. 5 Steps for Making an Educated Decision 1) Getting involved at local hospitals and medical facilities is a great start. Many need volunteers, and everyone benefits.

2)Reading books or articles by medical professionals in the field is also important. This can help you narrow down your interests, and help you understand what you'd like to do in healthcare. There are endless possibilities!

3) Reach out to colleges, and find out about medical programs. Students as young as sophomores in high school can get hands on experience in the medical field at many summer institutes at state colleges. College students can take advantage of medical undergraduate programs, offered at most junior and senior colleges.

4) Shadow physcians, nurses, medical assistants, etc. whenever possible. Shadowing opportunities are everywhere, if one simply takes the time to ask.

5)Identify personal strengths and weaknesses. “Anyone working in healthcare will need to be organized, reliable, trustworthy, competent, and have good communication skills, as well as some compassion and understanding about how to deal with difficult people and difficult situations,” (Malugani 10). It is important to do an un-biased self-assessment and research on all possibilities out there. In Conclusion The reality is, going into anything in the medical field won’t be easy, for any one person. The path will be difficult, and those in pursuit of medical degrees will only succeed if they know that it will be worth it. Being educated about all possibilities is important to do before spending time and money on a career that might not be the right fit.The bottom line is that it is important to enjoy work, because it is a big part of life as an adult. Finding something enjoyable makes work seem fun, and that is reason enough to spend time researching all job opportunities out there. If healthcare seems like the right choice, after research and hands on experience, it just may be. Works Cited Administration. "A Nursing Degree May Offer A Variety Of Opportunities." A Nursing Degree
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