Rewarding Career in Healthcare
Whether you’re a recent high school graduate wondering what to do with your life, or a middle-aged adult wondering where the time has gone, something had lead you to consider a career in healthcare.
Maybe it appeals to your natural, caring nature.
If you can picture yourself at the bedside of a complete stranger, yet interacting in a compassionate manner, you can make it happen. You don’t have to commit to a master’s degree, or even a bachelor’s. You can get your toes in the water with a one-year training program to be certified as an LPN.
Nursing at any level is often seen as more of a calling than a career choice. Compassion, empathy and the desire to help are predominant traits found in the profession – traits that can’t be faked. Whether nurses working at a hospital or rehabilitation centers, nursing homes or make home health visits, their primary concern is for the welfare of the patients. They are often the first to note a change in a patient’s condition and ensure that they physician in charge is made aware.
But what if you don’t want to be a hands-on healthcare worker?
So you don’t see yourself giving shots or lifting patients or doing any of the other, sometimes unpleasant tasks required of nurses, but you still want to help people. You’re interested in the science of it. Well, there are plenty of positions for those that prefer to remain in the background.
Every hospital has a laboratory where tests are run on tissue and blood samples to diagnose diseases and identify abnormalities. They require a staff of clinical laboratory technicians and assistants. X-ray technicians have some patient contact, but their primary responsibility is the operation of complex equipment to provide a clear picture for the physician.
Maybe you’re interested in the business end of healthcare.
There’s no denying it – healthcare is big business. From the Affordable Healthcare Act to the aging baby boomers, events have conspired to make healthcare not only a career choice that can be rewarding, but one that can be profitable as well.
From the medical office assistant that works in a small practice to the medical billing clerk who works from home, there is a lot of back office work that keeps the front office running smoothly. Medical transcriptionists transcribe doctor’s patient notes for their medical record. File clerks maintain patient files, and with HIPPA regulations, it is no small task to comply with confidentiality requirements.
Then there’s the management side to healthcare. While the job is primarily administrative, it is a healthcare manager’s ability to manage a medical practice, a hospital or a department that allows the organization to operate with the best interests in mind of both the facility and the patients they treat.
What do you need to get started?
Well, some post high school education is required for just about every job in healthcare. From familiarity with medical terminology to a master’s degree in advanced nursing to a degree in business or hospital administration, health training is necessary. And it should be.