"The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to healing the world." ~Marianne Williamson
If your daughter, niece, or another young woman close to you told you they were studying to go in to the healthcare profession, how would you react? Would you warn them about the late nights, the difficult patients or the stressful protocols? Or, would you tell them about your favorite patient success story, the time you stayed late to make sure the new nurse had everything she needed for her shift, or the camaraderie you share with your co-workers? Working in healthcare is both challenging and invigorating, and we’ve come up with our “Top 5 Reasons Why Working in Healthcare is Awesome.”
Location—Once you have an initial state license, you can seek reciprocity anywhere else in the United States. A check with the state’s board and a submission of a few documents is usually all it takes to start practicing in another state. Like the airline slogan says, “You are now free to move about the country.”
Flexibility—In virtually any hospital in the country, there are varieties in shifts and number of hours in a pay period for professionals to work. 8, hour, 10-hour, 12-hour shifts. Days, evenings, weekend. Full-time, part-time, PRN. And there are clinic and school schedules for those that want a more fixed, traditional schedule. The flexibility of a healthcare job allows you to find the job that best your schedule at the stage of life that you are in, whether it is picking up weekend shifts and staying home with kids during the week or working in a school to have summers off. And as your needs change, this flexibility allows you to find a position that better fits your needs.
Variety—In healthcare the settings are as varied as the workers themselves. Hospitals, clinic schools. Pediatrics, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, rehabilitation, and on and on. There are also ample opportunities to seek management positions, or take a less prominent position if that is your choice. Healthcare professionals have a wide range of options available to them in every setting.
Challenge—Working in healthcare is never boring. There is never a dull moment, no matter the setting, shift, or specialty. Also, no two days are the same—as no two patients are the same. There is always an opportunity to learn more, to try new skills, and to train others. The uncertainties of the day keep us on our toes, and it makes our day exciting.
Pride—Working in healthcare gives us an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. We can honestly say that what we do matters, and that we are vital to the improvement of our patients. When we mention what we do to friends, family members or even complete strangers, it is a profession that we can be proud of and one that everyone deems important and worthy.
Holly is the Founder and CEO of Catalyst Scrubs, an online fair trade medical apparel and accessory company that gives sustainable jobs to women in need around the world. Holly is a speech pathologist, social justice advocate and sought-after speaker. She lives with her husband Jim, their three children and a menagerie of pets in Lee's Summit, MO.
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