You can take steps every day on the job to further your healthcare career. This is because growth doesn’t happen all once, but little by little. You can make daily efforts to enhance your body of healthcare knowledge, establish yourself as a hard worker, and increase your offers for assignment extensions and future travel placements. Here’s how.
Six ways to improve in your healthcare career, day by day
- Careful attention to detail. In healthcare, lives are placed in your capable hands. Listen carefully to treatment and medication orders, read doctors’ notes thoroughly, and pay close attention to what you’re doing while treating a patient. Your attention to detail ensures high-quality patient care and helps you establish yourself as a meticulous, accurate healthcare professional.
- Openness to learn new things. In healthcare, you’re constantly faced with new and different situations. So keep your eyes and ears open, and learn from your colleagues. If you come across something you’re unsure of, ask questions and do some follow-up reading. Perhaps you’ll even uncover a branch of your profession in which you’d like to study further and specialize.
- Never taking short cuts. Steps in a treatment process are there for a good reason. By skipping steps, you may complete tasks faster, but the quality of treatment may suffer. Not only should you follow all the way through on all treatment processes, you should speak up if you notice others taking shortcuts.
- Being on time. When your shift begins, you may be relieving a co-worker at the end of his or her shift. And you know what it’s like when you’re ready to punch the clock and put another long day in the books. In addition to your co-workers, patients with scheduled appointments are relying on your timeliness. Be a reliable healthcare professional by being on time to your shift.
- Dressing professionally. You should be well groomed at the beginning of every shift. It shows your dedication to your healthcare career and lets the world know you are someone to be respected (because you respect yourself).
- In your free time, you can learn more and make a difference in the world by volunteering. You’ll be able to meet more people, experience new situations and really maximize the time you spend on assignment. And you might also consider volunteering internally—offer to take extra shifts or stay past the end of yours, as time permits. You’ll find that your employer and co-workers will view you as a team player and won’t hesitate to help you out if and when you need it.
A little goes a long way
It may not seem like much to undertake these tasks every day. But you’ll find that your dedication and hard work will pay off when you’re viewed as a healthcare professional that stands out from the crowd. Your efforts will be well worth the payout in your career.
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