Large or Small Workplace? It’s Your Choice!
If you are looking for a new job in healthcare, one of the considerations is the size of the organization. As a physician, PA, nurse, lab tech, therapist or other healthcare professional, you may prefer a large or a small workplace.
Among the many advantages to working for a large organization, like a multispecialty physician practice, a hospital or health system is the potential for career advancement. If you are a floor nurse, for instance, you could move up to become a supervisor or manager, or decide to specialize in a field like pediatric, oncology or cardiac nursing. Many large organizations offer tuition reimbursement benefits if you want to earn a new degree or certification.
A large healthcare organization that operates 24/7 may have openings on the evening or night shift that allow you to manage child care or other family issues while earning a steady income.
On the other hand, many healthcare professionals prefer to work in a smaller office or clinic setting. Because you interact with the same co-workers more frequently throughout the day, you get to know them better. In a well-run physician’s office, the staffers often develop a feeling of “family,” providing emotional support and personal advice to reach other.
This can be a particularly valuable benefit if you are a new parent, going through a divorce or caring for an older relative. Knowing that your co-workers care can be a big help when going through a difficult personal time.
Because both large and small organizations strive to attract quality healthcare professionals, they generally offer competitive salaries and benefits, along with some flexibility in working hours.
Of course, most communities also have well-established mid-size healthcare employers with perhaps 25 to 100 staffers. These organizations can the “best of both worlds” along with an appealing package of benefits. So, as you prepare your resume and respond to new job openings, take a moment to think about your ideal working environment. Knowing you prefer a large, small or mid-size organization can go a long way toward ensuring that your next employer is the right match!