Keep Learning to Advance Your Career
Never stop learning. That’s one of the secrets to success in any healthcare career. Whether you are a physician, nurse laboratory technician, physical therapist or other professional, your on-the-job education will never be complete.
First of all, the healthcare field is always changing. Medical researchers provide new insights into diseases and disorders that lead to new clinical treatments. Whatever your field, you should read about the latest studies and advances in clinical care. Of course, healthcare technology doesn’t stand still either. New systems and applications can improve the delivery of services by capturing patient information at the point of care, sharing data with other providers or sending patient reminders about follow-up visits or prescriptions, for example.
Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional, you should also continue to be a “student” of your organization. There may be new leaders or partners who bring a fresh perspective to your group, clinic, hospital or system. Your organization’s internal culture may need to adapt to the changing needs of a younger generation of patients and families.
It’s also vital to understand the changing reimbursement picture. As healthcare moves away from the traditional fee-for-service approach, organizations may need to reach out to other providers and rethink their business models.
Finally, you also should continue learning about people. As any job candidate can tell you, “who you know” may be more important than “what you know” in advancing your healthcare career. Join a professional organization or volunteer your time for a community or civic cause that’s important to you. Step out of the office and get involved with other people. In healthcare, as in other walks of life, keep on learning throughout your life.