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9 Health Care Career Mistakes to Avoid

9 Health Care Career Mistakes to Avoid

Laura Wisniewski | Nursing Voice

Your day is already full juggling budget cuts, staffing demands, regulatory requirements and reimbursement issues. Your patients are older and sicker than ever before and their procedures are more complex. The staff needs an in-service on a new piece of equipment that the surgeon wants to use tomorrow. Who has time to plan a career? Is there a trend or event lurking that could ambush your career? By avoiding common pitfalls you will be better prepared for whatever challenges lie ahead.

Mistake #1: Not maintaining work-life balance

“Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven’t paid the price to decide what is really important to them.” – Stephen R.Covey

Healthcare professionals often put the needs of others before themselves. The demands of the current healthcare environment make self care essential. Schedule time for family, friends, hobbies, exercise and spiritual renewal. Not doing so may lead to burnout or compassion fatigue. Burnout fades with time off or a change of work environment. Compassion fatigue is a state of mental, physical and spiritual exhaustion that requires professional help.

Mistake #2: Ignoring trends in healthcare

“Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Rapidly evolving trends in healthcare are influencing every aspect of how care is delivered and paid for. There have never before been so many driving and restraining forces affecting healthcare professionals. Having to do more with less is reaching critical mass. Become a trend watcher. What are healthcare strategists predicting for your industry?

Mistake #3: Failing to plan

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“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Alan Lakein

Not having a career plan is like living in Florida and not planning for hurricanes. Both are potentially disastrous. Your career plan could be simple or complex. Write down your goals of where you want to be in one year and five years. The next step is to identify the actions you need to take to achieve your goals. Evaluate your progress and adapt the plan as needed.

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