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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.

Next: Mistake #4 >>


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    jonahclint

    about 3 years ago

    14 comments

    I think ignoring trends in health care should be the first mistake considering the title of this article.Of course is very important to keep a balance between work and life style,but this something one should know to protect himself from a harmful imbalance.Having a masters in health care administration degree has made easier for me to keep up with the trends in the field.

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    lokanto

    about 3 years ago

    10 comments

    I have a friend who just got a job offer at one of drug rehab centers in Louisiana and I bet this guide of mistakes to avoid will be great for him.He needs all the help he can get.

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    manybigtoo

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    You have a great article.I have a friend who would really appreciate your article because she just started to work at a Drug Rehab Florida center as a nurse.I guess we all do mistakes along time the only thing it matters from my point of view is if we learn from our mistakes and never repeat them.

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    jonahclint

    about 3 years ago

    14 comments

    I was offered a management job at the drug treatment center where I work and I an considering taking it. I could use the extra money but I am afraid of the numerous new responsibilities I would have. This is why, this guide of mistakes to avoid in a health care career is priceless to me.

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    Universalia

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    I talked last week with a nurse from an oxycontin rehab about how she managed to become a nurse. The most frequent words in her story were planning and strong determination to succeed. I wonder how many nurses have followed the same approach.

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    OldSun

    over 3 years ago

    16 comments

    I was trying to find a website from where I can Buy Phentermine when I came across your article.I enjoyed reading your article and I believe that this mistakes are very often and we should all learn to avoid them.

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    DeborahWilliams

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I was just reading something about steroids when I found your article here. I have to say that planning is one of the key aspects of succeeding in your career. The second most important one is having a strong determination. Hope you agree with me.

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    KellyBrown

    over 3 years ago

    14 comments

    I was just browsing the Narconon Vista Bay website a few seconds ago when I started reading this article. You make some very strong points here and let me tell you that I completely agree with all of the above.

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    PisiKat

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    Your advice here is quite good and it mainly refers to making the right choice and being very good at time management. Sometimes it can prove very hard to make the right choice, but if you manage with the second issue, I think that things will go on the right track. I work in a residential drug rehab and I can tell you that the advice you have here worked just fine for me.

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    cyndiri

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Great insight!

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    beowulf

    over 4 years ago

    42 comments

    As I consider my options regarding my nursing career, I found this article very helpful and a bit inspiring, actually. Thank you.

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    bmarks1976

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent article!!!!

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    DivyaP

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    As a Project Recruiter in the Healthcare Industry, I was very pleased with this article and found it very useful. It provides excellent information, whether they are in Nursing or not, and I believe everyone should read it and be aware of these key points.

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    charlita

    over 6 years ago

    2976 comments

    very good information!

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    kat88

    over 6 years ago

    98 comments

    great article thanks

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