9 Health Care Career Mistakes to Avoid
Laura Wisniewski | Nursing Voice
Mistake #7: Lagging behind technology
“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” – H.G. Wells
As a healthcare professional you must continuously keep up with advances in both medical and communications technology. A huge disparity of technological competency exists between individuals and generations. The inability to master technology will stunt your career growth. Computer classes are offered by most organizations and community colleges. You must catch up to the herd or risk being picked off by predators.
Mistake #8: Depending on employer for security
“He that is too secure is not safe.” – Thomas Fuller
All healthcare organizations are in a state of dynamic flux. Entire departments and facilities are closing over night. There is no guarantee that any position is stable. Survival is the name of the game for both you and your employer. Adopt the philosophy of the self employed and treat your employer as a valued customer. Create solutions where challenges exist. The ability to solve problems is a highly marketable skill in today’s healthcare market. Remember that your employer owns the job but you own your career.
Mistake # 9: Underestimating yourself
“Circumstances don’t make the man, they reveal him.” – James Allen
Give yourself credit for surviving in this tumultuous industry. That same tenacity and creativity can be applied to designing a more resilient career. Record your successes and celebrate your accomplishments. The Chinese symbol for crisis is a combination of the symbols for danger and opportunity. By being aware of the dangers you will be more prepared to seize the opportunities in today’s healthcare environment.