searching for a new job in the healthcare field, securing the best job
reference possible is imperative to your success in your career search. In
fact, according to Shawn Vanderziel,
vice president for human resources at the Field Museum in Chicago, “a good
reference can seal the deal for a candidate.”
you know where and how to select the people to give you a recommendation, you
may instead wind up with something that ends up detracting from your overall
presentation, rather than one that highlights your attributes and skills. If
you are looking to advance your career as a healthcare worker, follow these few
easy steps to get the reference you really
Understand the Importance
begin asking around for a reference, it is important that you first understand
the position you’re applying for, and how the reference may help. Most employers
and recruiters first scour the sections of your résumé that include your work
experience, education and skills and specializations, before even glancing at
the page that contains a reference from a former boss or colleague. This means
that as the reader begins to look at your references, he or she will already
have manufactured a relative idea of you as an applicant, and are only looking
for additional laud to raise you above the rest.
in mind, it is tantamount that you work as diligently as possible to claim the
reference that you truly deserve—and make sure the rest of your résumé is
Pick the Right Sources
you understand the importance of a reference, it is time for you to select the person
or people who will give you a referral. In this case, some believe that it is
acceptable to select colleagues and peers with whom you worked closely on an
equal level (a fellow nurse, for instance), since they will have great insight
into your work life, skills and attributes.
a reference from a colleague may yield you an extremely positive review, it may
not be as impressive in the eyes of a potential employer. Instead, try to
enlist the help of a current or former boss. They will have the most
comprehensive knowledge of how you act and perform as an employee of the
company. Make sure to choose someone with whom you had a good relationship.
While former employers may not be able to say anything negative about you,
having a former supervisor mention that you were excellent with patients or
were quick to pick up new skills can go a long way.
Get a Referral for a Specific Job
fairly easy for a current or former boss of yours to send out a general job reference—one
that highlights your skills as a worker and discusses how your abilities could
be highly utilized at any future company. While that may project you in a
positive light, a more detailed referral
may raise your chances for landing a specific job (one that depends on your
knowledge of specific skills). To match this specification then, send those
giving you a reference a copy of a job description, or even a general outline
of the tasks required and the nature of the work. With this information in
hand, they will be able to craft a detailed reference that points out your suitability
for the job in question.
Keep in Contact
the person who gave you a reference was at one point in time a vital part of
your career, make sure to keep in contact with them on a regular basis and
share with them the new developments in your work life. It is a common courtesy
to show your appreciation through this simple act, and as an added bonus it
keeps them in your professional network should you ever need a new referral in the
while you maintain connections with your former colleagues, make sure to spend
time creating new connections with those at your current place of work. You
never know when an opportunity may open, and having a solid list of possible
references will prepare you for anything. As a courtesy, be sure ask permission
before listing anyone as a reference, and notify them afterward if you’ve
decided to do so.
an article published in Newsday recommends that you make
sure your contact information for all references is up-to-date. If a potential
employer can’t get a hold of one of your former employers, it could reflect
poorly on you as a candidate.
Move Up in Your Career
solid reference is one of the easiest ways to help advance yourself in your
industry of choice. If you are ready to move up in your career, use these
simple tips to get the reference you want and get the job you desire.
This article was written on behalf of Excalibur Exhibits.
After getting your new job, keep them in mind for your employer’s exhibit
for a new job in healthcare can be a tedious and often unpleasant experience.
From scouring the newspaper classifieds to hoping for word-of-mouth references,
there are a variety of usual processes that often feel ineffective.
this is the case, why not consider changing your approach to job hunting? If
you would like to search for employment in the healthcare field while
on-the-go, or stay updated with current job postings, turning to mobile
applications and gadgets can help you elicit the results you need. Next time
you visit the app store, consider adding one (or all) of these five great
mobile apps to aid in the quest for your dream healthcare job:
landing the job you truly want first depends on your presentation, it is important
that you have a CV or résumé that highlights your employment history and
accomplishments. Pocket CV, a new app, can do just that by dividing
your résumé into seven separate sections and letting you fill in all of the
information that you deem necessary. If you would rather let your device do the
work, you can simply let the app import data from your LinkedIn profile while
you search for the right employer. Additionally, Pocket CV allows you to e-mail
your newly composed CV and résumé to prospective healthcare employers
immediately, or save it to DropBox for future editing.
people are familiar with this Internet search tool, yet few realize that it has
its own personalized app that can be used for those job-hunting on
the go. The CareerBuilder mobile app can use your location to help you
search for healthcare positions in your area; calculate the amount of applicants
there are as competition; or even use GPS to display your potential commute to
a specific job. This app is perfect for a day of traveling from location to
you use the services of a healthcare job recruiter, you may find yourself
sifting through countless hospital job listings in hope of finding one that
fits your profile. TheLadders, a new mobile job-hunting app, streamlines
the process by allowing you to search for jobs in your area based on your
qualifications, industry, specializations, desired salary and more. You can
also sort through a list of people who recently applied and compare your résumé
against their skills and expertise. While this app doesn't allow you to apply
to the job through its system, it will actively send you a reminder e-mail to
submit a résumé when you get a chance.
many people view Twitter as simply a social connectivity and social media website,
its uses are versatile in many ways—including being an effective tool for job
seekers. Because recruiters at specific companies and hospitals want to reach
as many broad pools possible, they often use Twitter as their megaphone, in
hopes of reaching someone in the virtual realm that is interested in the job.
Following your dream employers on Twitter can help you land a job there once a
position finally opens up.
you are searching for a new job in the medical field, LinkedIn can act as one
of the most valuable tools in your entire resource cache. Even if you are only
connected to 10 doctors, nurses or other workers on this site, it will often
show you their subsequent connections, putting you in a pool of unlimited
potential based on the knowledge of your peers and colleagues. The LinkedIn app
will let you spot individuals that work at your desired company, and connect
with them in hopes of using your new acquaintances as recommendations. As an added
benefit, LinkedIn boasts a number of useful healthcare networks that may offer
more information on current or upcoming job vacancies (as well as general
information about healthcare issues). The top groups include the American
Nurses Association, the Healthcare
Executives Network, and the RN
(Registered Nurse) Network.
Finding a Job in
the Medical Field
for a new job in the medical field can be an arduous process, leaving you
flustered and even irritated by the effort involved. To help you find your
dream job quickly and easily, try one of these great mobile job-hunting apps to
put the power in the palm of your hand.
Chad Fisher knows how difficult
it can be for any new graduate, especially those in the healthcare field, to
find a career in a tough job market. In addition to using these mobile apps, Fisher
recommends staying up-to-date with salary and job information so you can remain
a competitive candidate. For instance, those looking for a career as an educator
should utilize online resources like www.teacherinformation.org
to find more information about teacher salaries.
a healthcare job requires careful consideration throughout the application
process. At this point, you have likely polished your resume and perfected your
cover letter. However, it is also important to prepare for the next step by
practicing your interview skills. During your interview with a prospective
employer, the person you meet with will be assessing your communication skills
as well as your level of experience. It is critical that you make a memorable
impression that demonstrates your confidence and expertise. Although the idea
of an interview makes many people nervous, it is possible to prepare and
perfect your communication skills through participation in a mock interview. This
post outlines the benefits of mock interviews and provides information on how
to include one in your job search so that you put the best foot forward when
meeting with a potential employer.
Benefits of a Mock Interview
A mock interview is designed to provide job seekers with a way to practice
their interviewing skills in a low-pressure environment. According to the Illinois School of Health
Careers, one of the benefits a person can receive from a mock
interview is greater self-confidence. Although it is normal to feel some
anxiety during a formal interview, nervousness can make it appear as though you
lack confidence in your skills. By practicing your answers to common questions
offered by employers in your field, you will be able communicate more
effectively while eliminating the jitters that accompany participation in a job
Choose a Career-Specific Interview
Any time you practice your interviewing skills, you will benefit. However,
people who are pursuing a career in healthcare should be prepared for questions
that are specific to their field. For example, a nursing candidate may be
provided with questions about common scenarios he or she may come across during
a typical work day. Questions such
as “describe a problem you’ve faced on a clinical rotation” or “what
would you do if a supervising physician questioned your work?” can be expected
here. These types of behavioral-based questions can be challenging for those
who have not experienced them in prior interviews. When you set up your mock
interview, make sure that the questions asked will be tailored to fit your
What to Expect During the Session
A mock interview should be conducted in a setting that is as close as possible
to the actual environment you will be in during a real-life interview.
Therefore, you can expect to begin your mock interview with a brief
introduction and handshake. After introducing yourself, you will then sit down
and begin the next portion of your interview by answering questions. Typically,
a mock interview will last for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, but it may go
longer if your chosen career requires extensive or challenging questioning
styles. During your mock interview, the interviewer may take notes or ask you
to expand further on your answers. Remember that it is important to focus on
providing the same level of answers that you will provide to an actual
employer. Following your interview, ask for a critique of your skills and
feedback about any areas in which you may need to improve.
Methods of Recording Feedback
Depending on the type of mock interview you schedule, you may receive several
different types of feedback. A videotaped session is one of the most popular
methods of recording a mock interview because it provides a way to see how your
physical mannerisms and body language come across to a prospective employer.
Although projecting confidence through well-planned answers is important,
nervous habits such as biting your nails may create a negative image to a
prospective employer. In addition to a video, you may also receive an
evaluation form with notes that the interviewer made regarding your body
language and answers.
Prepare for the Mock Interview
To get the most out of your mock interview, it is important to treat it as
though it were real. Before your interview, practice going over some answers to
questions you may encounter when searching for a job. According to the University of Montana, it is
important to avoid memorizing answers. Instead, you should focus on remembering
past experiences that you may use to demonstrate your knowledge. For example,
you may have come across one of the experiences described in situational
questions during your internship or clinical rotations while in school. On the
day of your interview, dress appropriately and arrive on time just as you would
for an actual meeting with a prospective employer.
How to Implement Strategies from the
After your interview, you will want to allow for some time to go over the
lessons gleaned from your critique. The mock interviewer (or your friend,
family member or colleague) will often suggest strategies that you can
implement to perfect your skills. Take this information and continue to
practice your communication skills. If you feel the need to further practice,
then you can also schedule a second mock interview after you have had some time
to implement the strategies you learned during your feedback session.
As with any skill, practice will make you stand out among the competition
during the interview process of your job search. It is normal to feel some
nervousness when you are interviewing for your preferred position; however,
much of your anxiety will be alleviated when you know you have come to the
interview prepared. By participating in a mock interview, you can greet your
prospective employer and answer their questions with full confidence that you
will come across as the best candidate for the position.
article was written by Sadie Gillespie, a medical student preparing for that
not-so-distant job hunt. If you're like Sadie, scrambling to strengthen your
interview skills, try utilizing your iPad for interview prep, presentations and
note taking, along with the help of any of the Kensington iPad covers.
healthcare career comes with many rewards, and among these, opportunities for
career advancement is at the top of the list. Whether a person begins his or
her career as a nursing assistant or a licensed physician, there is always room
for professional growth and development. However, a promotion is only in reach
for people who position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that
exist to develop their skills through practical and educational experiences.
Leaders in healthcare can demonstrate their expertise while maintaining an edge
on the competition by utilizing the following five tips for earning a promotion.
1. Create a Personal Mission Statement
leaders always have their eye on the next step toward promotion, and developing
a step-by-step plan to achieve your goal is one of the best ways to achieve
this. Create a personal mission
statement that outlines how your strengths can be utilized to
further the goals of a healthcare organization. Then, be ready to present your personal
mission statement during interviews and other opportunities to convince
potential employers that your skills and professional experience are the
perfect match for a specific position. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing
your personal statement in front of others, consider outlining your goals and
tracking your progress yourself. According to an article posted by the University of
California-Berkley, goal setting can help with motivation and
self-confidence, and there are a number of “visioning exercises” you can do to
help clarify and outline your goals and track your progress.
2. Join a Professional Association
every level of a healthcare career, professional associations can offer a wide
range of benefits. Among these are education and training opportunities that
can keep you informed of the most recent research-based medical techniques and
procedures. Consider signing up for a class to advance a skillset, or even work
toward earning an advanced degree (required for many managerial positions). By
becoming a member of a professional organization, you can also demonstrate your
dedication to providing quality healthcare services that will make you stand
out as the right candidate for an advanced position within an organization.
3. Pursue Higher Education
One of the fastest tracks for career advancement is to pursue opportunities to
refine your skills through a higher education degree or certification.
Depending on your area of specialization, earning an advanced degree,
specialized certification or an additional license can demonstrate competence
and expert knowledge that may be required before you can be eligible for a
example of this can be found in the career advancement opportunities available
in the nursing field. According to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurses can advance their careers by
gaining experience and graduate education. Those who have a membership in a
professional association can often find educational opportunities along with
the personal and financial support that can assist a person through the
4. Increase Visibility by Networking
Networking is an essential component of advancing in any career. Taking part in
corporate functions such as seminars and meetings is one way to gain
visibility. Additionally, taking continuing education courses and joining
professional associations will put you in touch with other healthcare professionals,
who can offer insight into new opportunities for advancement. Social media
platforms like LinkedIn can also be used to highlight your accomplishments
while allowing you to keep an eye out for new jobs and to interact with people
in management level positions that can offer their recommendation for your
5. Demonstrate Leadership through
Candidates for promotion often undergo a screening process that includes the
decisions of several people on the management team. Standing out among a group
of eligible candidates will require you to establish yourself as a leader in your
field, and one of the most effective ways to demonstrate leadership is to
volunteer a solution to a problem. Once a solution has been offered, you can
then initiate the process of leading a team to handle the project.
for projects that pertain to your desired position can also show off your
skills and professional expertise—something that will be noticed by higher
management. As an added benefit, this practical experience can be included on
your resume and discussed during the interview process.
Before you seek a promotion within your field, it is essential that you develop
a clear idea of the direction for your career. Using this as a guide, you can
then develop a plan that will serve as your personal mission. Due to the high
level of responsibility that leaders in the healthcare field hold in their
roles, higher education and training are essential for most leadership
positions within any organization. Therefore, taking advantage of opportunities
to develop your skill set (while tackling higher-level roles) is the most
effective way to stand out from your peers. It is sure to pay off through
promotions and other opportunities for career advancement.
This article was contributed on behalf of The
Veterans Law Group, which specializes in representing people
affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
people than ever are changing jobs, particularly in light of layoffs and
industry closures. While some people who were once involved in the healthcare
industry are taking the opportunity to move into new jobs, given that
healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation,
many more baby boomers are looking for a way to break into the field or move up
the career ladder.
assumption that most baby boomers are retiring and staying at home is a flawed
one; in fact, an article in US News and World Report stated
that the number of college students between the ages of 40 and 64 has “jumped
by almost 20%, to nearly 2 million in the past decade.” Whether it be for love
of education, to earn a degree for the first time, or to help them qualify for
another position in the healthcare field, one thing is clear: Personal and
professional exploration doesn’t need to stop at age 55.
Baby Boomers Affected by Low Job Levels
Baby boomers are among those most affected by the recent unemployment epidemic.
People in this age group may be less likely to lose their jobs than younger
workers overall, but they are more likely to be forced into early retirement and
are less likely to find new jobs if they become unemployed, according to
of Labor findings.
This means that baby boomers who are looking for work may need to change job
fields altogether. Because training for many healthcare jobs can be completed
in two years or less, those in the 55-and-over age bracket may be finding
themselves back in the classroom and quickly moving into new jobs in the
How Baby Boomers Can Choose the Right
Choosing the right job at age 55 or older is an important decision. If you are
considering entering the healthcare field at a more advanced age, you have
little time to try out different jobs before finding the right one for you. Likewise,
if you are considering switching positions within the healthcare field, you
must also factor in training time before you can begin work.
Here are some tips for choosing the right healthcare job if you are searching
for a new career after working in another field for many years.
Think About Your Strengths
you should know what you enjoy doing and are good at. Of course, you may not
have had much opportunity to exercise those skills in your younger years, but
now you may find you have the chance. If you already know you are good at dealing
with the public, you may want to choose a job that brings you into contact with
others. On the other hand, if you have had your fill of dealing with crowds,
you may want to seek a more isolated job, such as a lab position.
people already in healthcare, switching careers within the field is also an
option. Many aging healthcare workers find that they enjoy working in less
stressful healthcare positions, such as social worker, school nurse, or homecare aide.
Consider Your Own Health
do not think you can spend long hours on your feet, a desk job might be more
appropriate than a nursing or EMT position. Further, if you have special health
issues such as diabetes, be sure that your job will accommodate your
Opt for Quicker Training
jobs have options for how quickly you can complete your training, depending on
the level of education you desire. For example, you can take a full four-year
college degree to become a registered nurse, but there are also technical
school two-year programs. These degrees will often give you access to the same
jobs as a four-year degree but do not support promotion to a higher job level.
In the case of a late-life career change, you may not be worried about
promotion as much as securing a job quickly.
What If I Want To Leave Healthcare?
Many of the same tips apply to leaving the healthcare field and moving into a
new field. In addition to the above tips, healthcare professionals may want to
consider the following when changing jobs late in life:
• Use your previous experience in another field. Healthcare professionals can
often find jobs easily in fields that have some common ground with healthcare.
For example, many former nurses make great teachers for healthcare classes at
high schools or community colleges.
pharmacists may work as consultants or sales representatives for pharmaceutical
• Save money if possible. Most career transitions are costly, so be prepared to
live lean for a bit until you are established in your new career. It helps if
you can save some money prior to changing careers.
who want to make a late-in-life career change may find that healthcare is a
great way to start a second career. For those who have been working in
healthcare for many years, taking it slow and using prior experience can make
the transition much easier.
One of the most common fears among healthcare employees is the dreaded
performance review. No matter how well you perform your job, it is still
frightening to think of being observed and graded by a peer or supervisor.
Performance reviews become even more upsetting when they contain negative
information that can impact your job status, salary, or both.
Before you take any action about a bad performance review, it is important to
weigh your options. According to an article from the Wall
Street Journal, recommendations about handling a bad
performance review can be applied to healthcare as well as business situations.
Here are some tips for handling a bad performance review successfully and
possibly turning the negative into a positive.
Start at the Source
person who gave you the bad performance review is the first person to talk to,
if possible. This is a conversation that should be calm, cool and collected; do
not start out angry or negative. If the conversation threatens to get out of
control, walk away until you can cool down. It can be helpful to carefully jot
down your questions and concerns on a sheet of paper to organize your thoughts
before approaching the conversation. If you can communicate your position
clearly with the person who gave you the review, you may be able to change the
outcome. If not, you can get an idea of why that person gave you a negative
review. Regardless of your score, your supervisor should be able to communicate
areas of concern with you.
See it as a Chance to Improve
It is possible
that some points on a negative review are true. In most cases, the nursing
manager or supervisor is simply trying to offer helpful feedback and highlight
room for a nurse’s professional growth.
know you have a habit of being late to work, for example, it is important to
apologize, promise to be on time and then keep your word. If you know you
struggle with performing a certain procedure, ask a seasoned person to train
you in a new technique, or to oversee your work. Sometimes, all an employer
wants is to point out areas in which you can improve, so use this time as a
Go Through Channels
performance reviews are meant to simply offer feedback to healthcare workers,
in rare cases, a bad review may be issued unfairly.
believe that the negative performance review is unjust and that you deserve a
higher rating (and if you have previously spoken with the manager about your
concerns), it may be time to talk to another supervisor or request an
additional performance review. Be aware that by "going over the head"
of your evaluator or immediate supervisor, you may be creating ill will. This
should not stop you if you cannot communicate with your boss or if your
supervisor is being unfair or is discriminating against you. It is important to
stand up for your rights, especially if you are being asked to do something
illegal or unethical, and receive a bad review for your refusal.
documentation you have to support your position, the easier it will be to fight
a bad performance review. This means keeping careful records of your actions as
a healthcare employee. Maintain good files and back up your information
frequently on a separate drive if you are allowed to do so. Obviously, you
cannot violate patient confidentiality; however, information like your work
hours, how often you were absent and why, and your general job performance are
not covered by confidentiality clauses. Further, if you have any written
evidence from other employees or supervisors, it is a good idea to collect this
as support for your claim that your performance review is inaccurate.
Understand the Relative Consequences
be unpleasant to hear yourself described in negative terms, but you must also
weigh the likelihood that a negative review will affect your salary or job
status against the possible consequences of fighting your negative review.
Often, you may be better off swallowing your pride and chalking the negative
review up to a learning experience.
supervisor or your employer offers you no satisfaction or if you are the victim
of sexual or other types of harassment at work, you may need to take action
with a governing body. For healthcare workers, state boards of health are
generally the venue for appeals. The Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission handles charges of discrimination against employers
who refuse to address these concerns.
It’s important to remember that a bad performance review does not necessarily
mean the end of your healthcare career. In fact, you should simply view it as useful
feedback. After receiving a bad review, carefully assess whether there are
areas that you need to improve upon. It can be helpful to prepare for a nursing
performance review year-round, so that when the review day comes, you are
familiar with the categories in which you
will be evaluated. Ultimately, if you feel that you were unjustly issued
a poor review, utilize all methods to address the situation.
Terry Montrose is a
writer who shares experiences from her time in the corporate medical world, and
she has seen countless people rise above a poor performance review to achieve
their executive goals. For anyone seeking to boost their executive presence,
she recommends utilizing the corporate trainers at PB Talent.
are a couple interview questions every candidate dreads hearing. These
questions are feared not because they require quick analytical skills or
problem solving on the spot. Rather, these questions stump candidates because
there doesn’t seem to be a right answer. One of the most popular — and most nerve-wracking
— interview questions is: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
a worker in the healthcare field (or, an employee in any field), pointing out
your weaknesses seems counterproductive. Your job interview is your time to
highlight your strong history of employment and your many accomplishments. When
faced with this question, candidates often worry that they may hurt their
chances by divulging information about their weaknesses. Instead, they try to
spin the question by turning it into something positive: saying that they “work
too hard,” for instance. If there is one bit of advice that can be
bestowed upon healthcare workers facing this interview question, it’s this: Be
Honesty is Key
is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As such, you can expect
HR department heads and supervisors have heard just about every answer when it
comes to interviews. According
to CNN, employers don’t want to hear literal responses (or, weaknesses you
may have in your personal life) or generic
responses like “I’m too detail-oriented.” CareerBuilder writer Rachel Zupek
advises candidates to be honest about their weaknesses. This may involve a bit
of self-reflection (see below for tips on how to identify your weaknesses), but
you should always address an actual area of concern. The key to making your
answer work in your favor is to talk about either how you’ve worked on
addressing your weakness or how you plan to improve. One possible answer to
“what are your strengths and weaknesses?” would be:
believe my strengths lie in clinical skills and charting. I’ve always been a
quick learner and very detail oriented, so these are areas I typically excel
in. One of my biggest weaknesses is that I sometimes struggle and get
overwhelmed when working under pressure. However, I’ve gotten much better at
handling myself in stressful situations over time, and I think working at a
larger hospital such as yours would give me a chance to further improve.”
Identify Your Strengths
candidates are stumped when they hear this difficult interview question not
because they aren’t willing to answer honestly, but because they haven’t taken
the time to actually identify their strengths and weaknesses. Preparation is
essential for any interview.
an interview with Forbes,
author David Parnell breaks it down by stating simply, “A workplace strength is any ability that is enjoyable, applicable, and
that you are better at than most of your colleagues.” Parnell suggests paying
close attention to your feelings when carrying out certain tasks to determine
whether or not they are strengths for you. For instance, when working with
patient advocacy and communication, do you feel frustrated, flustered or
confused? If so, your strengths may lie elsewhere. Likewise, if you feel happy,
fulfilled and confident when working directly with patients, this may be an
area in which you excel.
Just as you wouldn’t want to be too generic with your response
about weaknesses, nor do you want to be generic with your response about your
strengths. The best way to avoid being too generic is to provide an example. If
you excel at leadership, give a quick explanation that supports your claim. Did
you supervise a team of nurses? Train team members on new technology?
The best way to prepare for this question is to work on
identifying and routinely improving your strengths and weaknesses. Many people
find it helpful to create a list of their strengths and weaknesses, along with
a separate column that details ways to improve.
While this question can be a pain to answer, it prompts candidates
to develop an important trait: self-reflection. The best way to improve as an
employee is to continually work on correcting your weaknesses and building on
your strengths. Lily Whiteman of The
Washington Post writes
that interviewers ask this question not because they’re expecting applicants to
be completely transparent, but because they like to know that a candidate
possesses “key qualities such as
self-awareness, humility, sincerity, zest and skill in managing shortcomings
and mistakes.” Displaying these
characteristics not only in your answer to this question, but in your work
ethic as an employee afterward, will help you find success in the healthcare
field long after the interview has concluded.
is an engineering student who also blogs about a wide range of topics related
to employment and job hunting.
The Affordable Care
Act, passed in 2010, made sweeping changes to the healthcare industry. The
law included measures that were designed to reduce common insurance industry
abuses and improve access and affordability for consumers. The individual
mandate is often considered the most far-reaching aspect of the legislation.
This mandate requires that most consumers purchase health insurance policies or
plans that cover specific essential health benefits to help people stay healthy
or better manage chronic conditions. Health insurance exchanges will be created
to provide consumers and small businesses with search and comparison tools,
insurance plan ratings and a uniform application process.
How Healthcare Reform Will Affect the Healthcare Industry
Ultimately, the Affordable Care Act will increase the number of people
accessing healthcare. Experts have estimated that more than 40 million people will
enter the healthcare system. Many of these patients will need only routine or
preventive care to maintain their health. Others, particularly those who have
previously lacked access to healthcare and aging baby boomers, may need more
active health management and more extensive care. Healthcare professionals are
already in great demand, and nursing staff is often short-handed. This influx
of new patients could place a significantly increased burden on doctors and
The nearly 3 million registered nurses who
currently work in clinical settings, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities
act as the foundation of the healthcare system. Registered nursing is becoming
an increasingly important job with enhanced responsibilities. The new emphasis
on preventive care along with new models of care delivery will require
flexibility, stringent adherence to protocols, coordinated holistic healthcare
and careful management of chronic health problems. The healthcare industry will increasingly rely on
the skills of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The demand for registered nurses will only increase as the healthcare system
expands and transforms to include nurse-managed healthcare and quality-of-care
improvements. RNs will need to be adaptable and prepared for the changes that
are coming over the horizon so that they can continue to respond to the healthcare
needs of the millions of Americans currently in their care and those who soon
Meeting New Challenges
The Affordable Care Act has created a framework for team-based care that is
designed to improve patient outcomes. This new model of healthcare ensures that
consumers have access to a team of healthcare professionals including
physicians, PAs, NPs, pharmacists and psychologists when needed. These healthcare
teams will work closely together to boost quality of care and reduce costs but
may place an added burden on nurses and allied health workers.
The new care delivery model will almost certainly increase demand, which is why
the Affordable Care Act is also designed to invest in the healthcare workers
who will manage the system. This investment is critical to the success of the
ACA and will substantially increase funding to numerous
• Investments in the National Nurse Service Corps, which helps nurses repay
student loans in exchange for their work in underserved areas
• Investments in the National Health Service Corps, which increases access to
primary care providers in underserved areas
• Increases funding for nursing scholarships, grants and loan repayment
programs to stimulate interest and accessibility to training in the healthcare
• Investments in research into improved patient care and outcomes
Healthcare providers will also enjoy a more streamlined system. Paperwork will
be standardized and simplified to reduce red tape and costly, time-consuming
bureaucracy. Innovative primary care models are being developed, and
coordinated care management models will ensure that healthcare workers have the
tools they need to provide efficient, consistently high-quality care. Using
coordinated standards, rewards for meeting patient outcome goals and
establishing medically driven priorities will all play roles in the new healthcare
The fastest growing job in the healthcare industry is that of the registered
nurse, which is predicted to increase nearly 25 percent. More than half a
million registered nurse jobs will be available, and another quarter of a
million positions will be available for CNAs, transport teams and allied health
fields. In fact, over the next 15 years, an estimated 25 percent of all new
jobs will be in the healthcare industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For
those in the healthcare community, the changes associated with healthcare
reform will bring many new challenges—but also new opportunities.
Guest author Lana Delridge writes about
the ensuing ramifications of the Affordable Care Act on a variety of different
groups, ranging from recent college graduates to veterans with mesothelioma.
field of physical therapy focuses on the treatment of a medical condition
through external methods, rather than through surgical or pharmaceutical means.
Due in part to an aging population and increased access to healthcare, physical
therapy (like many other healthcare fields) is expected to see higher than average
growth over the next 10 years. In fact, according to US News, this particular field will see an
employment growth of 39%. In addition, unemployment in the field remains lower
than average, at 1.8%.
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the mean annual salary for a physical therapist as of May 2012 was $81,110. Physical therapists are
employed in many different settings, including private physician practices,
hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare clinics. Home healthcare agencies also
employ physical therapists to provide care in patients’ homes, and some physical
therapists operate their own facilities. Salaries and demand for physical
therapists vary greatly from state to state. Highly populated states generally
offer more and better employment opportunities for physical therapists.
While physical therapists can specialize in any number of areas, from
orthopedics to sports rehab, all physical therapists must
obtain a graduate degree (either a master of physical therapy or
doctor of physical therapy) from an accredited program, and apply for a license.
to the statistics of the American Board of Physical
Therapists, the following are the top five specializations within
the field of physical therapy.
As a subset of physical therapy developed over the 1970s and 80s, geriatric
physical therapy deals with the treatment of health conditions in older adults.
This type of therapy can also help stroke patients regain lost physical
function and improve the lives of patients with degenerative diseases such as
arthritis and osteoporosis. Elderly patients, who regularly deal with a number
of health issues, may also struggle with depression or stress; as a result,
physical therapists in this field must be creative, patient, pay close
attention to detail, and be comfortable working as part of a larger medical
team, according to Andrew A. Guccione (author of Geriatric
Physical Therapy). The average salary for a geriatric physical
therapist varies by location, but can be anywhere from $80,000 to $92,000.
While children and infants are affected by many of the same types of illnesses
and injuries as adults, their smaller bodies often respond differently to
treatment. Pediatric physical therapists provide specialized care for younger
patients, and often work with them to develop motor skills. Pediatric physical
therapists typically work with children with congenital health problems and
birth defects, such as spina bifida and Down syndrome. These patients can
benefit from early intervention and therapy while their bodies are still
growing. The average salary for a pediatric physical
therapist can range anywhere from $84,000 in Virginia to as high as $115,000 in
larger cities like New York.
Orthopedic physical therapy is one of the more well-known disciplines in the
field of physical therapy. Orthopedics is dedicated to musculoskeletal health.
The arms, legs, hands and feet are the parts of the body most prone to severe
injury, such as sprains, strains, joint problems, breaks and amputation.
Physical therapists can help treat these conditions and improve range of motion
and flexibility of injured limbs. Physical therapy can also help patients who
must learn to use a prosthetic device to replace a missing limb.
People who have sustained neurological damage, such as that caused by a severe
head injury from a fall or automobile accident, often benefit from ongoing
physical therapy to regain lost function. Repetitive exercises and other types
of therapy can help improve nerve and muscle function for many patients with
brain damage or other nervous system impairments.
Athletes are prone to specialized injuries and although some of these injuries
can be treated using orthopedic therapy, some require additional, targeted
care. Sports physical therapists are specially trained in the treatment and
rehabilitation of neuromusculoskletal injuries. Physical
therapists who specialize in sports injuries can work at a larger clinic or
hospital, or work as part of a medical staff for a sports team.
Regardless of the specialty, the work of a physical therapist generally
includes meeting with patients to identify the reasons that treatment is being
sought. After determining the cause and nature of the patient’s problems, a
care regimen is developed. Some patients require a comprehensive, full-body
approach to physical therapy, while others may only need to improve one particular
body part or body function. Physical therapists work to treat each patient’s
condition using such methods as moving or manipulating an area of the body,
repeatedly practicing a specific motion or retraining an injured area of the
body that has lost the ability to perform as it once did. Physical therapists
also help patients with balance and coordination problems, mobility problems
and limited physical endurance. Some of the most common conditions treated by
physical therapists include helping patients regain the use of an injured limb,
recover from a stroke or severe head injury, or learn to live with a physical
deformity or missing body part. In general, physical therapists must themselves
be in good physical condition to assist with patient mobility. They must be
effective communicators and possess a caring persona.
Physical therapy is an excellent career choice for a person who enjoys caring
for others but who does not wish to undergo the rigors of medical school. The
work of physical therapists is important to the recovery of patients with
severe injuries and illnesses. The demand for talented and caring physical
therapists is only expected to increase in the coming years as the American
population ages and healthcare technologies improve.
Dominguez is a Texas resident, health care blogger and aspiring physical
therapist. By going into physical therapy, she looks forward to assisting
people who put their bodies on the line in their professions, such as roofers
and AC Repair
specialists in Houston, Texas.
Interviews for healthcare positions often include the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question. While many candidates feel uncomfortable answering this question (or are just unsure of how to respond), this is actually a powerful tool that can be used in any industry to help the employer determine if a candidate is a good fit. Rather than sweat this open-ended question, candidates can use these tips to answer with ease.
Understand Why the Question is Being Asked
The specific reasons for the question are likely to vary; however, the question is most often asked to determine how articulate the candidate is, how he or she handles a stressful situation (or a situation that catches them off guard), and to determine the level of confidence the candidate has in his or her abilities. According to an article in BusinessInsider, knowing how to answer this question quickly and confidently can “set the tone for the entire interview” and do just as much (if not more) for you than your résumé.
While it is not at all uncommon for interviewers to ask this question, many candidates still find it particularly difficult to answer. Instead of seeing this question as a challenge or allowing themselves to be stumped, healthcare candidates should see it as an opportunity to describe themselves in a positive manner and to highlight their strengths.
How Not to Answer
The interviewer does not want to know about your hobbies, likes and dislikes. Instead, the interviewer just wants to know what type of employee you are and whether you meet the requirements for the position. You should never disclose personal or potentially negative details about your life, including where you were born or where you moved when you were young, how many children you have, the name of your spouse, or what you like to do on the weekends.
Keep it Short and Simple
When answering the “tell me about yourself” question, keep your answer brief. The employer is seeking a little bit of information about you — not your entire life story. According to an article in Forbes, your answer to this question should be no more than two minutes, and it should cover your education, work history and recent career experience. Spend the majority of your (very limited) time discussing your recent career experience by mentioning an important accomplishment.
Let Them Know What Brought You Here
In addition to quickly covering your education history and work experience, an article by CNN suggests concluding your response by informing the interviewer of your future goals. Doing so can also help answer yet another difficult question: “Why did you leave your last job?”
For example, an aspiring surgical nurse might respond with:
“I earned a bachelor of science in nursing from University of X, and I have been working as a managing nurse at Children’s Hospital for the last 10 years, where I supervised a staff of five and [mention one or two additional accomplishments]. While I enjoyed my time with the hospital, I am looking for an opportunity that will allow me to allow me to further develop my clinical skills in pediatric surgery.”
Ask the Interviewer a Follow-up Question
If you feel comfortable enough, you may want to consider following up your response with a question for the interviewer. This can be a question about the position, or about what characteristics that will make someone successful in this position. Asking a question of the interviewer after providing your response can help you portray yourself as confident, driven and (most importantly) very serious about the position.
Practice Makes Perfect
An experienced interviewer can always spot someone who is unprepared for an interview. Unprepared candidates may ramble on about their life history or even negative aspects of their work history, and delve into personal matters that are not relevant to the position. A good rule of thumb is to focus on what interests the interviewer.
It is crucial that any person going for an interview is fully prepared to answer this question with poise and confidence. This will come with practice. Ask a friend or family member to run through a practice interview with you, and have them ask you some of these tough questions. When it comes time to answer, you will be prepared and ready to deliver with confidence.
Guest author Christie Logan contributed this post on behalf of NOVA Medical Centers, a nationwide leader in pre-employment drug testing and other occupational medicine services.
Sending a thank you letter to a potential employer after an interview is a crucial step that most job seekers (more than 40 percent, in fact) completely disregard. Crafting the perfect thank you letter can help provide the edge that is needed to stand out from the other applicants. And in an industry that can be extremely competitive, like healthcare, taking steps to stand out is essential.
It is important to send your letter within two business days of the interview. Rather than just thanking the interviewer for his or her time, the thank you letter should:
· Display your appreciation for the interest that the employer took in you and your application
· Reiterate the interest that you have for the position that you applied for
· Review and remind the employer or interviewer about the qualifications that you have for the position.
When you begin writing your thank you letter, start by thanking the interviewer for his or her time as well as for their consideration for the job. Much like you would clarify the position you are applying for in your cover letter, so should you be specific about the job that you interviewed about. For example, writing “thank you for taking the time this afternoon to discuss the assistant medical coder position at your hospital,” reminds the interview which position you were interested in.
While e-mailing a thank you letter is acceptable, traditional mail is preferred. A handwritten note typically comes across as more personal. Don’t forget that your thank you letter still leaves an impression; as such, take the time to carefully check and re-check the spelling and grammar to ensure the letter appears professional. If you struggle with penmanship, you may want to type your note.
Demonstrate You Were Paying Attention
To demonstrate that you were paying attention and that you took the time to write a note specifically for this interviewer (rather than recycle a previous thank you note), mention something the two of you discussed during your interview. This can be as simple as conveying your excitement about a new addition to the hospital or mentioning an interesting or surprising aspect you learned about the position for which you interviewed.
Reiterate What You Have to Offer
Take a small portion of your thank you letter to refresh the recipient’s memory about exactly what you have to offer. This shouldn’t be as lengthy as your cover letter, but simply adding a few sentences about what skills you possess will once again convey you as a great candidate. For this section, you should draw on your conversation with the interviewer or look for small clues about the company’s current needs. For instance, if your interviewer spoke about hectic patient volume, mention once again that you excel at multi-tasking and work well under pressure.
Seal the Deal
Finally, let the interviewer for the position know that you are ready to start working. Display a bit of tenacity in this section—you should appear confident and excited about the possibility of being part of their team. Be sure to include your contact information once again in the close of your letter. Not only will this save your interviewer from having to dig through piles of resumes for your number or email, but it also makes it easier for him or her to contact you to offer you the position.
What to Do if You Do Not Hear from the Employer
When your interview ends, the interviewer should inform you of the procedures for following up with potential hires. This includes information about who will be contacting you, how they will contact you (email, phone, etc.), and when you should expect to hear something from the healthcare facility. If you were not informed of this, of did not ask, you can use the thank you letter in order to find out.
If more than a week has passed since you were informed that you would hear something, you can take initiative to email or call in order to find out the status of the hiring. Always do so in a polite and respectful manner—you are likely to receive a quicker response this way.
Skipping the thank you note can be a mistake—especially in the healthcare field. Taking the time to write a thank you letter for your interviewer can help you stand out from other applicants and, more importantly, offer you an extra chance to make a lasting impression.
A thank you letter is certainly not exclusive to people applying for jobs in the healthcare industry; the same tips apply to people seeking finance or accounting related opportunities, such as those found at www.moneyjobs.com.
As a healthcare professional, you have spent countless hours obtaining your education or certification. Landing your first job was both exciting and overwhelming. But when cutbacks hit, you may find yourself a victim of the unemployment line. If you’re one of the thousands facing this situation, your next thought is likely, “What now?”
Sometimes you may be lucky enough to find a job within a week; however, many healthcare professionals find themselves facing longer periods of layoff, which can leave them discouraged.
While it may be tempting to curl up and hide, instead you need to learn what it takes to obtain that next job. The more confident you become at making yourself marketable, the more quickly you will distinguish yourself from other applicants when attempting to break back into the field.
The marketability that you have actually refers to several different elements. These elements include:
• how desirable you are for employment
• your worth as a prospective hire
• academic preparedness
• personal characteristics: motivated, ambitious and dedicated.
The marketability that you possess also denotes the amount of flexibility you have when searching for new employment. Just because you have been out of work doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a job that is below your skill level.
So, how can you become more marketable? Use the following tips to ensure that you’re as desirable as possible to a potential new employer.
Your resume is your voice. This is the first impression that your potential employer will have of you, therefore you should ensure that it’s impressive. Include evidence of leadership, social skills, academic achievements and your personal initiative. You need to stand out from the other healthcare professionals who may be applying for the same position — and your resume is your first weapon to achieve this.
Think of your resume as a calling card. The more impressive you make it, the more desired you will become as a candidate for the position. Polish up your resume by correcting any typos, and make sure your information and employment history is up-to-date.
Donate Your Services
If you’re out of work for long periods of time, you’re likely to become restless. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, consider donating your services and expertise. Look around your local area for clinics or other healthcare facilities that could use your services. While this work oftentimes goes uncompensated, it will allow you to pad your resume and keep practicing important skills. This is also a great way to make connections that could lead to a new job opportunity.
Think Globally, and Brush Up on Skills
If you’re a smart worker in a global economy, you should be capable of working for diverse facilities of any size. Learn another language, take time to participate in multicultural initiatives, and attend seminars and workshops. In addition to preparing yourself for a new environment, take time to brush up on existing skills, and add a few new ones.
Consider taking classes toward earning a new certification. Whether it’s an introduction to a new nursing technique or a technology-related course for medical coders, using your time off to earn a new certification will make you more competitive when you’re ready to jump back into the workforce.
Explaining the Loss of Employment
No matter the cause of your unemployment — restructured, terminated, downsized, etc. — be honest about the reason for your dismissal. If you don’t tell the truth, it will likely come out when your potential employer verifies your references. This may actually cause you to lose the job offer.
Stay positive. Explain what you have learned during your unemployment period and how you can use this new knowledge to contribute to the job where you’re interviewing.
Make sure you have legitimate and strong references. This can be your best asset in a situation of long-term unemployment.
It may be difficult for someone in the healthcare industry to deal with a period of unemployment. You took the time to complete years of education, yet have lost a job that you worked hard to earn. By using the tips and information here, you can get back into the workforce more prepared — and more driven — than ever.
This article was written by Robert Tritter, an aspiring lawyer who looks forward to establishing himself in the legal field. He writes this on behalf of the Farley Law Firm, a firm with an expertise in cases involving Wrongful Termination.
You've applied for a job, submitted a stunning resume, and have been selected for an interview. This is great: You're ahead of a number of other applicants, and your chances of getting the job are increasing every step of the way. To give yourself an even better chance, ensure that you leave a great impression after the interview by doing a bit of research beforehand.
Why You Should Research the Company?
By becoming familiar with the company you're interviewing with — be it a hospital or small clinic, a research center or a medical laboratory — you gain a better understanding of exactly what the job you're applying for might entail. You also can learn about the organization’s workplace culture, future developments in the company, and any rules, regulations, or managerial attitudes that might affect your employment.
Research will help you answer common interview questions such as, “Why do you want to work for us?" and, "Do you have any questions for me?" The first is easily answered if you can relate your reply to the company's mission statement, core values, or recent advancements in the area that you’re applying for a position in. Has the hospital recently expanded their psychiatric ward to benefit their patients? Has a research center made a breakthrough in cancer treatment?
When you respond to the second question, remember to mention that you've done taken the time to do research. For example, "I saw on your website that …” is a great lead in. Make sure you have a number of questions ready to go. Ask about the organization’s goals for a new project that you read about or the increase in patient volume expected at a new clinic.
Additionally, having extra information on hand can help you feel prepared for a promising interview, and build your confidence before you even set foot in the door. Going the extra step shows that you are enthusiastic and care about the job.
The Best Way to Get Information
Your first resource should be the company's website. The "About Us" section usually includes an official mission statement, history, a list of services offered, and management or departments within the organization. You'll occasionally get new information by following the company on a social media network such as Twitter or Facebook. LinkedIn offers company profiles with statistics, recent job postings, and recent hires and layoffs. If the company has been featured recently in any news articles or videos, try to bring them up during the interview.
If you have a connection with someone who currently works at the company, ask them what it's like to work there or if there's anything that they think you should know. Gather details about the dress code, hours you might be expected to work, and what you could expect during the interview. During your interview, if you judge it to be appropriate, mention this contact.
Showing Off Your Knowledge
Once you compile all the useful information you can, it's important to not let your hard work go to waste. During the interview, comment on your research as often as you can without sounding awkward. Refer to how their values correspond to your own, when asked why you might be a good fit for the organization. Ask what the interviewer thinks about recent achievements. Drop a comment about how you've always been interested in a lesser-known aspect of the company's services.
If the company doesn't have much information available online, talk about how you tried to do some research about certain topics, and ask if the interviewer can provide some of information that you were looking for.
Consider researching information that won't necessarily be addressed in the interview but can still be helpful to know. Look up competing businesses, negative reviews or news articles, and employee complaints to gain a more complete view of what working there might be like. During the interview, however, avoid bringing up anything undesirable about the company or questioning any of their decisions in a critical way.
Likewise, perform a quick Internet search on yourself — as it's entirely possible that your potential employer is doing the same — to make sure there's nothing online that could jeopardize your chances of getting the job. If you need to, clean up your social media profiles, and be prepared to talk about anything that you cannot remove. With the surge of social media, you need to manage your online reputation.
Putting in your homework before the interview is critical in any field, and it’s especially true if you want to become a certified nurse. There are sites available to research CNA certification training to find out if it’s the right career for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of professionals in the field before you decide to sign up for classes; it’s worth the extra effort.
A combination of rapidly advancing medical technology and an aging population ensures that healthcare will continue to be one of the fastest growing industries. This is great news for anyone thinking about entering the healthcare field, whether they work in a hospital, a lab, or a factory that produces necessary medical equipment. Unfortunately, while healthcare professionals are in demand, that doesn’t guarantee an easy path to employment.
One of the hardest and most nerve-wracking, yet immensely critical, steps on that path is the interview. The interview is a chance for employers to meet and assess their potential employees, usually through a standard set of questions. Here are some of the most difficult questions employers like to ask and some tips on providing the best answers:
1. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This can be uncomfortable to answer because no one likes being genuinely self-critical. Be careful about which weakness you’re drawing attention to. By choosing a professional trait such as prioritizing issues or procrastination, rather than a personal one such as likes to daydream, lazy, forgetful, you can alleviate some of that discomfort while providing a relevant answer.
Most importantly, give examples showing how you’re resolving the issue. If you’re a hospital administrator who has had troubles with public speaking, have you signed up for an acting or speech class? If you’re uncomfortable administering certain health procedures, have you been practicing them with an experienced supervisor? Employers like to see self-awareness and initiative.
Remember to never claim that you don’t have weaknesses. Doing so could make you look arrogant, too afraid to do some soul-searching, or both. Also, avoid offering a weakness that is actually a strength. Doing so can seem dishonest and make you appear as though you aren’t willing to learn and grow. Employers can tell when “being too devoted to work” is a lie and won’t be impressed.
2. How Would Your Last Co-workers (or Boss/Manager/Supervisor) Describe You?
Although it’s a great opportunity to brag about yourself through someone else, this question and follow-ups like, “How would you describe your last boss?” and “What were your co-workers like?” can also trap you into bad-mouthing people at your old job or lying about yourself. Never say anything negative about other people. If there was a notable situation, personal or professional, between you and anyone else (and, yes, the interviewer will ask about that too), avoid assigning blame. Instead, focus on how it was solved or what you learned from it. Additionally, avoid saying anything about yourself that you know for a fact a co-worker or your boss wouldn’t say about you. If you have a glowing quarterly report, letter of recommendation, or contact information for a good professional reference, now would be the time to pull it out.
3. Why Are You Looking For A Job? Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
This answer should be straightforward. The best replies will include career advancement or personal growth, but avoid mentioning money — even if a larger salary is what drew you in. You don’t want to sound greedy. If you can offer specific reasons for wanting to work there, do so. Talking about the appeal or reputation of the company or hospital to show you’ve done your research.
Once again, try not say anything negative about your last job or the people there. If you were fired, explain the reason for it calmly, and take responsibility for your actions. If you were downsized, remain positive and display understanding of the situation. If you left for personal reasons, be ready to explain precisely what they were.
4. Why Should I Hire You?
This is your chance to shine. Sum up your skills, experiences, and strengths as neatly as you can. Emphasize what you’ll be able to offer the company. Focus on everything that’s relevant to the position that you’re applying for. You want to look like a tailor-made candidate.
5. Why Do You Want To Go Into The Healthcare Industry?
Everyone wants to save lives and help people, but why are you doing this? This common question should have a personal answer. Keep it truthful and as un-clichéd as possible. This question most often will be asked to recent graduates or applicants who have recently changed careers. Healthcare applicants who have previously held positions at hospitals or clinics may be asked questions that are more specifically job-related. For example, nurses may be asked how they handle stress or difficult patients.
When employers ask bizarre questions during the interview process, such as this question purported to be asked by Google interviewers, “How many cows are in Canada?” it could be to test how well you react to surprises and show your creativity. In some cases, it can offer the interviewer psychological insights into how you think and view yourself. Your best bet here is to answer quickly, calmly, and truthfully.
While there is an increasing demand for healthcare professionals, many positions remain competitive. Take the time to research and practice answering these difficult interview questions. By being prepared and articulate, you can set yourself apart from other applicants and leave a lasting impression on potential employers. There are many ways you can stay on top of healthcare related trends and the latest interview techniques. A popular solution for many people is to download apps or helpful study aids directly to their mobile phone. If you are looking for an iphone, check out Kensington and the different options they have to protect and locate your iphone if it gets stolen.
In 2009, President Obama introduced an initiative that moved forward the implementation of digital record keeping in hospitals across the country. In doing so, new opportunities arose for qualified professionals hoping to execute health information technology and use the data to improve the quality of patient care.
In fact, US News called health information management one of the “Nine New College Majors with a Future,” claiming that the “American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 workers in the next five to seven years.” While nearly all areas of health information technology look promising for the future, these particular management positions are in some the top growing fields.
Information Security Manager
Providing a holistic approach to healthcare and lowering healthcare costs are two potential benefits of the push toward digital records keeping in healthcare; however, storing information online or in a shared hospital database also may present new threats to patient privacy. As such, health information security managers and other IT security specialists are among the most promising careers in health information management.
Information security managers are responsible not only for overseeing the IT security workforce, but also for overseeing the development and maintenance of security policies and programs.
Information security managers must complete a bachelor’s degree in health information management (or a similar field). Most security managers also seek out certification, including becoming Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) and a becoming a Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM).
Data Quality Manager
Part of ensuring the growth of successful digital medical record keeping programs is ensuring that documentation practices consistently meet a high standard of quality in order to best serve patients’ needs. Data quality managers are responsible for “developing, implementing and maintaining a compliance plan for coding, health records, reimbursement, and other data.”
Data quality managers are essentially responsible for data quality assessment and the creation of a formal review process, making healthcare professionals who are detail oriented and organized especially apt for this position. Data quality managers must possess a bachelor’s degree in health information management and have plenty of professional experience (at least five to 10 years) before applying. A master’s degree or other credential is sometimes preferred.
Coding Manager/Coding Specialist
Healthcare information technicians who are working in coding or billing, and who are looking for career mobility or management experience, may find success as a coding manager. Coding managers oversee the hospital’s coding department — this includes training new staff members, monitoring performance, and distributing assignments. As such, the position is best suited for healthcare workers who enjoy working with people and are comfortable assuming a leadership role.
In addition to strong interpersonal skills, coding managers must have experience with healthcare record systems and at least a bachelor’s degree. preferably in health information management or a similar field.
Research and Development Scientist/Manager
Health information professionals who would rather oversee the development of new technology will enjoy a career as a research and development scientist. Professionals in this field are still committed to improving healthcare quality, access and safety, though do so by operating within the realm of healthcare policy, technological developments, and research, rather than directly in hospitals. While this career path may be better suited for healthcare information professionals who are especially interested in technology, working in this field may also open doors for a career in healthcare information education or training. Those who chose to stick with the IT development route usually achieve PhD in computer science or bioengineering.
One of the fastest growing jobs in healthcare information technology management may be that of the practitioner consultant. While a person in this field may go on to be a director of health information management, they’re responsible for overseeing a high level of work as a consultant. Key to growth in the field for these professionals is their responsibility to monitor the planning and implementation of healthcare information technology and to provide solutions when challenges arise. Practitioner consultants are the mediating force responsible for ensuring the needs of healthcare IT workers, patients, and physicians are met.
While it may seem commonplace in many hospitals, digital medical record keeping is still relatively new, and the push for increased use of data in medicine means there must be healthcare professionals to handle issues and concerns, and then offer suggestions for improvements. As such, those who excel at multi-tasking and problem-solving will find the most success in this exciting field.
The growth of digital record keeping and the ever-increasing development of new technology in hospitals across the country make healthcare information management an exciting role, and professionals who choose one of these career paths are sure to see their field grow and evolve during this transformative period.
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