I spent most of my life working in a hospital and I have quite a bit of knowledge about medical jobs. Their ups, their downs and all in between. If you are considering a job in the medical field or wondering if you want to pursue a college degree in a medical job area, please take the time to read this article. It will better inform you of what you are likely to encounter on your journey.
Good pay is offered for many medical jobs. Nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy jobs, lab technicians, radiology, doctors, doctor’s assistants, dental hygienists, physical therapy all pay well and the pay range varies from the education received and also, the years of experience in the chosen field. Good pay and benefits, not to mention job security, are all excellent points about choosing the medical field for your career choice.
The benefits of helping others daily is a very good point about working in the medical field. It is rewarding and challenging. Day to day experiences often change and that keeps the job from being too routine. You never know just what you will encounter in a work shift, day to day. It can be thrilling and very satisfying.
Long hours can be a nightmare. For medical office type jobs, there is usually a set eight hour schedule and that is very good. Medical office jobs and dental office workers usually have weekends off. That is a big plus. For the rest of medical workers, especially if you work in a hospital setting, more than likely, you will find yourself working twelve hour shifts. A day. Seven in the morning to seven at night. If you are on the night shift, it is seven at night to seven in the morning. Those are some long hours and in my opinion, you do not have enough time to eat proper meals, do any everyday daily things and get adequate sleep while working twelve hour a day shifts. Especially if you have small children and you have to work several twelve hour work shifts in a row. It’s a sure bet that you will be working many weekends, which can cut into church time and social fun. You also may be required to take call, which means you carry a beeper and are subject to being called back to work, even though you are at home. Also, you will be working many holidays that you are used to being off work for. It can get to be overwhelming.
You must prepared for medical emergencies at all times, including facing patient’s deaths, over and over, sometimes many times, during one hospital shift. A lot of dying can and does happen in the hospital setting. Even working in a dental office, you can encounter medical emergencies. Your powers of coping and optimistic attitude will be needed often. You will see things you would rather not see and hear things that you would rather not hear. This is to be expected. Since patient confidentiality is a must, you will not be able to share your experiences with others and you carry the knowledge with you. Learning to deal with it is an art and sometimes, it does not come quickly. You may be upset by your day’s work and unable to share with a family member or friend just why you are upset. Often, friends and family that are not working in the medical field would rather not hear about your day. You will encounter that and feel a bit lonely. A strong support group of medical workers as friends helps.
If you work in a busy hospital or in a busy medical practice, the workload can become unbearable. This is why you make more money, you will find out. Nursing, respiratory therapists and emergency medical service workers know this fact all too well. If you are just now deciding what area of the medical field to go into, this knowledge is something that you need to know. Many times, a busy hospital workload is too many patients to care for in one shift. That is terrifying and though you can address this issue with your boss, often, the crisis continues. People have to be treated and taken care of. You will be told to do your best often. You will, but sometimes, you still can’t get it all done. Laws are being passed to limit the number of patients one healthcare worker can take care of in one shift and this is very important. Very few people know just how overwhelming the patient numbers to nurses or therapists ratio can be. Very frightening. Many medical jobs are very high stress.
You will be on your feet constantly. Many people are not aware of how much walking can be done in a large hospital by one worker. It stretches out into many miles in a twelve hour shift. Even medical office jobs require much walking, reaching, bending and carrying. Invest in good shoes!
Consider the fact that what medical job you choose to do will be affected by your age in time. For instance at twenty, you can climb mountains. At forty, you are slowing down a bit. At fifty, it is hard for some to walk many long miles daily in a busy hospital, carrying equipment. Knowing the work challenges of each job beforehand, from nursing to physical therapists will help you choose a medical career that is right for you. I have to admit that I did not think of these issues before I chose my field. That is one of the reasons I am writing this article. Future medical workers need to know these things.
Caring for the elderly can be a medical career option for those that can’t work in a busy hospital setting. Still, the pay is lower and you may have combative and elderly demented patients who verbally abuse you. Abuse should not be tolerated, in any form. It may take time to find a position that is suitable for you, so keep this in mind.
You will meet so many wonderful people as you embark on a medical job. You will be inspired by others courage in the face of illness and pain. You will meet loving family members and friends of unforgettable patients. You will be thanked by most for what you do. You will smile often and feel good about what you are doing. You will feel needed, loved and appreciated by many and that is one of the best things about working in the medical field. You will return the love, smiles and gratitude. You will learn things you never knew about yourself and discover many hidden talents. Patience, creativity, a good attitude and forgiveness all come with these types of jobs. You will also learn lessons about human nature and spirit that just can’t be taught in books.
There are many good points and bad points to choosing a medical job. Rewarding, challenging, exciting, good pay, great benefits are all good points. Long hours, much walking, dealing with death, working on holidays and too many patients to care for properly are all bad points. These are some of the many things that you need to know before choosing a medical job. Sacrifice, dedication, hard work and learning something new daily is a part of this. I will share with you a special thing I learned in healthcare. Medicine combined with love, encouragement, humor and a smile is a potent remedy. It can work miracles. Medical jobs strengthen character, spirit and warmth. They can also be tough and demanding. Consider all sides carefully before choosing your area of medical work. Being informed will help you make better medical career choices.