There is a point in the average healthcare career where it can feel like you’re treading water.
Far from the early days when you were panicking at every turn, you have adapted. You now know your job; you know how to do it, how it works, the ins and outs, and the solution of every problem that is put in front of you. It can even feel like you’re going through days on autopilot, some way from the initial challenges that so excited you when you embarked on this career path.
It’s at this point that many working in healthcare begin to wonder about looking for something more. That “more” is relatively undefined. It’s borne more from the sense that they want something different, but rarely is there an obvious next step to take.
If you ever find yourself in that situation, then it’s worth taking the time to consider what “more” might suit you. Healthcare is a vibrant field, always full of new technologies and innovations. In this industry, there is no reason to feel bored or lacking in a challenge. So why not run down this list and see which advancement opportunities might suit you?
Option 1: Management
If you have been working as a nurse or doctor on the front lines of patient care, then the idea of moving into management might sound strange. You might worry you will miss the everyday interactions that make the job so worth it.
This might be the case, but think of what you will be able to do with your newfound power. You can use your experience to help those working with patients give their best every time, organizing a team of dedicated enthusiastic workers and getting the most from them. You can still do patient work too if you prefer, giving you the best of both worlds.
Option 2: Education
If the idea of being the boss doesn’t appeal, then it’s always worth considering the field of education. You have mastered your line of work, have done years learning valuable lessons as a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare worker – so why not help the next generation get a head start?
Moving into education is a natural progression for people in a field that is dedicated to helping people. You could do a Masters in nursing education or look to join a teaching hospital, giving you the perfect opportunity to share your knowledge with the “you” of the future.
Option 3: Your Own Business
Healthcare is a big business. Hospitals and clinics are huge and anonymous for the most part. Perhaps the next step in your career could be switching your focus away from this environment, and opening a smaller clinic for you to practice from?
Going into business is never easy, but you can be sure you have the experience and the knowledge to make the healthcare side of it work. Take a business course to help nourish your existing knowledge into a business plan, or partner with another person who can take care of that side of the company. Either way, the smaller, more intimate setting will reinvigorate you, as well as giving you a measure of control over your destiny.