5 Smart Investments You Should Be Making for Your Healthcare Career

 

5 Smart Investments You Should Be Making for Your Healthcare Career

 

As the healthcare industry continues to advance, so do the skill and experience requirements of healthcare establishments. No matter what specialty of healthcare you work in, from nursing to dentistry to couples counseling, you are competing with your current coworkers and other applicants to have the most eye-catching resume. To ensure that your resume stands out, be sure to demonstrate your dedication to the industry through obtaining certifications, doing research projects, attending conferences, taking professional development classes, or perusing an online degree.

 

Certifications

 

Regardless of your healthcare specialty, there are certifications you can obtain to not only help you stand out in your current position but also benefit you if you're looking for a new position. For example, if you are a school nurse and your state doesn't require you to hold a school nurse certification in addition to your nursing degree, consider completing a program to obtain one. Doing so will not only increase your knowledge on caring for pediatric patients, but increase your pay and make you more competitive. Or, if you are a nurse working on a medical-surgical floor and you want to make a change to an intensive care unit in the near future, obtain your Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification to help you stand out and demonstrate your commitment to continuing education.

 

Research

 

Engaging in research is not only beneficial to advance your current knowledge of a subject, it also enables you to be a driving force for change and advancement in the healthcare industry. Many health network systems now require their employees to engage in research, such as nurses and physicians at teaching hospitals. Doing research also enables you to network with other professionals in your specialty. If your place of employment does not require it, try managing your own research project or reach out to other professionals in your field who are currently involved in a project.

 

Conferences

 

Attending a conference in your field is extremely beneficial to advance your career, especially if you are able to represent your current place of employment by doing a presentation. Conferences enable people in a specific field to obtain continuing education through educational presentations and training stations based on current evidence. Conferences are also a great place to network with other people in your field.

 

Professional Development

 

Professional development classes are beneficial to build upon your current skills and to learn new ones. Types of classes include, but are not limited to: teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, time management, stress reduction, and leadership and management skills. Such classes are available in person or online.

 

Online Degrees

 

If you desire to advance your current career or branch out into a new one, consider pursuing an online degree. This is especially beneficial if you don't have the time to attend classes but want to continue your education. For example, a nurse who is interested in focusing their career on nursing informatics and technology could work full-time or part-time while obtaining a health informatics online degree.

There are many ways to advance your healthcare career, whether you obtain certifications, become involved with research, attend conferences, take professional development classes, or complete an online degree. Regardless of what works best for your schedule and career ambitions, it is important to invest in your career to better yourself and stay competitive.

 

By: Lizzie Weakley