Have you stopped to look at the ever-changing world of healthcare in recent years?
If not, you’ve missed a number of happenings, some of which may very well have impacted you whether you acknowledged them or not.
While many people have heralded Obamacare as being the answer to their healthcare nightmares, others sport a different opinion.
No matter which side of the coin you fall on, it is important to do your best to stay abreast of the changes taking place.
For those who do not stay in touch, it can prove to be a financial and healthcare nightmare for that matter.
Changes in the Making
Given there is an evolving role of transitional leadership in healthcare, both professionals and patients must adapt.
For example, nurses are being asked in many instances to do more than ever before.
From working longer hours to being in on what maybe once were not considered traditional nursing roles, the women and men working in the nursing field have to adapt. Without adapting to the on-going changes in the healthcare field, they can easily get left behind.
As mentioned earlier, the implementation several years ago of Obamacare has changed the landscape not only for thousands and thousands of patients, but also many in the medical profession, notably doctors.
With more and more doctors not wanting to deal with the insurance fallout from Obamacare, the answer for some has been to leave their practices and work elsewhere in the medical field.
Less doctors in practices and for that matter hospitals means nurses are being asked to step up and take on more defined roles.
Demand for Nurses Continues Nationwide
Peruse the newspaper or online want ads on any given week and you will almost always see advertisements for nursing help.
While there are a number of reasons for the demand in nurses, two of them are the critical care that more and more of them are being asked to deliver, along with the fact that Americans are living longer. As the population ages, more of them end up at medical practices and in hospitals for healthcare.
Given that nurses oftentimes serve as a bridge between patient and doctor, it is critical that they have a good relationship with both.
Stop for a moment and think about the last time you were in a medical practice or hospital. What amount of time was spent with the doctor versus the amount of time you had conversations and/or assistance from a nurse? Safe to say, you probably had more time and interaction with your nurse or nurses.
While doctors still take the lead role at both their practices and when caring for patients in a hospital setting, nurses will continue to evolve into more of a leadership role now and in the years to come. This will especially be true if there continues to be shrinkage in the number of doctors practicing nationwide.
For those already in nursing or thinking about such a career, it is important to remember these factors:
- Job opportunities – There are no apparent signs of a lessening of demand for nurses across the country. If you have the dedication and skills for this field, there should almost always be job opportunities available;
- Increased leadership roles – As more patients come to both medical clinics and hospitals seeking care, nurses will continue to be an important piece of the healthcare puzzle. Along with the necessary medical skills, good communication skills are essential. Given the demands on doctors and/or their absence at times when patients call or stop by a medical facility, nurses must be able to deal with a variety of medical situations. Having the skills and patience to deal with myriad of personalities is nothing short of critical;
- Continued education – Being open to continuing one’s nursing education (both online and in-person) is all but a necessity. As medicine continues to evolve, nurses will be asked to do the same. By learning more on-the-job skills, along with additional information in the classroom, nurses will be even better positioned to increase their roles and salaries.
As more changes undoubtedly come in the healthcare industry, those nurses willing to embrace and grow with the changes will more than likely prove successful.
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About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business and medical topics on the web.