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Working in the medical profession can be as difficult as it is rewarding. Taking the time to evaluate one’s work is not something many doctors or nurses will have the opportunity to do due to the busy nature of their roles. Here we are going to take a look at some of the testing parts of the healthcare world in an attempt to give some perspective to would-be medics out there. But, bear in mind this is not to deter anyone from the position, far from it. In fact, the aim here is to prepare you would be and current doctors and nurses for the trials ahead so that you can take stock and be ready for the noble profession that awaits you.
For starters, let’s look at the person behind the stethoscope and the stresses you might endure. It can be easy for the patient to forget that you, the physician, have a life outside of the waiting room. That isn’t something patients should be ashamed of, especially when you consider that seeking medical attention can be a very stressful situation. However, it is essential for those of you working in the medical profession to understand how to balance your work with your home life as best you can. Burning out is a real issue that you might face and is not something you want to take lightly.
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Tackling the difficulties mentioned above can come in a variety of forms and taking the time to acknowledge them might just give you the opportunity to create a plan that will give you some breathing room from your job. The art of saying no as a doctor is not one that will come easy, after all, you got into this line of work to help people so turning them down seems counter-intuitive. However, you must find the line between when you are ready and able to help patients and when you need some downtime. Burnout is not a joke and the reality is you could end up doing more harm than good if you choose to power through the strains of your workplace.
Continuing with the theme of your personal life, one of the hardest things to do is to maintain relationships outside of your work. Some physicians can find themselves working up to 80 hours a week with the average according to an AMA insurance study being between 40 and 50 hours. Bearing in mind that at some point in that week you will need to sleep, that doesn’t leave much time for you or your loved ones. Finding a solution to this lack of home time might not be easy but one thing you should consider is planning ahead. Use your different shift patterns or vacation days to ensure you are taking trips or spending time with the people dearest to you. These aren’t just important for them but also for you, your mental health will need you to take time away from the stresses of medical work.
Give your brain a break as much as your body.
Almost all of the issues that affect doctors are going to have a personal affinity to them. However, moving on from work-life balance and onto some of the problems that you can be faced within your facility.
It is no secret that budgets are incredibly challenging to manage in most workplaces, let alone one that is charged with treating the sick. It can be the source of much frustration for many doctors regardless of which side they are on. If you are in charge of the budget, then you will find yourself being challenged regularly over how you spend it. If you are not in charge of finances then you will be disheartened by the lack of funding you’re seeing.
For example, advancements in technology are always welcome, but often they can struggle to get adopted by the medical industry. There are many reasons why tech might not find its way into a practice or hospital, and it can be a great source of frustration for medical staff who are aware of the benefits it can have. Embracing change is not something the pharmaceutical industry will be quick to do, and some might say rightfully so. Budgets are not easy, especially when you are dealing with something as unpredictable as health so taking the time to weigh up the pros and cons of new technology is incredibly important.
“Starting a medical practice is like starting a small business and should include a medical plan. If you’re expecting a loan from a lender, they require a detailed medical plan. You can check with a financial planner to help you with your medical plan. This will cost additional money, but it’s worth it in the long run. Plus, you can get more details from a medical professional that has experience in opening a medical practice. An expert will suggest taking over a practice of a retiring medical professional.” – How To Start A Successful Medical Practice
However, as the world moves into an era where we will all be much more reliant on technology the medical profession will also have to embrace change. But change is something that can be difficult for doctors and nurses because of the sheer scope of their job. We have already discussed the amount of time they are spending working, so being asked to set aside other time for training is going to be difficult. A doctor will understand the benefits of something like a portable ultrasound machine better than almost anyone, but giving them the time to get to grips with it means much more than booking out a training slot like in most offices.
You will be hard-pressed to find a doctor who doesn’t want to make their job more efficient by introducing technology, but making sure it works and is productive is going to be the driving factor behind any decision. Unlike in some other jobs where something new is good, change should not be implemented for change’s sake in the medical profession.
Other financial issues include meeting regulatory demands and adapting to market forces. The former being one area of medicine that the general public may not see, but is critical to the smooth operations of a medical facility. It can end up being more expensive to fail a regulatory demand which causes other issues if it couldn’t be paid for in the first place.
Finance is a significant issue for the healthcare profession and it will have an impact on people who choose this industry for their career. That said, it should not be a determining factor in choosing your job. The problem here is not whether there is money for healthcare but is there enough. Be confident that by entering the field you are not causing further issues.
As with most jobs, doctors and nurses have to face performance reviews. While having these quality measures in place is essential to ensure the proper practice is followed when treating patients, some physicians can find them to be problematic.
Improving healthcare is top of anyone’s list, not least of all the people who are actually working within the sector. However, in recent years there has been some suggestion that rather than improving medical care, the quality measures in place are a hindrance. This is in part because the way care is measured doesn’t necessarily take into account the long-term health of the patient. And that can be a cause for frustration for the professionals administering the treatment. For example, research into a hospital could give you information about how they treat certain problems, but it won’t demonstrate how each case was dealt with on a personal level.
The reasons this can cause stress or frustrations to you as a medical professional are several, such as more quality measures mean more administrative work. As we have already discussed, doctors and their colleagues are already working incredibly long days and weeks leaving them little time to do much else. Adding piles of paperwork to them is going to contribute to the problem and not help it. There is also a suggestion that the compassion that doctors use to drive their treatment is not something measured by these metrics. That means the time, concern and emotional support you offer patients is not likely to be recognized in a quality report.
These difficulties in trying to do your work while constantly having to consider factors to ensure high-quality marks can take their toll. However, remember that healthcare professionals are not asking for these metrics to be removed. Instead, they should be made clearer. Once again we find ourselves looking at a problem that definitely should not deter you from entering or maintain a profession in medicine, but it is going to be a source of concern for you during your working life.
It’s not all bad
Reading some of these problems it can seem like becoming a doctor, nurse or any other kind of medical professional is not a fun thing to do. But don’t focus just on the negatives. You are the people that keep the sick going, who cure illness and improve life. There will be tough times but the reward can be far greater than the pain. The time you put into learning your craft will pay huge dividends the first time you see a patient recover.
We have discussed the stresses and frustrations because if you want to be in medicine, there is a good chance you already know the positives.