Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Are you thinking about your career in the new year? You’re not alone. We’re thinking about your career, too.
Maybe you’re a good doctor, but you’re looking for something more. Or maybe you’re a nurse, looking to kick your career up to the next level. No matter what you do in the healthcare field, there’s always a way to move forward and be more fulfilled in your work. So to that end, here are five questions to ask yourself as you do a little self-reflection at the beginning of 2019.
(1) Am I making enough money?
Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy rent, and food, and college tuition, and insurance, and...you get it. Most families these days know what it feels like to count the pennies pretty carefully, and maybe it’s time to ask if your career is doing enough for you. If you’re in nursing, a certification can be a huge boost to your career - many of the nurses who take our Skin, Wound, and Ostomy Course, for example, go back to find that they can take on more responsibility, more supervisory roles, and end up earning more money. And if you’re a physician, it might be worth considering a career in which you call the shots. The providers who belong to our mobile surgical group, for example, are in charge of their own destinies. It’s like all the benefits of opening your own practice without the headache!
(2) What are the things I am most proud of in my career?
Usually, relationships are the most meaningful things in our lives - whether it’s our work lives or our home lives. When you look back at your career as it stands today, what jumps out at you? You probably got into healthcare because you wanted to help people. Are you doing that? Asking that question is at the core of what we do at Skilled Wound Care every day. Our doctors are also outstanding teachers, who educate and empower nursing home staff to better understand and better treat wounds. Education and collaboration is at the core of our mission, and we know that working together always yields better results. Our physicians are caring, ethical, and conscientious practitioners who understand the importance of empowering a team and putting patient outcomes first.
(3) What’s something I want to learn this year?
As medical professionals, we’re never done learning. And when it comes to wound care, that’s especially true. The medical community is recognizing how essential wound care is, and the need to bring it into full specialty status. (For more on that conversation, click here.) But until that happens in a more formal way, we are on the frontier of wound care science and innovation. We are a mobile surgical practice, focused on skin, wound, and ostomy patient issues in nursing home settings. We’re publishing journal articles, and constantly striving to find the best practices and techniques for excellent wound care.
(4) How’s my work-life balance?
We hope you love your job. But we hope it’s also not all you have in your life - after all, leading a full and meaningful life is one of the things that makes us better able to be compassionate, caring providers to our patients! You’ve heard the old saying, and you’ve probably experienced it first-hand, too: at the end of their lives, almost nobody says, “gosh, I wish I had worked more than I did.” Being able to spend time with family, with friends, and in pursuit of a well-balanced and full life is crucial. Our physicians work hard, but they have the chance to enjoy their lives outside of work, too - our job satisfaction rate is well over 90%.
(5) Am I part of a team that makes me better?
They say that you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, and for a lot of us, that includes our colleagues at work. So are you surrounded by people who inspire you, who push you to be better, who help you achieve more than you could have on your own? Being part of a great team is one of the ways in which Skilled Wound Care can offer a huge advantage. We are a group of experts who believe firmly in a set of core values that focus on the dignity, the worth, and the importance of each patient. We also provide mentoring, professional guidance, equipment, malpractice insurance, credentialing, and highly advanced wound care and surgical training.
So as you think about your career in 2019, think about Skilled Wound Care - whether through one of our nursing certification programs, or as one of our skilled surgical providers, we may just have some of the answers to your career questions! Learn more here.
Skilled Wound Care is a mobile surgical practice committed to transforming the chronic wound care model in nursing facilities. Wound care experts make weekly bedside visits to patients in long-term care facilities, avoiding transfers to hospitals or clinics. Our expert physicians give patients the most up-to-date and effective wound treatments, and educate facility staff on how to help patients continue to heal quickly and effectively between visits. This model of collaborative care allows SWC’s physicians to improve patients’ lives and health outcomes, to empower nursing staff, and to raise public awareness. Skilled Wound Care, along with its nurse and nursing home partners, is working every day to positively transform traditional nursing home wound care.