Healthcare Jobs 2017 – How to Succeed in Healthcare

Are you interested in healthcare jobs? If so, let me tell you something, breaking into the healthcare industry at the outset is quite tough, but you can definitely manage if you are armed with a degree and a talent for nursing. I can tell you right now, that the most important qualification that you must have in order to be a good health provider is compassion.

This article is for the benefit of those who have had no prior experience in terms of medical assistant jobs or nursing and the like. Making an entry into the industry is not so hard if you have had prior job experience in the field and we all know that.

Succeeding In Healthcare Made Easy!

But, for freshers, the going gets really tough! Here are a few tips which will equip you to at least make an impact:

• Medicine is a subject which requires you to make a lifelong commitment – a commitment to studying. You should always be at the top of your game by doing research constantly and going over what you already know regularly. Try to subscribe to one of the many healthcare magazines. It will definitely give you an edge over all your competitors.

• Healthcare administration jobs and healthcare management jobs require you to assess your skills. In fact, it would be extremely helpful if you could evaluate the transferable skills that you possess. Here is a simple example, if you’ve previously worked in the IT industry, then you can definitely use your knowledge to an advantage because there is a great demand for skilled IT personnel in the healthcare industry. In fact, as an entry level job, you can also work as a medical receptionist! This will help you learn the ropes.

• Networking- When I talk about networking, I’m not referring to Facebook! You need to mingle with your peers or people from the same field. Nowadays, getting a good job does not necessarily mean that you have to have the talent for it. In fact, it’s all about whether you have the right connections or not. A great way of adding to your list of acquaintances is by doing volunteer work. You just need to be around people from the same field!

• When you’ve been summoned for an interview, prepare a great answer for any question which is designed to find out your motive for joining the profession. It is one of the most crucial aspects of the interview.

• Be flexible and willing to relocate. This is another thing which you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed in the healthcare industry. You might be in a place where not too many healthcare jobs are around, so shift to another place where you know that there is a demand for good, competent healthcare professionals.

Do keep these things in mind when you are appearing for the interview for your healthcare job, especially the part about being in constant touch with the books. Good luck in making the most of your healthcare career.

How to Use Your Hospital Newsletter for Healthcare Marketing

Many healthcare organizations publish newsletters to share announcements and health tips with patients and the community. While this is a great way to get information to the public, a hospital newsletter can also play a role in your healthcare marketing strategy. Whether you publish a newsletter monthly, quarterly or on some other schedule, use each issue as an opportunity to enforce your brand, connect with patients, and attract new and repeat patients.

Brand Recognition: Don’t think of your hospital newsletter as separate from your other healthcare marketing pieces. It can also be an important part of your hospital branding strategy. Although you should be focusing the content of your articles on hospital news and health information, rather than outright “selling” your services, you should still make sure the overall look and feel of your newsletter reflects your hospital’s brand. Remember, your brand is not just the colors or design you use, but also the promises you make and the mission statement you follow. Show how you are living up to those promises and the steps you are taking to further your mission in the articles featured in your healthcare newsletter.

Make the Connection: As a healthcare marketer, you know how important it is to be able to reach your audience in a way they can understand. Using technical terms and your hospital’s “lingo” in your healthcare newsletter articles will only make readers feel confused and alienated. Instead, make sure the language you use is easy to understand for people who don’t have a background in medicine. Engage and inspire your audience with topics that are relevant to them – seasonal trends, community health concerns, or even healthcare and politics. Connect emotionally with your audience by sharing patient success stories, which also inspire positive attitudes towards your hospital. Pair these articles with promotions for services you provide to have even more healthcare marketing success. Patients and potential patients will be looking for expert information and advice they can understand and trust, as well as a place they can turn to for more information.

Draw Them In: Ultimately, your healthcare marketing goal is to bring new and repeat patients through your doors. Your healthcare newsletter is a perfect avenue for increasing patient traffic – and your revenue. Just like your traditional healthcare marketing pieces, the main goal of your articles should be to inspire readers to take some kind of action, whether that is to schedule an appointment, visit your website, offer feedback or seek out more information. Your hospital newsletter will keep patients coming back to you, as the valuable information you provide will keep you in the front of their minds when they need trustworthy medical care. However, don’t just have your newsletter sit in your waiting rooms – reach a broad base of the community with a good mailing list to attract new patients.

Produce your newsletter on a consistent basis, follow these tips and see what a difference a good hospital newsletter can make on your healthcare marketing efforts.

Maureen McHale provides marketing help for businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries. Visit hiremaureen.com for more information.

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Medical Transcription 2017 – Dictation Tips

Make the transcriptionist more efficient by improving dictation practices. Most health professionals may not be aware that a few small changes in their dictation method could improve accuracy of transcripts enormously.

As a healthcare professional life is all about juggling time schedules and getting maximum done in minimum time. Proof reading the returned transcripts is one task healthcare professionals wish they could avoid. By following a few simple tips given below they can avoid it! It is actually very simple and will not take any extra time.

All that needs to be done is a little preparation and organization so that they can dictate better and improve the quality of transcripts returned to them. Here are some simple tips to improve the quality of dictation thereby the quality of returned transcripts:

  • Allot some time every day for dictation: Dictating notes of patient visits is a very important task, time needs to be scheduled for this so that these can be completed on time without any backlogs
  • Collect all papers before starting: Now that time has been allotted to do this task, it is also important that all relevant papers/documents are available easily for any reference
  • Know the recording equipment: Familiarity with how the equipment works will make the process speedy. Taking time to familiarize themselves with the equipment to be used can help the healthcare professional to dictate better
  • Choose a quiet place: It is important that the quality of the healthcare professional’s recording is not distorted by any unnecessary noises. A place with least or no amount of noise would be preferable
  • Pause before starting and ending dictation: A few seconds pause before starting and ending your dictation can prevent the words from sounding clipped
  • Make sure there are no distractions: The time allotted by the healthcare professional for dictation should be without any outside distractions as this would distort the dictation quality and increase the time spent on it
  • Be natural: Being self-conscious while dictating will make the dictation process awkward and the words will come out garbled and unclear. Take a deep breath, relax and then start dictating
  • Develop a rhythm that is neither slow nor too fast: While dictating following a rhythm that is not too slow, will stop the transcriptionists’ mind from wandering, and not going too fast will help decrease errors in the transcript. Maintaining a clear and steady pace is advised
  • Press the pause button while taking breaks: Pressing the pause button while taking breaks will prevent the transcriptionist from hearing long blanks in the dictation
  • Make sure to spell out difficult names etc: Spelling out difficult and unique names and terms will improve the accuracy and quality of transcription
  • Try not to eat or drink while dictating: Eating or drinking during dictation will distort the quality of sound and the words will be garbled, making transcription slow, difficult and inaccurate
  • Enunciate words clearly: Difficult medical terminology, procedures, names of drugs needs to be enunciated clearly for accuracy. Sometimes spelling them out also helps
  • Rewind and listen: Rewinding and listening to the dictation will clarify the areas in which improvements are needed. It will also give the healthcare professional an idea of what the transcriptionist goes through while transcribing the dictation
  • Use mike properly: Knowing the equipment and using the mike at the optimum distance specified in the equipment manual will improve quality of dictation and eliminate voice distortion
  • Indicate the start and end of the dictation: Indicating the start and end of the report can make transcription easier.
  • Specify required format at the beginning of the dictation: Any specific formatting required by the healthcare professional should be indicated at the beginning of the dictation to enable the medical transcriptionist to make note of it and act on it
  • Include punctuation: Specifying punctuation while dictating can make the work of the transcriptionist easier and there is less scope for guesswork on their part
  • Standardize dictation terms: Standardize certain reports that are needed to be transcribed and informing the transcriptionist at the beginning can help the transcriptionist use standard terms as required by the healthcare professional

Following these simple dictation tips can help healthcare professionals get better service with accurate and timely transcripts at a fair price.

 

Three Tips 2017 to Move Your Healthcare Team From Protecting Turf to Working Together

Introduction

The organizational culture in a healthcare organization can lead to turf battles. Hospitals have separate departments with different perspectives and limited resources. The separate mission and perspective of a department can lead to isolation and result in a lack of communication across the hospital sections. This lack of collaboration can effect patient safety and patient care issues. However, there are ways to minimize the turf battles.

Tip #1 Develop Common Ground

First, get the different healthcare teams together and determine the common ground. For example, quality patient care and patient safety can be common ground. Individuals want to do a good job but may only see one way of accomplishing a task. Individuals may not have had the experience of allowing others from different departments to help them. Their workload could be decreased with the help of others. In fact, is there a belief that asking for help is a weakness? That belief is often present in the healthcare environment. Physician leaders will need to address that belief to foster teamwork and collaboration in a safe environment.

Tip #2 Do Not Dismiss Individual Concerns

Allow an open environment in which the concerns of the healthcare team members can be voiced. Ask questions and be curious. Discuss issues openly and see if the team can come up with a solution that is a win-win for all sides. Discuss the ‘elephant’ in the room. Often the ‘elephant’ in the room needs to be resolved before the team can move forward.

Tip #3 Use a Facilitator

Often an outside facilitator can help a group discuss controversial issues since the facilitator is a neutral party. The facilitator can ensure that no one individual or group monopolizes the conversation. The facilitator is able to observe the team dynamics and use a variety of techniques to move the conversation forward.

However, moving a healthcare team to consensus and towards a win-win solution takes time and patience. There is no magic bullet. The different perspectives must be heard and understood. The healthcare leader or physician executive sets the tone for a respectful and collaborative environment. The leader sets a direction, the reason for the direction, and possible outcomes. There is often more than one way to get to the outcome. The healthcare team through brainstorming, critical thinking and collaboration can often come up with a better solution than the thinking of one individual. The healthcare or physician leader sets the tone for an open environment and the value of collaboration and teamwork.

 

Nursing Resume Tips 2017 – How to Write a Nursing Resume

The healthcare industry is booming right now and it’s expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades. According to government sources, healthcare spending in the U.S. is projected to grow to $4.1 trillion within the next six years and will account for over 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GPD). A fortunate side-effect of this projection is that the medical industry will also create over $3 million new jobs by 2020, so it’s certainly a good time to consider a career as a nurse, medical assistant, or other healthcare professional.

The downside to those statistics is that they are readily accessible. Lots of people are jumping on the bandwagon. And niche healthcare universities are popping up everywhere, making it much easier for the average Joe or Jane to acquire a degree. In the past few years, it has become possible to obtain medical degrees and nursing certifications from accredited online academies and this type of education, in conjunction with clinical internships and preceptorships, has become a popular method of pursuing a career in the field.

So, what we’re left with is a growing medical industry with a growing number of employees in the field, all of them with similar educational backgrounds. And if you are one of the many job seekers trying to find a job, you need to find a way to make yourself stand out amongst the pack. Simply put, you need a good resume.

Jobs in healthcare will require you to have a certain background, but they will also require you to be a certain kind of person. Not only must your resume accurately convey your professional potential, it must also reflect your ability to empathize with patients, families, and clinical colleagues. It has to show that you are committed and passionate about quality care and general health education.

Nurses make up the largest percentage of all healthcare workers, thus there is a bit more competition out there. Currently there are over 3 million Registered Nurses (RNs) in the U.S. alone and that’s not including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and various other specialized nursing professionals.

Nursing resumes tips are everywhere if you do some searching online, but after reading many of those articles I decided to write my own. I found that the majority of these articles were fairly generic and didn’t offer any real insight into the mind of employer. Over the years I have worked with countless hiring managers as a recruiter and have wrote resumes professionally for an online medical university, so I believe I have some valuable information to share with nursing job seeker.

Here are 5 medical resume tips for both entry-level and professional nurses:

Entry-Level Nursing Resume Tips

1) I would suggest laying your resume out from top to bottom as follows: Intro, Education, Internships, Professional Experience, Summary of Qualifications. This is a very logical layout for an entry-level nursing resume. The intro should be a short paragraph or objective statement that briefly summarizes your background. Then you go straight into education because this is what hiring managers are concerned with first and foremost when dealing with entry-level candidates. Next you talk in detail about your internships and then about your professional experience, which you only need to go into detail about if it’s relevant. For instance, if you were a cashier you may want to list it, but you don’t need to go into the specifics of your responsibilities since they aren’t really relevant. Lastly, include a summary section with bullet points outlining your experience. They can be very specific skills or they can be more generalized, like “Able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and clinical colleagues”. I find this to be a strong way to conclude the resume.

2) If you are an entry-level job seeker, you need to place a lot of focus on your education and training. At the very least, include information on the school or program you attended, the years you attended, and the degree you obtained. You can even go one step further and list the courses you took while pursuing your degree or certification. This will show employers that you completed the necessary curriculum and will also help add some strategic keywords within the context of your resume.

3) Go into detail about your required internships or preceptorships. You should include information regarding the clinical facility you worked in, the dates you worked there, and your daily responsibilities in the position. Don’t be afraid to make this the most detailed part of your entry-level resume, especially since your don’t have much professional experience in the field to draw from. Talk in detail about the nursing professionals you worked with and the level of patient interactions you had. If you utilized specialized medical equipment, it’s a good time to bring that up as well.

4) You don’t need to include references in your entry-level nursing resume. If a company, hospital, or hiring manager wants to see references from you they will ask. Typically, reference checks are made later in the hiring process, after a series of interviews, and they will let you know if/when you need to submit a list of references.

5) Don’t overdo it. Too many people have a tendency to write a 3 page novel and pass it off as a resume, which is definitely a no-no for an entry-level candidate. The best advice I can give you is keep it short, keep it succinct, and keep it real. After all, you don’t want to intimidate a hiring manager by giving them Tolstoy to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call you for an interview and THAT’s when you really sell yourself.

Professional Nursing Resume Tips

1) If you are an established professional your resume will look a bit different than someone applying for an entry-level nursing position. First off, I would recommend including a “Summary of Qualifications” or “Areas of Expertise” section at the very top. I suggest a short introduction or objective statement, and then lead to some bulleted points that highlight your most impressive accomplishments in the industry. This is a great opportunity to cram in some strategic keywords that will help you be noticed in HR software applications. You can use keywords that are found in the job description for the job you plan to apply for, or use more generalized terms like “Medical Terminology”, “Patient Relations”, etc.

2) Do not go into too much detail about your education, especially if it’s a bit outdated. You should include ALL of your education and training, but you really don’t need to go into detail unless it is very relevant and recent. If you just took a specialized course in phlebotomy, by all means mention that as one of your strengths. But the main focus should be on your clinical and practical experience in the field because that’s what employers really want to see.

3) Make sure you mention your level of interaction with patients. Most nursing are very patient-oriented so it’s important for you to include information regarding the types of patients you’ve worked with in various clinical settings.

4) You don’t need to include references in your professional nursing resume. If a company, hospital, or hiring manager wants to see references from you they will ask. Typically, reference checks are made later in the hiring process, after a series of interviews, and they will let you know if/when you need to submit a list of reference.

5) Don’t overdo it. Too many people have a tendency to write a 3 page novel and pass it off as a resume. The best advice I can give you is keep it short, keep it succinct, and keep it real. After all, you don’t want to intimidate a hiring manager by giving them Tolstoy to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call you for an interview and THAT’s when you really sell yourself.