Health Care Professional – Are You a Good Candidate to Be One?

Anyone who considers being a Health Professional as their chosen profession, needs to think if they indeed possess the special quality needed along with the desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Here are some facts about 3 Healthcare Professions:

1. Registered Nurses

  • Work as patient advocates during the care and the recovery of their patients which includes health maintenance.
  • Evaluate the nursing care of their patients who are sick or injured. RNs have a great more deal of education and clinical training than licensed practical nurses.
  • Focus on the overall care of patients. They give medications under the complete supervision of doctors as well as keep records of symptoms along with any progress.
  • Supervise LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) as well as Nursing Aides, and Orderlies.
  • Work to promote good health and prevent illness. They educate patients and the public about various medical conditions; treat patients and help in their rehabilitation; and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ families. RNs use a great amount of their judgment in providing a wide variety of services.

2. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Licensed practical nurses is considered one of the fastest growing careers within 2010.

  • Provide nursing care within simple situations as well as within complex ones.
  • Assess vital signs, observe and monitor their patient’s reactions to treatment.
  • Administer specific medication as well as vaccines and other types of injections.
  • Document information for their patient’s record.

3. Certified Nursing Assistants –

  • Assist individuals with activities of everyday life providing bedside care which includes basic nursing procedures. Everything is done; however, under the complete supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Take vital signs
  • Answer call lights
  • Make beds
  • Deliver messages
  • Monitor patients reporting changes
  • Collect samples for testing
  • Monitor food and liquid input/output

As you see by reading the above, it does take a special person to be responsible for all these duties. Once you realize this particular career suits you, it is important to choose a place to work who is dedicated to the well-being of others. Besides working in a hospital setting, Health Care Professionals are also involved in Home Health Care. Home care can be very satisfying since it can help a person stay in their own house and away from a nursing home.

Becoming a Health Care Professional Can Be Challenging Yet Greatly Rewarding!

Becoming a professional health care worker requires a special kind of personality. Chief among the necessary character traits is the desire to help others. To be successful in health care, you should already a caring compassionate person.

One of the easiest and quickest health care fields to enter is nursing assistants. Becoming a certified nursing assistant can be done relatively quickly and inexpensively; sometimes even for free. Many hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities will provide the necessary training in return for a commitment to work at that facility.

Those interested in nursing or health care should also have the stomach and temperament for it. If working closely someone who is old, sick, injured is something that makes you queasy or upset, you might want to consider a different career path.

For many nurses and nursing assistants, blood, bodily fluids, visible suffering, and the like come with the territory. Again, if this sort of thing is too hard to stomach, then these professions are probably not for you.

On the other hand, there is great personal satisfaction and sense of worth to be gained from helping and caring for others.

In addition to the great personal satisfaction, there is tremendous job security in becoming a nurse or certified nursing assistant. Both of these positions experience chronic shortages of qualified, an employee’s. Through nursing school or CNA training, you can be sure gaining employment, being a respected professional, and having the ability to earn a very good living for the rest of your life.

Even Health Care Professionals Need a Wellness Plan!

Is creating a list of health care career goals fairly easy for you, while making your own wellness goals a priority seems very difficult? Many nurses and other health care professionals get so focused on helping patients (or leading/teaching those who do), they don’t even think about taking good care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. They get so caught up in the daily push to complete a long list of tasks and maybe continuing their education that their careers start to take over their lives!

Do you find yourself obsessing about everything you need to get done tomorrow or worrying that you may have forgotten some important detail from your shift or workday that ideally should already be finished and put to bed so to speak? If your work consumes both a huge portion of your awake time and even at home you are thinking about it, when do you have time to enjoy a healthy work/life balance?

I have found that if I don’t make a schedule that includes at least a little time for exercise, relaxation and positive socialization, it just seems to never happen! I made the following life balance schedule for myself to help me stick to a healthy wellness plan.

Nurse Helen’s Life Balance/Wellness Schedule on Workdays:

1. Upon awakening: practice twenty minutes of Yoga type stretches while breathing deeply to help me greet the day and get my brain to wake up.

2. Eat a bowl of whole grain cereal with soy milk, to create a grain/bean full protein and fruit for flavor and vitamins.

3. Rest at lunch, with my feel elevated to help offset sitting a lot. Eat a low-fat protein and vegetable meal, with one slice of whole grain bread. Watch a fun game show to give me a brain boost.

4. Eat a lighter low-fat protein dinner with vegetables. For dessert, eat a piece of fruit about one hour after supper.

5. In the evening: spend quality time with my three cats, and call a friend for positive socialization.

6. Walk at least twenty minutes outdoors if the weather is nice or dance to a CD inside to get my aerobic exercise.

7. Stretch for a few minutes, and mellow out before bed while listening to a relaxation CD to help get ready for my eight hours of refurbishing sleep.

Please note I still want to add some weight training to my exercise schedule, but like I encourage others, progress not perfection.

Here is a recap of the components of my wellness schedule which might serve as a possible guideline for you to create your very own, individualized plan.

Components of a Positive Wellness Schedule/Plan Include:

1. Engaging in all three types of exercise: aerobic, stretching and strength training.

2. Taking time for relaxation/meditation.

3. Spending quality time with family (including pets) and/or friends for positive socialization.

4. Eating a well-balanced diet in moderate amounts.

5. Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep at night.

Most of us know we “should” take care of our wellness needs. However, often we just plain don’t think we have the time, don’t recognize we have needs or for some female healthcare professionals especially, may not feel we deserve to take the time to take care of us! Sometimes reminding ourselves that if we deny we have wellness (and other) needs we are more likely to start to “burn out” both at work and at home. Then no one will get the best from us either!

Have some fun making up your own schedule, and tailoring your wellness plan to your individual preferences and needs. Put your plan into action and see how much more you can enjoy your life and have the energy to be even better at succeeding in your career!

You deserve to enjoy life more fully and have peak energy for your healthcare career by making your tailored wellness plan a priority!