Make the Best of Your Academic Health Career

Quite a few countries are struggling with health worker shortage especially in America in the past. There are lots of reasons associated with this issue but one main contributing factor for this situation is the scarcity of educators to be trained in the next generation. This could be one big inspiration for students to persevere with the challenges presented right now.

‘You never know, the course you are taking in right now would position you to most rewarding job someday.’

When the health care comes into the picture most people think of individuals working in the hospital and caring for the sick. This mindset is correct. However, limiting the parameter to working in hospitals alone makes the idea wrong. Faculty members in health care related schools started their careers in hospital works. Of course, everyone needs a foundation on actual work aside from the theoretical learning acquired from schools.

Health care jobs are not limited to hospitals. It is wide enough to touch the field of academic work. If you are an individual who loves to bring out the best in other people’s ability then an academic career might be best for you. You get to do what you love and can imprint a lasting difference to several people.

So why should you think about having a career on the academic side of health care. Dig these reasons:

  • Academic Health Care needs more faculties. There are several health programs promoted nowadays. This is the main reason why health instructors are in great need. Not only that, diversity in among workers in this field is utterly important making it open to everyone regardless of racial and ethnic background. The diversity is important as it helps improve the health care delivery and outcomes for all patients. One more thing about academic careers is the fact that only few health care students are planning to   educate other students someday. The digits points out to about 9-15%.
  • Social and academic impact. Let’s face it, a nurse makes an impact on their patients but health care professors make an impact on other health care professionals as well as their patients. Since students benefit from an instructor’s direction and guidance then the expertise of these students when they become degree holders is credited from their teachers. If you want to work in hospitals at the same time teaching, then that won’t be a problem. The time in academic careers is really flexible thus allowing one to continue on his or her hospital job.
  • Opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise. What makes a health care instructor different from other teachers is the fact that they have mastered the clinical art and system before stepping into the academic field. No one gets to teach about health without putting the theories in action. Teachers only need a paper that proves they graduated with a teaching degree, in addition to a certificate of passing the teacher’s exam. But with health care educators a diploma is not enough. One needs to prove the mastery of skills through a clinical experience and a completion of a Master’s degree program. You don’t need to be a graduate of teaching career, you just need a good clinical experience record added with a good speaking skills.

So if you are a health care student thinking about future career, then why not put ‘educating’ on your list today. Or if you are already a health care professional: nurse, phlebotomist, radiologist, doctor and etc., you can always step out of the hospital and get others equipped for the future.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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