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Weighing Employment Options in Healthcare

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Working in a hospital can have major benefits.

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Working in a hospital can have major benefits

By Chelsea Lacey-Mabe

Every healthcare setting has its employee advantages but hospitals are an important one to consider since they top the workplace charts. Specifically, general medical and surgical hospitals across the United States collectively employ more than five million healthcare professionals.

Teamwork

Individual hospitals employ hundreds of people by themselves, with many of them listed as the major employers of their state. Working for a big company gives employees the opportunity to network with other staff and professionals from other hospitals who work under the same healthcare system. This job setting also emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. Clinical and administrative staff alike have certain goals to meet but working together to meet those goals is highly encouraged and most of the time necessary for long-term success. Teamwork and communication are fostered in this environment because of the high-stress and ever-changing nature of hospital floors, especially when shifts are transitioning from morning to night or vice-versa.

Another aspect of teamwork is especially attractive to anyone who has owned their own practice. Running an office requires a healthcare professional to not only participate in patient care but also dedicate himself to paperwork and general business operations. In a hospital there are departments that handle these types of issues, allowing clinicians to focus more on direct care. In fact, a new report from Accenture suggests many physicians are making that switch -- only one in three physicians will be independent by the end of 2016.1

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Another positive to this kind of work environment is the level of prestige associated with working in hospitals, as they are usually well-known and revered within the community. Each and every day, the men and women who work there are impacting care and helping thousands of lives, whether it's direct clinical care or solving an insurance issue. The amount of responsibility to patients and their families does not go unnoticed by employers, which value dedicated employees who are also quick-learners and can adapt to every situation.

Since hospitals have a bigger internal career ladder than a private practice would, employees can also find new opportunities from within. Compared to a private practice that often focuses on one specialty, hospital employees have the possibility of caring for different people, from expectant mothers going into labor to a cancer patient.

Most people working in the healthcare industry don't choose the profession solely based on career development and income. Since medical school is hard work and an expensive pursuit, many who choose that path are motivated by the fact they can help people, gaining many enriching life experiences as a result.

Benefits

It doesn't hurt that hospital employees can get help with paying for their education though. A major benefit is help with offsetting the cost of tuition through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which forgives the remaining balance on direct loans after employees of not-for-profit hospitals have made 120 qualifying monthly payments.2 Other hospitals that are associated with a university will commonly offer employees courses for free.

Hospital staff enjoys more benefits in general compared to other healthcare institutions because of the number of employees paying into the plan, which can make rates cheaper across the board. Another common perk is remote or on-site child care services. Select hospitals even give financial assistance to employees who are first-time home buyers.

To help decide if working in a hospital is the right choice, healthcare professionals can start by looking up the ones near them to see what kind of reputation they have and what types of benefits they offer.

Chelsea Lacey-Mabe is a former staff writer at ADVANCE.

References

1. Accenture. Many U.S. Doctors Will Leave Private Practice for Hospital Employment. 2015. https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/many-us-doctors-will-leave-private-practice-for-hospital-employment-accenture-reports.htm

2. U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

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