Burnout is a big problem in the healthcare industry. But also sometimes, you just feel stuck. The job is the same old same old. You are secretly bored, but also highly efficient because you’ve been in this role for some time. If this sounds like you, it’s time for a career jumpstart. If you’re trying to kickstart a great professional year, this blog is for you. We have tips to help you take more initiative at work & advance your healthcare career.
5 Tips for Advancing Your Healthcare Career
Take stock of yourself.
A self-assessment is a great way to determine your feelings about your current role. We want you to take a candid, clear-eyed look at yourself within the context of the job and your life. Have you taken on more work since COVID hit? Do you feel you’re missing key educational credentials to move up the ladder? Do you even like the work you’re doing? Take time right now to figure out if you’re satisfied with the work you’re doing.
Find your mission again.
Through the process of self-assessment, we hope you will find your mission again. What is it that motivated you to do this work? What is the spark that keeps you going? Helping people is almost always a motivator and mission for healthcare teams. But most healthcare careers last for decades, and your mission may change during that time. Right now, your mission may be to learn enough skills so you can achieve promotion. Or, maybe you’d like to move from direct patient care to the back office. Either way, figuring out your mission will help you keep moving forward in your career.
Learn to lead.
Advancing your career requires that you stand out from your peers. To do this, you must become a leader of teams. Take the initiative and step up. Consider what projects you could take on to illustrate your leadership potential. Is there training you need to help you step outside your comfort zone and lead other healthcare workers? If you can take on new tasks or initiatives, it will help you stand out and advance your career. It will also challenge you in new ways.
Leverage your network.
If you’re thinking about the next step in your career or want to give yourself a career boost, we have to ask: When was the last time you used that extensive network you’ve been building all these years? Consider making it your mission to talk with other professionals to find out what they’re doing and where they’re working. Have some crucial conversations with other professionals to find out what’s out there in the job market.
Rethink the employment contract.
Begin to think about your career from the perspective of it being a contract between you and the employer. Begin to think in terms of what you can bring to the relationship and what you want from the employer in return. It’s an interesting idea when you consider that today’s healthcare employers will pay top dollar for your skills. This puts you in the driver’s seat if you add value to the organization. Ultimately, what this means is that you have more power than ever before. Consider this reality as you push to move your career to the next level.
If you’re looking for a new position that’s a step up from your current one, start searching with AG Globe Services today! We can help give you the jump-start your career needs to take the next step up the ladder. Contact our team to learn more today!
Healthcare professionals have been living in “interesting” times since early 2020. Pandemic stressors have led many in the profession to leave their current positions. Some have even opted for early retirement in the place of employment in a profession that they deem too difficult to continue with. What’s next in healthcare? As we start a New Year, it’s time for a check-in that will help you determine where you are in your career.
Healthcare Job Market 2022
The healthcare market is booming for both clinical and administrative positions. The latest numbers show the need for healthcare workers will increase by 19% by 2024, which is much faster than other sectors of the labor market. There are several reasons for this, including:
- The Baby Boomer generation is both older and living longer, so the need for healthcare services is increasing exponentially.
- More people have health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) expanded Medicare and made it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.
- The medical profession is aging out. Many doctors fall within the boomer population and thus will retire in the coming years. This will exacerbate the clinical shortages expected in the next decade.
- Finally, the pandemic itself caused many healthcare workers to reassess their work/life balance, their careers, and their jobs.
For healthcare professionals, the world really is your oyster. The job market will afford you many opportunities in 2022. But you also need to assess where you are personally in your career. This next section will help.
Healthcare Career Assessment
We recommend taking the time to assess your career each year. Whether you’re happy in your current role or are thinking about a change, undergoing a regular self-assessment can help you determine ways to reinvigorate your career.
The days of staying in one job until retirement are quite rare now, even for doctors and nursing managers. While healthcare typically offers the stability where you could pursue one career at one employer for a decade or longer, sometimes a change of scenery is warranted to stave off burnout or increase your income and benefits.
Start with an assessment of where you are today versus where you thought you’d be. Was there a turning point in your career that made your job feel worse? Is there something you can do in your current job to help you reclaim that mission that drove you to work in the healthcare field? Think about:
- Your key responsibilities.
- The amount of work and stress you handle every day.
- If you took on additional work during the pandemic.
- How your job has changed over the past year.
Now consider the work environment you’re in. Ask yourself:
- Are you still content with your current employer?
- Would a job change help your attitude?
- Do you love the work and your employer but simply feel burned out and need a break?
- Do you know in your heart that a change is necessary to improve your work/life balance?
At this crossroads, which often comes with the turning of the clock over to the New Year, you can regain control of your career by taking stock. While the working world has changed tremendously over the last few years, healthcare professionals continue to be in high demand.
With 2021 officially coming to an end, it may be time to consider a new career in healthcare with AG Globe Services. Start the conversation. You may find staying where you are and making some changes is the best course of action for you and your family. But if it isn’t, AG Globe Services is the leading agency representing healthcare professionals like you in the nation.
While many businesses close down for the holidays, professionals working in the healthcare industry don’t always have the luxury of shutting down and enjoying the holidays at home. If you’re a healthcare professional who will be spending their holidays working, here are some tips to help get you in the holiday spirit and bring joy to your patients.
How Nurses Can Spread Holiday Cheer
Working a holiday shift and missing family time could make you sad—but with some creative effort, you could make the extra effort to make your time on staff more positive by sharing joy.
We know the job is stressful and you’re busy. But could you find the energy to help organize your unit’s holiday decorating? Is there something you could do to make your area feel more festive? Can you wear holiday gear? Could you host a visit from Santa? There are all kinds of creative, low-cost ways to share the spirit. You could even call your marketing team for some creative suggestions.
What about organizing a potluck? You could have all of the nurses bring in leftover plates that you can share. Or, maybe even better, see if the hospital will spring for delivered meals for your team. You’ll support a local business but also give your staff a much-needed lift.
Connect with your family while they’re doing family things during the holiday. Is your Mom baking cookies right now? Try FaceTiming to connect with her. Or, you can set this up for your patients (with their permission, of course) so they can reach out to distant loved ones. Do you have any patients who may struggle with technology? Perhaps you could facilitate a Zoom call from their room so they could speak with their families.
What about singing as you work? This is only a suggestion for those nurses who actually like to sing, mind you. There’s something about singing a holiday song that just gets people into the mood. Of course, wearing a Santa or elf hat is optional. Even wearing holiday scrubs may put you in the mood.
While you’re spreading holiday cheer, take the time to put in for time off. Go ahead and ask for your PTO early for the next holiday season. Also, take care of yourself. If you’re feeling burnt out, take some time off or take time for self-care. We know nurses are the worst at caring for themselves, even as they’re taking care of others. Exercise and eating right are absolutely imperative when stress is high—especially around the holidays.
AG Globe understands the difficulties of working during the holiday season. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and searching for your next assignment, search with AG Globe Services!
Over the past year and a half, healthcare providers have been put through the wringer. The stresses of COVID-19, along with unprecedented staffing shortages have created unbearable pressures on many healthcare providers. This has led to high levels of burnout across more than one-half of all U.S. health providers. Finding a balance between work and life is something that every healthcare provider should strive for. But these days that balance is a lot harder to achieve. We’ve pulled together some suggestions to help protect yourself from the daily stresses of the healthcare profession. Here’s how to find balance in your job again.
Finding Work/Life Balance in Healthcare
Most clinical healthcare providers understand the need for a healthy balance of work and home. When work becomes too all-encompassing, burnout creeps in, affecting your mental and physical health. While healthcare workers may be great at taking care of others, they may not have enough in the tank to focus on taking care of themselves. Finding balance requires effort, and we have some tips that may help:
- The first is to know when to ask for help. Reaching out to someone in your peer network or a supervisor that you’re approaching burnout is a good step. If your manager is good, he or she will work with you to find ways to mitigate your stress.
- Next, reevaluate your schedule from the perspective of what can you eliminate? Have you been working longer hours? Are there household demands that you can eliminate or delegate? To regain control of your schedule, and your life, please consider it with a clear eye toward protecting your energy and your health.
- Here’s the reality: You cannot be all things to all people. Learn to say “No.” Relish it. Covering extra shifts at the hospital? No. Volunteering to host a child-related event? Not now. Taking on a committee at daycare or church? Absolutely not. Find space. Then fill that space with activities that rejuvenate your mind and body, even if that means you just take a nap.
- Take your vacations. The work will still be there when you return. Americans regularly fail to take 700 million hours of vacation annually. The U.S. Travel Association reports 52% of Americans fail to use all of their vacation each year. Vacation guilt is often an issue in the healthcare space, where lives depend on your presence. The problem is that burnout is a real clinical phenomenon and it leads to medical mistakes. If you’re so exhausted you can’t perform, you will be no good to anyone, including yourself.
- One last tip: Really take your vacation. We how that the majority of Americans continue to check their email, instant messaging, or texts related to work, even when out of the office. Learn to limit your access while out of the office and set the expectations with your teams that when you’re out—you are really unavailable. It is the only way to truly recharge your work battery.
Sometimes the best defense against burnout is a change of venue. AG Globe Services works to match top healthcare employers with well-qualified candidates. If you’re concerned that burnout is challenging your life, we may be able to help. Browse our current openings today!
Finding the right VMS (vendor management system) is challenging unless you know the right questions to ask. There are dozens of software vendors out there, and many of them work with recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) firms like AG Globe Services to increase the productivity of your business. We’ve compiled some of the best questions to ask a VMS vendor to help you make a more informed decision about outsourcing your hiring processes.
16 Questions to Ask a VMS
Not every VMS is created equally, & if you’re going to work with a VMS, you want to ensure its high quality and that it will help you meet your goals. Your requirements for the VMS platform are also important to your vendor selection. For example, perhaps you’re considering a managed service provider (MSP) or you are self-servicing your in-house contingent workforce. Whatever your business models, the VMS should support it. Good questions to ask include:
1.) What workforce models can the VMS support?
2.) How do user permissions and roles work?
3.) Are there systems that the VMS can’t integrate with?
You should also check in about the specific features that the software offers. Do their analytics support your goals of increasing efficiency or reducing expenses? Ask your potential vendors:
4.) What kind of reporting features does the tool offer and how do they work?
5.) What kind of workflow customization does the tool offer?
6.) What automation features can help your team work smarter?
A good VMS should also be able to handle sourcing, procurement, and the management of suppliers and/or contingent workers. It should allow for a statement of work (SOW) or request for proposal (RFP) document tracking, as well, which is helpful for working with a staffing agency or MSP. Good questions to ask include:
7.) Does the technology help manage different payment structures detailed within vendor-specific SOWs?
8.) How does the VMS enable the negotiation and evaluation process when looking at multiple vendors?
Of course, today, IT security is always an issue, so screening your vendor in this area is critical. Particularly because the VMS will field data from multiple locations into a central hub connected to your business. Consider asking the VMS vendor:
9.) What are the third-party tools used in the reporting/analytics platform?
10.) What type of cyber security measures are in place to field candidate data?
11.) What is the architecture for intrusion detection and backups?
12.) Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place?
Finally, consider the actual implementation of the platfoWe’vee’ve heard of many unsuccessful technology rollouts, simply because the vendor lacked the contingency planning necessary for a successful deployment. Stakeholder buy-ins are often an area that the vendor misses until you have an office full of unhappy employees! To avoid this, make sure you get the answers to these questions:
13.) What are the crucial elements for a successful VMS deployment?
14.) How do you ensure the VMS integrates successfully with existing software—and human workflows.
15.) What are your plans for continuous learning and support for the VMS software?
16.) How do you ensure every end-user has an optimal experience?
We know the right questions to ask your VMS because AG Globe Services is an offshoring company specializing in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Find out how we help our clients handle their contingency labor to benefit their businesses & get in touch with us today!
In healthcare today, you have a lot of options. It’s a candidate-driven market now, which means you have more choices of the types of positions you consider. One of those options is contract work. Over the past several years, healthcare contracting has become increasingly popular for workers who want the increased pay and flexibility of these types of positions. There are many benefits of contract work today. This blog will help you understand why contracting may be a great option for you and your family.
Benefits of Healthcare Contracting
Contract positions in healthcare today can often be tailor to fit your requirements. This means you may be most interested in a contract-to-hire position, where you have the option of seeing whether the role is a fit before you commit. While you may consider contract-to-hire as a way to alleviate hiring risk for employers, the reality today is that you are interviewing the employer as much as they are you. Contract healthcare roles help you understand your options and make the best choices based on your needs, wants, and priorities.
Contract healthcare positions pay better than full-time roles. They also often offer benefits and perks including time off that in years back you may not have expected. Not anymore. Healthcare organizations are desperate for the kind of talent you bring, so you can expect better pay and benefits from these employers.
Healthcare contracting can also help alleviate some of the burnout your full-time counterparts are feeling these days. A change of scenery almost always helps with burnout symptoms and contracting gives you options to take a new assignment or even take time off. The extra money you earn in these roles can provide a nice cushion when you need it. Conversely, you also won’t need to stay in a position where you’re not challenged or where you feel bored. You have options, up to and including taking on a different contract where you feel more engaged.
A contract job in healthcare can also provide you with valuable industry experience. This is particularly beneficial if you are new to the field. Every contract not only gives you a sense of the kind of work environment that you’d like to call home someday, but it also shows which areas of the healthcare field you’d like to specialize in.
Or, if you’ve targeted the organization you’d like to work for but can’t get in the door, check with your recruiter to see if a contract role is available. Ironically, many healthcare companies will hire a contractor well before they commit to a full-time workforce. While a contract job has a specified length, these positions are often extended indefinitely.
While you may worry about job security under a contract, the reality of today’s workforce is that no job is completely safe. Contracting pairs you with a healthcare recruiter at AG Globe who can help you manage the process. Well, before your contract ends, we are already hard at work finding your new assignment. This allows you the freedom to concentrate on doing the job to the best of your ability. We handle the rest. That’s just another benefit of healthcare contracting with our firm. Get in touch with our team to find out how you can benefit from healthcare contracting.