5 Essential Skills For A Career As A Clinician

by
Bhairavi KS
May 7, 2021

Our previous blog post explored the significanceof stress management, open mindset, time management, empathy, and communicationskills for a healthcare career. While the skills mentioned above are thefoundation for having any career in healthcare, we wanted to throw light uponthe skills needed to shine as clinicians. This article discusses the five criticalskills essential for a career as a doctor/nurse.

Team Work – Being a good team playeris critical to saving lives. Delivering health care to patients requires theentire gamut of medical professionals to sync with each other. According to theJournal of the American College of Surgeons, high levels of collaborationwithin the team translate to better patient outcomes. This is because aneffective team always communicates with each other and collates theirobservations, expertise, and decisions to optimize care delivery.

WorkEthics – Workethics comprise professionalism, attitude, punctuality, commitment, andbehavior. It can be defined as the moral impact of work that builds andstrengthens a person's character. However, holding ethical values andprinciples that run contrary to the practices of fellow professionals andhealthcare institutions may lead to healthcare professionals feeling confusedand experiencing a conflict of their internal value system. As a result of theconsequent friction within their work environments, clinicians may experienceburnout. It is, therefore, important for medical professionals to developstrong work ethics and reach out to colleagues and seniors objectively whenconflicts arise.

Flexibility – Being flexible is at thecore of working with a team of healthcare workers because several healthcarejobs don't adhere to a strict 9 to 5 schedule. Clinicians often need to performthe shift for a peer or stay late to provide care for an ill patient. They alsoneed to constantly adapt to changing environments, technology, socialdiversities, laws, and regulations. Doctors and nurses must keep an open mindand be flexible enough to juggle between challenging and conflicting workloadsand priorities. Failure to exhibit high levels of adaptability may affect thequality of work delivered by clinicians and obstruct their growth trajectory.

Confidence – It might seem tooobvious to say that healthcare professionals must be confident of themselves.But is it? The risks involved in practicing as a healthcare worker are quiteunlike the risks in other client-facing jobs. One wrong diagnosis oradministration of medicine can turn out to be fatal for patients and lead tolicense cancellations or malpractice litigations. Adverse treatment outcomes,medical complications, and the resultant litigations can often be a painfuljourney for clinicians, negatively impacting their confidence levels for a longtime to come. Yet, clinicians need the self-confidence to perform on the job.They need to believe that they are the right person to treat the patient at anygiven moment to be effective. Hence, clinicians must build unwaveringconfidence to the point of resilience to sail through the tides of theirprofession.

Attentiveness – Medical professionalsneed to hone their ability to pay attention more than their peers in otherprofessions for several reasons. The very nature of health care work demandsattention at multiple levels ranging from individual patient care and workenvironment to the complexity of care delivered. Besides technical competence,the medical line of work requires a high level of emotional control that cansteer professionals past pain and death and allow them to pay attention to thepatient's need of the hour. As such, the medical professionals' environment isredundant with disturbances such as loud corridor chats, violent creakingnoises from doors and equipment, and people passing through the unit. It isimperative that healthcare workers enhance their ability to focus amidstexternal disturbances to ensure proper patient care delivery.  

The quality of patient care delivery is afunction of high performance determined by focus, technical expertise, teamworkand a strong character. Clinicians must constantly be on the watch and work onthemselves to succeed in their careers and to pull patients and themselves outof the rough patches of life.

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