When was the last time you searched for a new health care job?
Have you considered a job change in the past 2 years? If so, you are not alone, according to Zippia Research, 2022. Their data found that roughly 26% of American workers changed their jobs last year. I was among that group, and had some interesting experiences while I was job hunting:). I also learned some helpful information that managers may want to consider when hiring: the high cost of training a new employee, younger employees may cost less, but are more likely to leave, and that people most often leave after a birthday or work anniversary! Maybe those would be good time points to offer upgrades or promotions instead of an e-birthday card? <3
Topics to consider when interviewing for a health care job:
As a health care worker, you can be reimbursed by visit, an hourly rate, or a salary. Make sure you consider the amount of visits and documentation requirements when you agree to an acceptable reimbursement. Find out how often you will have to attend meetings or travel to other offices. Also consider the percentage you are guaranteed if business is slow. Remember to consider and negotiate in your package any requirements for you of professional associations, liability insurance, CPR, CEU’s, or any special training that you already have.
2 Weekend and Holidays
Health care can be a 7 days-a-week job. Make sure you review weekend and holiday requirements- both rotation and pay, and when and how to apply for holidays off or vacation time (many places have “due by dates” required for requests). Review payment for weekends and holidays, and make sure you are aware of documenting how to receive any upgrade or bonus that might be included for that.
3 Job Preparation and Training
Training in documentation, performance, and knowledge of best practices for healthcare is vital. Make sure you are given ample time and education in what documentation and timing is expected of you, the common diagnoses you will need to be prepared for, and typical issues you will need to deal with. Clarify the communication expectations that are present within your group of caregivers, and also for outside agencies. Ask for a handbook, and request time with another clinician if needed for full understanding, There is nothing worse than having to go back and fix documentation or scheduling that you did incorrectly due to poor training!
4 Continued Education and Specialization
Ask about the continued educational resources and specialized training you will have access to in your office. You can end up spending hours doing research and developing your own knowledge and materials if they do not have adequate resources available. If your agency has access to patient education, handouts, or specialized classes that you can participate in, take the time to review them and utilize them for your own development, and to save time, and spend less of your own money on CEU’s. Some agencies have levels of career development, career ladders, or specialized training that they will provide for you. Take advantage of learning and growing! It will help you develop your skills, as well as look good on your resume for future positions.
5 Protective Supplies
Ensure they are committed to protecting their staff as much as their patients! Make sure they have adequate supply of protective gear and that they have a commitment and concern for your safety.
6 Know Yourself
Be prepared with knowledge of the activities and requirements of the job that you love most. Try to find ways to use your strengths to improve your job satisfaction and help the company (love marketing/hate chart review?). Likewise, if there are job duties you dislike, see if there are opportunities to avoid those, or make them more tolerable.
Set yourself up for a smooth job transition, success in your new work environment, and feeling like you are using and developing your gifts: everyone will benefit!
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