Why Work in Healthcare? Inspiring Stories from Health Professionals
Why do you work in Healthcare?
If you’re an allied health professional, you probably know why. Bringing comfort and healing to patients’ lives is an oft-cited motivation in the health field. If you’re still studying to be a health professional, or just considering health care as a career, what does that kind of gratification feel like? It’s hard to imagine the meaningful moments that healthcare students can anticipate before starting work in their chosen field. These stories, however, will help bring that meaning into focus.
Elisa Frazer, RN | Keeping Miracles Up Her Sleeve
Having worked in health care administration for over 30 years, Elisa now works at an inpatient hospice house as a nurse case manager. There she takes care of the dying and the families that are left behind.
“As a nurse, I always fixed things; now I had to learn to fix things in a different way. I can’t make my [hospice] patients better, but I can improve their situation. I can make sure we get financial aid for a funeral if the family can’t afford it. I can arrange a wedding, which I’ve done several times. Once we had sixty people here for a catered affair, and it was actually beautiful. The bride wore her wedding gown to sleep that night. In another wedding, the groom was only in his twenties, but he had a brain tumor. His girlfriend had just given birth, and we had their wedding in the gazebo, with the six-month-old in her arms. It was so touching because the groom was able to stand up for the entire ceremony. These are like little miracles we can make happen.”
Nurses and other health workers are able to show care and compassion in situations and in aspects of care when doctors cannot. It’s important to see patient care from an empathetic perspective as much as possible, and offer care for the whole person, not just the condition or disease.
Robert Rodriguez, X-Ray Technician | He’s Seen It All
Given a description of symptoms that is sometimes as simple as, they’re feeling pain, somewhere, Robert Rodriguez has seen a variety of people and situations at the Union Square branch of Beth Israel Medical Center.
“Among the more shocking cases have been ‘the usual bullets or forks in their stomach,’ according to Rodriguez, 59.
‘Usual stuff,’ he says. ‘After a while, it becomes mundane. Because your job as a radiographer here, especially with the volume [of patients], you just try to get them in and out. You leave the reading or the amazement to some other people.
‘You must have heard stories about [people with] glasses in their rectums, wine glasses, things like that,’ he adds.
Rodriguez feels grateful he is able to help people as a result of his work. […]
‘They come here scared or angry,’ he says. ‘And I’m here to help them out, give their doctors some information to see how they can be helped.'”
Working in healthcare, you’ll be sure to find all types of people with all types of problems. It will be your job to meet them where their needs are and deliver the best service possible, no matter what. Are you up for the challenge?
There are any number of great stories that health professionals tell, but for every great story where health professionals do big, amazing things, there are at least one hundred smaller stories, smaller instances where healthcare workers touch the lives of their patients in any number of ways.
Darlene, Ultrasound Tech | Giving Out the Good News
On the Facebook page Ultrasound Technologists, Darlene writes of her experience revealing information about a family’s pregnancy status in her exam room:
Cindy Westrick, Phlebotomist | Skillful with a Sense of Humor
Cindy writes of her early days as a medical professional:
“When I started out I was fairly young, 23, and looked even younger than my age.
One day, after a crazy-busy morning, a cranky elderly woman came in and began questioning my abilities as soon as she sat down. ‘Well young lady, you sure don’t look old enough to be drawing my blood. Are you sure you’re qualified to do this?’ I smiled and prepped her arm. As soon as I was ready to poke her with the needle, I smiled again and couldn’t resist saying, ‘I’m actually a high school student. I’m on my externship.This is my first time on an actual real person; we only practiced on oranges in training.’ The woman was speechless! I knew I was good at what I did, and I did an excellent job on her. She was flabbergasted when I finished like a pro!”
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No matter where you fall in the very large world of health, and no matter how high you climb the career ladder, you’re sure to be in the business of changing people’s lives. No impact is small or insignificant when it comes to other people’s lives and families.