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Five qualities you need to work in healthcare

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CNBNews Staff

(CNBNewsnet)(May 18, 2018)--Have people always told you that you have an excellent bedside manner? Perhaps you are naturally drawn to caring for people, turning up with soup when they are ill, and rushing off to the pharmacy for them at the first sign of a sniffle. If you are considering a career in healthcare, take a look at the top five qualities needed to be successful in your role.


Communication skills

It is essential that no matter what role you pursue within the healthcare industry that you are able to communicate both verbally and in written form with all manner of people. This entails being able to listen carefully to patients, and other healthcare professionals, as well as being able to impart information in a way that is clearly understood. There is no place for crossed wires when assessing and treating patients, or handling sensitive information, which is why communication skills are so important.


Ability to work in a team

There can be many different people involved in ensuring just one person is cared for, and no matter what your role, you will need to find your place in that team and work with others to secure a successful outcome.


Ability to use your initiative

Just as important as being able to work as part of a team, is the ability to use your own initiative. There will be times when you will have to make decisions by yourself, and being confident enough to know that you have enough experience and knowledge to make the right decision makes you an excellent employee. Not having to constantly depend on colleagues’ opinions means that you can do your job efficiently without continually looking for reassurance from other members of the team.


A talent for academia

Whether you are a nurse, doctor, respiratory therapist, or surgeon, all healthcare professional roles require certain levels of education.  The level of education will differ according to the specific job. For example, you will need to have acquired specific training at one of the many schools to practise as a respiratory therapist, whereas a surgeon will study for many more years at medical school; view schools here. A talent for academia will put you in good stead for a career in healthcare.



No two days are the same when you work in healthcare and you may find yourself having to adapt very quickly to assorted circumstances and situations. If you can handle change without fuss, and find it easy to adapt to changes, you will be a valued member of any healthcare team.


Still thinking about a career in healthcare? If you believe you have what it takes to care for patients, it is worth researching the many different roles available within the healthcare industry. Should funding be a concern, consider part-time study, which will allow you to work while you pursue your chosen career. Although part-time study means it will take longer to achieve your qualification, it also means that you will do so without accruing debt.