Working in healthcare is more of a calling than a predisposition. The long hours, intense training learning about the body and the use of surgical supplies, and moral responsibility to do the best work possible can be crushing at times. Imagine the pressure that a surgeon feels before their first surgery. It is through intense medical training and conditioning that they can overcome the mental challenges of the mind. These medical professionals are beacons of change, innovation, and progress. Here are four ways that health care is reshaping your world.
Staying at the forefront of emerging technology is an integral part of delivering good healthcare. Not only does new technology increase patient outcomes, but it often accompanies medical progress. The use of robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence is making medicine smarter. Consequently, the practitioners of medical treatment need to get smarter as well. It is through this perseverance of medical training that progress is made. Every year there is a new device, process, or procedure that replaces another. The line for medical standards is constantly being pushed forward and with it the standards of the world. For example, since the invention of the pace-maker, there has been greater education on heart disease. The invention of a life-sustaining treatment raised awareness of its prevalence. Occasionally the existence of medical solutions can suggest the need for societal reform. Technology and emerging technology can change the world as it is known.
Choosing to work in healthcare is a personal choice. There is always a need for work because the eventual decline of your health is unavoidable. At one point or another, the human body will fail. When it does, those rare few who have dedicated their lives to the service of others stand out. It can be the dental hygienist, emergency room technician, or the nurse on call, that changes your life. Anyone can answer the call, but few do. Rest assured, there is no shortage of positions available. Being a healthcare professional is hard work and sometimes a thankless job. The individuals that fight at the forefront of humanities greatest bout are admirable—if not brave. The bravery of this sort should be a beacon of hope and light for the rest of humanity.
Medicine is a vast and expanding discipline that encompasses hundreds of specialties; one of the most well known and underrated being emergency medicine. The professionals working in the ER see people on the worst days of their life. Whether it is them personally who was injured, a family member, or a friend, a visit to the ER is seldom a good thing. While the physician delivers their knowledge and expertise for treatment, it is the ancillary staff that carries it out. The synergy of each department working together to solve critical medical puzzles is astounding. The nurse that assuages your concerns with an IV, or an X-ray technician who helps you go to the bathroom, are key players. Each person involved with the treatment process displays empathy on a fundamental level. It is here at this primal level that empathy displays its transformative power. Perhaps, the rest of the world could learn a thing or two about empathy from those who give it every day.
It is a hard sell to speak of healthcare without considering the medical interventions that happen every day. Despite the macro influences that the industry has, there are millions of micro examples to be had. For example, the father of three who had just had a heart attack and is now recovering in a cardiac intensive care unit. The 10-year old who fell off the trampoline and broke his leg may require a 10-hour surgery. These two examples are medical interventions that offer life-changing treatment. Somewhere, there is an emergency that can place you in a life or death situation. To the family of that young father, the doctors, nurses, and support staff are heroes. They have forever changed the lives of that family, and to them, it was another day.
Healthcare landscape is ever-changing and is typically fueled by medical advancement. On the front lines are the professionals that support, treat, and innovate modern medicine. These are not limited to nurses, ancillary staff, doctors, and clerks. Their work is transformative and continues to give back to humanity in ways that are often unnoticed.