How to stay passionate in your healthcare career

While the healthcare field is emotionally and mentally rewarding, it can also be very taxing on your mind, body, and soul. Complicated patients, fragile social situations, and long hours can take a toll on even the most optimistic personalities. Additionally, the endless amount of paperwork and insurance issues often infringe upon providers’ ability to spend more time with patients. The reality is that healthcare providers are often too burdened by administrative constraints and busy schedules to be the best providers they can be. After years in the field, it can be challenging to feel passionate about healthcare. Below are several ways to renew your passion for healthcare: 

  1. Practice mindfulness 

During a complicated case, it is easy to feel stressed, anxious, and out of control. Taking slow and deep breaths can reign in your emotions and help you focus on the present moment. Practicing mindfulness essentially means allowing yourself to be completely in the moment, not letting your mind wander to past events or future outcomes that you can’t control. Mindfulness will help you feel rooted and more content.  

  1. Stay healthy 

The quality of care that you provide to patients is directly related to your own health. The better your health, the better the quality of care you can provide, and the more satisfaction you will derive from providing this care. Optimizing your health means seeing your own doctors, getting quality sleep, eating well, staying active, and dealing with issues that can impact your mental health. It may be overwhelming to address all of these issues at once, so start by focusing on one or two that you can improve.  

  1. Establish a mentorship network 

Becoming a mentor to a newer provider is a great way to rekindle your own passion. Sometimes all it takes is to see someone else’s passion for reminding you of what you love about your career in the first place. Additionally, finding a mentor can also help you by giving you an outlet to vent frustrations and seek advice from someone who may have been in a similar mental place before.  

  1. Set boundaries 

As caretakers, it can be difficult to say no to colleagues or patients, but sometimes it is necessary to avoid overworking yourself. You provide a finite set of resources, and if you take on too much, you will dilute your resources so that no patient or assignment will get adequate attention. This type of difficulty will lead to you feeling frustrated by the suboptimal quality of work. You can reverse this cycle by setting boundaries and spending more effort on things that matter most to you in your career.  

 

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