What Makes a Successful Healthcare Professional?

healthcare professionals in a meeting

Responsible, hardworking and passionate. These are just three words that describe every healthcare organization’s ideal employee. Those pursuing a career in healthcare are well aware of the promises it holds: job security, variance of careers within the industry and the opportunity to incorporate helping others into your everyday job.

There is no doubt that healthcare is a field to consider, but how can a student studying healthcare become the most successful professional they can be? Here are some tips to help better prepare yourself for the workforce in the healthcare industry:

Be Informed

A successful healthcare professional should have an understanding in medical knowledge, as well as managerial and leadership skills. Grand Canyon University’s healthcare administration program offers classes in communication, accounting, management and even legal and ethical principles, all tailored to the healthcare industry.

It is critical that a healthcare professional be informed of their industry, and know how to manage their organization well. GCU’s program not only offers enlightening and relevant courses, but it is also taught by professionals who share the same passion and are eager to guide the students as they prepare themselves for the workforce.

Have a Well-Rounded Skillset

With a career in healthcare, an employee can find themselves in many different situations with many different people. So, what are the core competencies for students pursuing a degree in healthcare? Some of these skills include professionalism, flexibility, communication and responsibility. A successful healthcare professional should know how to handle themselves in every situation, and with a well-rounded skill set, they can adapt to the circumstances they find themselves in.

Gain Experience

The best way to guarantee success in the healthcare industry would be to have experience in the field. You can gain experience by either volunteering with a healthcare organization or by working an entry-level job in the industry.

GCU has many resources to help you find experience in the healthcare world, and even more specifically, with the type of healthcare organization you would like to work in one day. With the help of GCU’s supportive professors, ministries, clubs on campus and the Office of Internships, each student will be well prepared and experienced, and in turn, can become a successful healthcare professional.

Healthcare organizations value graduates from GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, because our curriculum connects classroom theories to working scenarios through many modalities: hands-on practice, online and lab simulations and in-depth peer discussions exploring best practices. To find out more information, visit us at our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Quin Jackson, a sophomore earning an advertising and public relations degree at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.