Health Care Professionals
With the health care workforce shortage, clinicians are currently faced with treating too many patients in too short a time to provide quality care.
Health care professionals can be good advocates for encouraging young people to look into one of the many different health care professions. Students can get first hand testimonials and information from those already in the field.
Educators / School System / Trainers
School system administrators, high-school principals, teachers and counselors are critical to helping fulfill the pipeline for tomorrow’s health care professionals, and consequently they need to be aware of the careers available in health care so they can inform students who show interest and help students to achieve their goals to become health care providers.
Government (State, Local, Federal) / Think Tanks / Policy Makers / Business Leaders / Opinion Swappers
“The squeaky wheel gets the oil” is an old saying that has particular relevancy in our mission to raise awareness of the health care worker shortage and to address it for the good of our community. Pundits, public figures, policy makers and others must be educated on the challenge we face, and recruited to support it. We must bring the issue to the mainstream public domain.
Public (Young and Old)
Parents are not aware of the numerous health care career options available. If the parents are informed, they can help inform their children of the different health care jobs.
With parents aware of the concept of career ladders, they can embrace them as a way for their children to enter health care. If parents don’t know about the health care careers available, their children are less likely to be aware of them and are less likely to be interested in an allied health field. The more informed parents are, the more informed children can be.
Students (Adult Education & Medical/Non-Medical Students)
Students, starting as early as middle or high school, need to be made aware of all of the health care career opportunities out there. A lot of the time, they don’t even know that such careers exist. If they are made aware of these careers, they may be interested in them and may find high school courses that will help them see what these jobs are and help them figure out early enough whether or not it is something they may want to pursue as a career.
Students can and should take advantage of the different classes being offered in high schools and colleges that can help them determine whether or not the health care field is right for them, and if it is, what aspect of health care best suits them.
Many job seekers considering career options are not aware of the demand for skilled individuals in health care. And in this day and age of career transience, many people looking to change careers are not aware of all that the medical industry has to offer.
Those people who are seeing jobs should take advantage of all of the resources available to learn about the different careers so that they can figure out which of the many positions would be the best fit for them.
With new medical technologies coming out all the time, we need people coming into the industry trained and knowledgeable of the new technologies as they enter the field how to use them. We need to train incumbent health care workers in the use of new technology. We must also provide the health care industry with the resources necessary to incorporate health care technology into their practice.
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Patient Health Record (PHR) systems promise a number of benefits, including instant access to a patient's medical history; improved communication among labs, hospitals and various health care providers; prevention of contraindications of prescriptions and tests; guidance on medical options to clinicians; and improved accuracy by avoiding handwritten notes.