There is a growing need for healthcare professionals globally. In the United States of America, the health sector offers more than eleven million individuals employment (USDHHS, 2001). These high numbers include both the actual doctors and other healthcare support staff. The latter form the bulk of the healthcare professionals (Huston, 2006).
The healthcare industry is the most funded by the federal and the state government with more than two trillion dollars being directed to support it annually.
Though other employment sectors have not reflected any growth; the healthcare industry has continued to grow providing millions of individuals with various career options. This is arising from a change in global lifestyles and increasing technology resulting to a demand for healthcare workers.
The healthcare system in the United States is facing an influx of patients and more so for senior citizens. As these seniors retire the shortages in healthcare workers are expected to grow. In the developing countries there is also need for more healthcare workers due to the increase in maladies that seem to target these populations.
The healthcare industry is growing is the global scene as people become more informed and make better choices for their health. There is an increasing need for other healthcare professionals including alternative medicine as consumers become more involved in making choices regarding the avenues of health they choose
The health care industry is an attractive option for individuals who desire to cultivate a demanding yet a satisfactory career. Careers in the healthcare industry provide an avenue for both personal and professional growth while still providing a rare sense of job stability.
Though very demanding, the healthcare industry offers extensive intrinsic demands as a result of the nature of the jobs involved which mainly focus on helping people who are in need.
Breadth of healthcare professions
The United States of America is looking at the healthcare industry in its bid to increase employment opportunities in the country. The healthcare industry is expected to generate more than 13% of the total employment in the country (USDHHS, 2001).
There is an increasing need for healthcare professionals. These high numbers will increase in the near future, as the government focuses on equal access of healthcare for all. In addition, there is an increase in the number of seniors in the world.
This implies that there is an increasing need for doctors, caregivers, physiotherapists, radiologists, and other professionals who were previously not needed in bulk. This also means that more healthcare workers are retiring leaving vacant posts.
Licensure is critical for some healthcare professionals. State legislatures insist on licenses for healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, radiographers and respiratory care practitioners to ensure that the patients receive quality healthcare and to validate necessary training (Marquis& Huston, 2008).
Some duties are delegated to nonlicensed workers. These include recordkeeping and administrative chores. In some states like Oklahoma, nursing aides are licensed. Complementary and alternative practitioners are licensed to ensure that they are well trained and they do not cross their medical boundaries (Huston, 2006).
In case of violation of the directives which guide the licensure, the professionals’ license is revoked or the practice suspended. These may range from reasons such as a criminal history or malpractice. Different states have different protocols in offering a license.
Canada added a mandate to ensure that all licensed doctors were well versant with human sexuality. Healthcare professionals who have emigrated from other countries are mandated to take a licensing exam if they intend to become healthcare professionals in United States. This safe guards the health of the patients by confirming their ability to offer valid healthcare.
According to the department of Health and Human Services, nursing is the most promising career in terms of job security for the next few years (USDHHS, 2001).
The nursing profession is the most appealing healthcare profession due to the rapid growth that it has experienced over the last few years from the traditional role that was often reserved for women, to become the largest healthcare occupation in the world (Marquis & Huston, 2008). The demand for more nurses is global as the world strives to deliver healthcare services to all people.
Nursing is very diverse, allowing people with different interests to fill specific niches in the profession. It offers varying interests ranging from highly specialized roles such as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or a Certified Nurse Midwife.
The different career options in nursing all require intensive study in school. This ensures that the student puts in the required effort at school and they are able to excel in the specific subjects. Nursing offers satisfaction and a sense of personal fulfillment due to the human caregiving interaction.
In order to ensure proper service delivery, I have laid the necessary foundations in the behavioral and health sciences. Nursing also offers a wide application of skills as opposed to more dormant positions in the healthcare industry.
This is ideal for me because I prefer a career that requires hands on approach. Nursing involves a lot of interpersonal interaction as the basis for most therapeutic contact between a patient and the healthcare professionals. The fact that I am a good communicator ensures that this is the right career for me.
A nurse has to be registered in order to practice nursing in the United States. To achieve this end, I intend to study extensively for my National Council Licensure Examination in order to become a registered nurse. In addition I work on developing exemplary communication and organization skills to ensure that my career as a nurse is both personally as well as professionally rewarding.
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