Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3 Reasons to Choose a Non-Clinical Career

This is a guest post by Susan White. If you're interested in submitting a guest post, please contact me.

3 Reasons to Choose a Non-Clinical Career

There’s no doubt that being a doctor, nurse or any other health care professional is associated with certain advantages, but because of the stress involved, more and more doctors are turning to non-clinical careers. These may not be much prestige associated with these jobs, but they are valuable because:
• They involve normal working hours: When you’re a doctor, you could be mentally on-call all the time. It’s like you’re married to your patients and their families and you may find yourself spending more time with them than your own. You could be living in a hospital. This leads to internal stress within families and may end in a broken home. When you move to a non-clinical position, your work hours can be more regular (although this is not always guaranteed) and you can spend most of your evenings and weekends with your family.

• They are not stressful: This might be debatable. However, no one would doubt that a doctor’s job is stressful to say the least. You’re frequently worried about your patients and obsessing over their conditions and you’re drained emotionally at times when there is a death or when you have to bear news of terminal illness. Non-clinical jobs are not as stressful as clinical jobs – rather, they have the same amount of stress as any normal job, but much less than that of a physician or surgeon.

• You're less likely to burn out: Non-clinical positions may not be as emotionally demanding as careers in clinical positions. This is why there are fewer chances of burn out when you choose to make the switch. Depending on the type of non-clinical career you pick, you can work at a more relaxed pace and not have to worry about keeping up with the latest medical evidence or worry about medical malpractice. The atmosphere could be less competitive and you may not feel the need to achieve success. 
The switch, if it is made, must be based on careful thought and deliberation. Non-clinical careers are not for everyone, so make sure you know exactly what each may involve and what you will be giving up.
This guest post is contributed by Susan White, who regularly writes on the subject of Radiology Technician Schools in New York. She invites your questions, comments at her email address: susan.white33@gmail.com.

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